Kenneth Welsh, the Canadian actor best known as the FBI criminal agent Windom Earle in the original Twin Peaks, he died. His death was confirmed by ACTRA, a Canadian film and television union. The cause of death was not specified.
Welsh has had more than 200 films during his long career.
“Ken was one of the best Canadian performers of all time, with hundreds of memorable roles over the decades,” ACTRA wrote in a statement. “It simply came to our notice then. Our condolences to his loved ones. “
Welsh portrayed on screen several historical figures, including Harry S. Truman, Thomas E. Dewey, Colin Thatcher, and Thomas Edison, among others.
Born in 1942 in Edmonton, Alta., Welsh studied at the National Theater School of Canada in Montreal. His early work was at the Stratford Film Festival, which specialized in Shakespeare.
Welsh’s first film was at the Shoestring Theater, a 1963 CBC anthology series. He has appeared on several other CBC television appearances.
In the 70s and 80s Welsh mostly worked in Canada, with roles in such television films as e.g. Hedda Gabler, Brothers, Reno and the Doctor, Love and Theft, Cowardly, Murder sees the light, Loose Ends, Alien Waiting and Love and hate.
In 1988, he played a supporting role in Crocodile Dundee II and starred in the episodeTwilight Zone.
After Twin PeaksWelsh has appeared in such television shows as The X-Files, the Law and Order of the External Border, Food for the Soul, and more.
Welsh is survived by his son Devon Welsh. Details of the memorial plans were not immediately available.