2015 Texas Film Awards – Christopher Evan Welch’s Posthumous Award Presentation

2015 Texas Film Awards – Christopher Evan Welch’s Posthumous Award Presentation

Christopher Evan Welch (1965-2013)

Mike Judge presented Christopher Evan Welch’s posthumous award to Welch’s family at the 15th Annual Texas Film Awards on Thursday, March 12, 2015.

00:00 – Mike Judge introduces Christopher Evan Welch’s clip reel
3:05 – Christopher Evan Welch’s clip reel
8:25 – Christopher Evan Welch’s family accepts the posthumous award

Obie award-winner Christopher Evan Welch was a versatile actor whose work ranged from New York stage productions of Shakespeare to the role of internet mogul Peter Gregory in Mike Judge’s critically acclaimed HBO series, “Silicon Valley.” Before his death from complications from cancer in 2013, Welch had memorable supporting roles in the recent films of top American directors, including Steven Spielberg, Paul Thomas Anderson and Woody Allen. Raised in Dallas, Welch first gained attention for his comedic talent in high school. He studied theater at the University of Dallas and the University of Washington before beginning his theatre career at the ACT Theatre in Seattle. Known especially for his comic skills, Welch often played characters who were “weak, foolish, conniving or otherwise beset by moral turpitude,” Playbill magazine once wrote. The New York Times called his portrayal of the comically anxious Sylvestre in Bill Irwin’s 1997 adaptation of Moliere’s Scapin “a sensational New York debut,” while Newsday praised him for imbuing his character with “a recessive, sweetly out-of-it nature.” His performance in director Ivo van Hove’s New York Theatre Workshop production of A Streetcar Named Desire earned him an Obie Award in 2000. He also made key appearances in recent films such as Steven Spielberg’s LINCOLN, Paul Thomas Anderson’s THE MASTER, Charlie Kaufman’s SYNECDOCHE, NY, Woody Allen’s VICKY CRISTINA BARCELONA and WHATEVER WORKS. On television, he had roles in “The Sopranos,” “Nurse Jackie” and “The Good Wife” and was a regular on AMC’s conspiracy-themed drama “Rubicon.” His final performance as Peter Gregory in “Silicon Valley” was praised by critics and audiences alike for its brilliance.

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