Michael Welch (actor)

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Michael Welch
Born Michael Alan Welch
(1987-07-25) July 25, 1987 (age 27)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1998–present
Website
michaelwelchact.com

Michael Alan Welch (born July 25, 1987) is an American television and film actor best known for the role of Luke Girardi on the television series Joan of Arcadia and for the role of Mike Newton in the films Twilight, New Moon, Eclipse and Breaking Dawn.

Life and career[edit]

Welch was born in California,[1] and his father is Protestant and his mother Jewish.[2]

Welch is best known for his role as the popular Mike Newton in The Twilight Saga film series. Although he auditioned for the part of Edward Cullen, he was cast in the role of Mike Newton.[3] He's also well known for his role as Luke Girardi in the television series Joan of Arcadia, which ran for two seasons (2003-2004 and 2004-2005).[4]

Welch was cast in the series Z Nation on Syfy, which began airing in the fall of 2014.[5] He also appeared in the 2014 film Boy Meets Girl, a romantic comedy which received many awards at LGBT film festivals in the U.S. and internationally.[6]

Awards[edit]

Welch is the recipient of two Young Artist Awards. His first was for his performance in the film Star Trek: Insurrection at the age of 10. The second was for his work as Luke Girardi on the Joan of Arcadia.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Welch married Marissa Lefton in 2008. The couple separated in 2011, and jointly filed for divorce in California on February 14, 2013.[8]

Select filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1998 Frasier Young Niles TV, 1 episode (first acting appearance)
Star Trek: Insurrection Artim Young Artist Award
1999 Jesse Gabe TV, 3 episodes
2003-2005 Joan of Arcadia Luke Girardi TV; Young Artist Award
2006 All the Boys Love Mandy Lane Emmet
2008 The Riches Ike TV, 4 episodes
Twilight Mike Newton
2009 The Twilight Saga: New Moon Mike Newton
2010 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Mike Newton
2011 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 Mike Newton
2013 Grimm Jake Barnes TV, Season 3 Episode 4.[9]
2014 Boy Meets Girl Robby
Z Nation Mack TV

He also made an appearance in the movie Grace Unplugged (2013)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Interview with Michael Welch, March 2005". TheStarScoop.com. 2005-03-29. Retrieved 2012-05-12. 
  2. ^ "Joan of Arcadia's Michael Welch Keeps the Holiday Light". People.com. 2004-12-03. Retrieved 2012-03-21. 
  3. ^ Carroll, Larry (July 1, 2008). "'Twilight' Actor Michael Welch Auditioned For Edward Cullen But Found Right Fit With Athletic Geek Mike Newton". MTV.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  4. ^ Mainon, Dominique; Ursini, James (2006). Modern Amazons: Warrior Women on Screen. Pompton Plains, N.J.: Limelight Editions. p. 367. ISBN 9780879103279. 
  5. ^ Weinstein, Shelli (August 19, 2014). "Syfy Releases 'Z Nation' Trailer, Can It Compete with 'The Walking Dead'?". Variety. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  6. ^ Kramer, Gary M. (June 25, 2014). "Frameline Interview: Eric Schaeffer On His Trans Rom Com 'Boy Meets Girl'". Indiewire.com. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  7. ^ Spencer, Liv (2010). Love Bites: The Unofficial Saga of Twilight. Toronto: ECW Press. p. 96. ISBN 9781554909308. 
  8. ^ "Twilight Star Michael Welch Divorces". Glamour. February 26, 2013. Retrieved August 31, 2014. 
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3142398/

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