Remembering Kenneth Welsh
by Staff Editors
(May 7, 2022 – Toronto,ON) Veteran actor Kenneth Welsh has died. His career spanned decades and film, television and the stage. He was 80 when he died. According to Pam Winter, a partner at Toronto’s Gary Goddard Agency, Welsh “passed peacefully last evening surrounded by those closest to him.” ACTRA Toronto called the Edmonton-born Welsh “one of Canada’s all-time great performers, with hundreds of memorable roles spanning decades.”
Welsh spent 12 years working on stage in the United States. After years playing on and off-Broadway in plays directed by Mike Nichols, Michael Lindsay-Hogg and Jeffrey Sherman to name a few, Welsh returned to Canada to work in film and television. In television, Welsh was honoured with Gemini Awards for his work in Empire Inc., And Then You Die, Journey Into Darkness: The Bruce Curtis Story, and Love And Hate. He also won a Genie for Margaret’s Museum. In 1998 he was given the Earle Grey Award for Lifetime Achievement. Welsh also received a Drama League Award, an ACTRA Award, the Gascon-Thomas Award from the National Theatre School and an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta. He is also a Member of the Order of Canada.
Kenneth Welsh had agreed to an on-camera feature interview with Northernstars, but with the continuing pandemic and the added risks to seniors, we were unable to firm up a date for the recording.
Also see: our filmography for Kenneth Welsh.