Prolific Canadian actor Kenneth Welsh dies at 80


Prolific Canadian actor Kenneth Welsh has died after a decades-long career on stage, television and the big screen. He was 80 years old.

Pam Winter, partner at Toronto’s Gary Goddard agency, said Welsh “passed away peacefully last night surrounded by his loved ones.”

ACTRA Toronto called welsh “one of the greatest Canadian performers of all time, with hundreds of memorable roles spanning decades.”

The actors’ union added, “He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his loved ones.”

In 1988, Welsh went through CBC Noon and talked about the varied work he had done in his career and his ability to play any friend or foe in a storyline.

“I go back and forth between playing cops and robbers,” Welsh said. Noonsummarizing the range of roles in which he sometimes stepped in.

On TV, Welsh has appeared in series as varied as twin peaks, Mr D, X files and Star Trek: Discovery.

His big screen credits included roles in Martin Scorsese the aviatora sequel to Crocodile Dundee and Roland Emmerich’s big-budget sci-fi disaster film, Two days later.