Who did Kenneth Welsh play in ‘Twin Peaks?’ Tributes pour in as actor passes away at 80

Actor Kenneth Welsh recently passed away at the age of 80. He died on May 5 at his home outside Toronto and was surrounded by his loved ones.

Welsh’s cause of death has not been revealed until now. ACTRA, the union of Canadian actors, paid tribute to Welsh on May 6 via social media and wrote:

“Ken was one of Canada’s all-time great performers, with hundreds of memorable roles spanning decades. He will be greatly missed.”

ACTRA Toronto is extremely saddened today by the passing of Kenneth Welsh. Ken was one of Canada’s all-time great performers, with hundreds of memorable roles spanning decades. He will be greatly missed. Our condolences to his loved ones from him. https://t.co/SqcV3Wmhqk

Kenneth Welsh’s character in Twin Peaks

Welsh gained recognition for his performance as Windom Earle in Twin Peaks. The character is a former FBI agent and former partner of Agent Dale Cooper.

Earle appeared in the later half of the second season and is an evil genius and a master of disguise. He has a lot of knowledge about Dugpas, ancient Tibetan sorcerers dedicated to pure evil.


Earle claims to have killed his wife Caroline and is fascinated with Black Lodge, whose secrets he tries to unlock alongside black magic. Major Garland Biggs also said that he and Earle were involved in Project Blue Book and that their investigation into Earle’s involvement was linked to Twin Peaks and not the usual UFO investigations.

Windom is obsessed with chess and it plays an important role in all the episodes. Earle kills a victim for every chess piece he wins during a correspondence game with Agent Cooper. Cooper took the help of Pete Martell, a local chess expert, to force a stalemate with as little loss of pieces as possible.

Everything known about Kenneth Welsh

Kenneth Welsh appeared in several films and television series (Image via Juanito Aguil/Getty Images)


Welsh played the role of the vice president of the United States in the 2004 environmental disaster film, The Day After Tomorrow. However, his appearance in the film led to some controversy due to his physical resemblance to Dick Cheney, the real-life vice president at the time.

He was a follower of the American spiritual teacher, Adi Da. He also narrated Da’s audiobook, What, Where, When, How, Why, and Who to Remember to Be Happyin 2000.

Fans pay tribute on Twitter

Kenneth Welsh became famous all these years for his flawless performances in film and television. Twitter was flooded with tributes when people heard about his death.

RIP Kenneth Welsh, the maniacal master of disguise and mayhem in Twin Peaks, Windom Earle. https://t.co/zd29YYgwgC

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