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Jonathan Welsh

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Jonathan Welsh
Born(1947-04-07)April 7, 1947
DiedJanuary 7, 2005(2005-01-07) (aged 57)
Years active1972–2002
SpouseHeather Welsh

Jonathan Welsh (April 3, 1947 – January 27, 2005) was a Canadian actor of stage, television and film, best known for his principal roles in Canadian television series, notably the 1986–1989 adventure comedy Adderly and the 1989–1994 journalism drama E.N.G..[1]


On E.N.G., Welsh portrayed Eric "Mac" MacFarlane, one of the first openly gay characters in North American series television, a source of considerable pride for the actor.

He also appeared in the 1979 movie City on Fire which was Canada's attempt to enter the disaster movie era. The movie was a critical and box office failure. His other film credits included roles in Agency (1980), Nothing Personal (1980), All in Good Taste (1983) and The Surrogate (1984).

His acting career began in theatre in the 1960s, with roles at the Shaw and Stratford festivals and in the 1969 Canadian debut of Hair at the Royal Alexandra Theatre.

In 1990, Welsh founded Performers for Literacy, an acclaimed national charity that encourages children to read with interactive shows and readings, and with Second Story Reading Centres in Toronto and Edmonton.

Personal life[edit]

Toward the end of his life, he moved from Toronto to Belleville, Ontario, where he died in his sleep after a short illness. He was survived by his wife Heather and three children, Hilary, Owen and Julia.[1]



Year Title Role Notes
1976 Second Wind Simon
1977 Starship Invasions Missile Officer
1979 City on Fire Herman Stover
1980 The Agency Detective Ross
1980 Nothing Personal Critchett Jr.
1983 All in Good Taste Timothy
1984 The Surrogate Brenner
1988 Switching Channels Chaplain
1990 Thick as Thieves John Sphincter


Year Title Role Notes
1972 Dr. Simon Locke Sam Dawes Episode: "The Assassin"
1974 The National Dream A. B. Rogers Episode: "The Sea of Mountains"
1975 King of Kensington Technician Episode: "Hot Line Host"
1976 Peep Show Donald Episode: "The Victim"
1976, 1977 Sidestreet Glen Olsen 3 episodes
1980 The Great Detective Henry Mason Episode: "Spirit Guide"
1980 A Population of One Harry Television film
1980–1982 The Littlest Hobo Various roles 4 episodes
1981 Escape from Iran: The Canadian Caper Michael Howland Television film
1985 The Edison Twins Coach Neilson Episode: "Mind and Body"
1986 Night Heat Kelly Episode: "Brotherhood"
1986 Mafia Princess Dr. Towers Television film
1986 Hangin' In Chunky Episode: "I Can't Help You But My Sister Can"
1986 The Magical World of Disney Jerry Episode: "Young Again"
1986 Danger Bay Ned Kane Episode: "Deep Peril"
1986 Unnatural Causes Dr. Lester Television film
1986–1988 Adderly Melville Greenspan 44 episodes
1987 Street Legal Immerman Episode: "A Little Knowledge"
1988 T. and T. Sloan Episode: "Mickey's Choice"
1989 War of the Worlds Jack Sawyer Episode: "So Shall Ye Reap"
1989 Starting from Scratch Jack Grady Episode: "Me, the Jury"
1989–1994 E.N.G.
1990 Hitler's Daughter Zimmerman Television film
1990 Dracula: The Series Arthur Bauer Episode: "The Vampire Solution"
1990 In Defense of a Married Man D.A. Papernow Television film
1990 Maniac Mansion Agent Bower Episode: "National Security Risk"
1992 The Great Diamond Robbery Littlefield Television film
1993 Secret Service Hart Episode: "Lone-Star Sting/The White Guard"
1993 Kung Fu: The Legend Continues Bob Chandler Episode: "Straitjacket"
1993 The Hidden Room Professor Episode: "Transfigured Night"
1994 Spenser: The Judas Goat Felix Television film
1994 Janek: The Silent Betrayal Garrett
1996 F/X: The Series Tasker Episode: "Eye of the Dragon"
1998 Goosebumps Mr. Lantz Episode: "Awesome Ants"
1998 A Father for Brittany Robert Lussier Television film
1999 Total Recall 2070 Harry 2 episodes
1999 Psi Factor Gavin Richter Episode: "The Observer Effect"
1999 Milgaard Calvin Tallis Television film
1999 If You Believe Dylan Lewis
2000 The Wonderful World of Disney Park Policeman Episode: "Santa Who?"
2002 Earth: Final Conflict Prof. Simon Ruttledge Episode: "Legacy"


  1. ^ a b "CBC.ca Arts - Jonathan Welsh, veteran Canadian actor, dead at 57". Archived from the original on 12 March 2007.

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