Christopher Evan Welch

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Christopher Evan Welch
Born(1965-09-28)September 28, 1965
DiedDecember 2, 2013(2013-12-02) (aged 48)
Alma materUniversity of Dallas[1]
Years active1999–2013
Spouse(s)Emma Roberts Welch (2008–2013; his death)[2]
ChildrenJune Harper[3]

Christopher Evan Welch (September 28, 1965 – December 2, 2013) was an American TV, film and stage actor. He is best known as the narrator in Woody Allen's Vicky Cristina Barcelona, Richard Dwyer in an episode of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and his role as Peter Gregory in the HBO series Silicon Valley. Welch died due to complications from lung cancer in Santa Monica, California in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Welch was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia.[4] He attended the University of Dallas on a full scholarship and was a graduate of the school's drama program.[5] He went on to graduate school in Seattle, Washington.[6]


In 1999, Welch appeared in NBC's Third Watch. In 2000, he appeared in the television series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, the short film Custody, and the television film Hamlet. He then appeared in an episode each of The Practice, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Whoopi.

Welch had an extensive stage career. He appeared in several noted Off-Broadway productions, as well as in three Broadway shows.[7]

In 2004, Welch appeared in the films Marie and Bruce, The Stepford Wives, and Keane. In 2005, he again appeared in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and also had roles in the films The Interpreter and War of the Worlds. In 2006, he had roles in the television shows, The Book of Daniel and The Sopranos, as well as the films The Hoax and The Good Shepherd.

Welch had roles in the 2008 films What Just Happened and Synecdoche, New York. He appeared as David Haig in the television series Law & Order from 2008–2010. In 2009, he appeared in the film Whatever Works and the television series Nurse Jackie. In 2010, he appeared as Grant Test in the AMC series Rubicon. In 2012, he appeared in the films The Master and Lincoln as Clerk of the House Edward McPherson, as well as a role in the television series Elementary. In 2013, he also had a role in the films Syrup and Admission, with a role in the television series Golden Boy.[8][9]

At the time of his death, he was filming his scenes as Peter Gregory in the HBO series Silicon Valley, having completed five episodes.[10] Cast members have said Welch's character would not be written out of the show, and that future episodes would feature mentions of Peter Gregory in tribute.[11] When Silicon Valley won the Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Comedy Series, creator Mike Judge dedicated the award to Welch, at the request of Welch's co-star T.J. Miller.

Welch narrated The Last Apprentice series audiobooks, a young adult fantasy series, for Harper Audio, as well as other audiobooks.[12]

Welch has commonly been confused with Christopher Stephen Welch, best known for voicing Tails in the TV show Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog. News of his death flooded various Sonic fan sites, before Stephen Welch commented on an article written by "Barry The Nomad" of Segabits, confirming that Evan Welch did not voice Tails. He also stated that he retired from acting at age 13 and was a sales representative for a food distribution company in Vancouver, Canada.

Welch sang in a rock band, the Ottoman Bigwigs.[6][13]


Welch died due to complications of lung cancer[14] on December 2, 2013, at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.[15][16] He was 48 years old. Welch is survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.[10][17]



Year Title Role Notes
2000 Chinese Coffee Hamlet Actor
2004 Marie and Bruce Party Guest
2004 The Stepford Wives Ed Wainwright
2004 Keane Motel Clerk
2005 The Interpreter Jonathan Williams
2005 War of the Worlds Photographer
2006 The Hoax Albert Vanderkamp
2006 The Good Shepherd Photography Technical Officer
2008 Vicky Cristina Barcelona Narrator Voice
2008 What Just Happened Studio Marketing Guy
2008 Synecdoche, New York Pastor
2009 Whatever Works Howard
2011 Our Idiot Brother Robbie Uncredited
2012 Lincoln Edward McPherson
2012 The Master John More
2013 Admission Brandt
2013 Syrup Davies


Year Title Role Notes
2000 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit William Lexner Episode: "Remorse"
2001 The Practice Public Defender Bernard Shandley Episode: "Payback"
2003 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Dr. Thomas Dysart Episode: "See Me"
2005 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Richard Dwyer Episode: "911"
2006 The Book of Daniel Scott Clarkson Episode: "Forgiveness"
2006 The Sopranos ER Doctor Episode: "Join the Club"
2008–2010 Law & Order David Haig 3 episodes
2009 Nurse Jackie Skip Nannerine Episode: "School Nurse"
2010 The Good Wife Dr. Miner Episode: "Doubt"
2010 Rubicon Grant Test 12 episodes
2012 Elementary Samuel Abbott Episode: "Child Predator"
2013 Golden Boy Neil Jacobs Episode: "Sacrifice"
2014 Silicon Valley Peter Gregory 6 episodes
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series


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  2. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (December 5, 2013). "Christopher Evan Welch, 48, a Versatile, Busy Actor, Dies". The New York Times. p. B17. Archived from the original on April 14, 2014. Retrieved April 14, 2014.
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  4. ^ "Christopher Evan Welch Biography, Celebrity Facts and Awards". Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  5. ^ "Former Dallas Actor Christopher Evan Welch Has Died | Art&Seek". Art&Seek. 2013-12-06. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  6. ^ a b "Before He Died, Christopher Evan Welch Gave Us The Perfect Embodiment Of Tech-World Hubris". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 24, 2014. Retrieved February 19, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Christopher Evan Welch". Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  9. ^ "Christopher Evan Welch Actor". 2014-06-09. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  10. ^ a b "Christopher Evans Welch dead, appeared on Rubicon". 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  11. ^ Mulshine, Molly. ‘Silicon Valley’ Cast: Peter Gregory Remains on Show Despite Actor’s Untimely Death. Betabeat. May 21, 2014.
  12. ^ "Actor Christopher Evan Welch Dies at 48". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-27.
  13. ^ "Actor Christopher Evan Welch Dies at 48". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-07-25.
  14. ^ Slotnik, Daniel E. (2013-12-05). "Christopher Evan Welch, 48, a Versatile, Busy Actor, Dies". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2015-05-04.
  15. ^ Phillips, Michael. "Christopher Evan Welch: An actor who made an impression". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 5 December 2013.
  16. ^ Molly Mulshine (2014-05-21). "'Silicon Valley' Cast: Peter Gregory Remains Despite Actor's Death". Observer. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  17. ^ "R.I.P. Christopher Evan Welch". 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2016-06-04.

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