Christopher Evan Welch, an actor known for sly comic performances as well as Shakespearean roles, died on December 2 at a Los Angeles hospital. He had been shooting Mike Judge's upcoming HBO series Silicon Valley. He had been diagnosed with lung cancer.
Welch most recently appeared on the New York stage opposite Edie Falco in Manhattan Theatre Club's February 2013 off-Broadway premiere of The Madrid. His Broadway credits included London Assurance, The Crucible and Festen. Off-Broadway, his resume ranged from Shakespeare in the Park productions of Romeo and Juliet, Much Ado About Nothing and Measure for Measure to Ivo van Hove's avant garde productions of The Little Foxes and A Streetcar Named Desire (sharing an Obie Award for performance) as well as comedies such as The Pain and the Itch, The Scene and The Marriage of Bette and Boo.
Welch's film and TV work included War of the Worlds, Lincoln, The Master, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, The Stepford Wives, The Interpreter, The Hoax, The Good Shepherd, Synecdoche, Rubicon, The Sopranos, The Practice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU and The Good Wife.
Welch is believed to have been 48.