Christopher Evan Welch

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Christopher Evan Welch
Born (1965-09-28)September 28, 1965
Fort Belvoir, Virginia, US
Died December 2, 2013(2013-12-02) (aged 48)
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1999–2013
Spouse(s) Emma Roberts Welch (2008–2013; his death)[1]
Children 1

Christopher Evan Welch (September 28, 1965 – December 2, 2013) was an American actor.

Early life[edit]

Welch was born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. He began his career at the University of Dallas where he attended on a full scholarship.[2][3]


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. 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.

He had roles in the 2008 films What Just Happened, Vicky Cristina Barcelona, and Synecdoche, New York. He also 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 cameo in the television series Golden Boy.[4][5]

At the time of his death, he was filming his scenes as Peter Gregory in the HBO series Silicon Valley, having completed five episodes.[6] 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.[7]

Welch had an extensive stage career. He appeared in several noted Off-Broadway productions, as well as in three Broadway shows.[8]

Welch also narrated The Last Apprentice Series audiobooks, a young adult fantasy series, for Harper Audio, as well as a wide range of other audiobooks.

Personal life[edit]

Welch died due to complications of cancer[9] on December 2, 2013, at a hospital in Santa Monica, California.[10][11] He was 48 years old. Welch was survived by his wife, daughter, parents, and siblings.[6][12]



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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