Actor Michael Welch was born on July 25, 1987 in Los Angeles, California. His first acting role was in the sitcom Frasier, appearing in a 1993 episode as a younger version of Niles. Some of his other early roles include guest stints in Two Guys, A Girl And A Pizza Place, Walker, Texas Ranger and 7th Heaven, as well as films such as Star Trek: Insurrection and Straight Right.
Welch would gain wide prominence, however, from 2003, when he took a regular role in the drama series Joan of Arcadia. There, he starred as Luke Girardi, the younger brother of protagonist Joan (Amber Tamblyn). The series was applauded by critics throughout its two-year run. He continued taking guest roles on television, appearing in CSI, Stargate SG-1, NCIS, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Numb3rs and The Riches. He also starred in films such as The United States of Leland, An American Crime and Twilight.
In 2009, he reprised his role in the vampire saga as Mike Newton on the sequel New Moon, and later on in Eclipse. Other than that, he landed roles in Criminal Minds and the indie thriller Unrequited.
Los Angeles, California, USA
He is a skilled drummer.
He played drums in a band with another actor, Joey Zimmerman.
Has an older sister, Sarah, who is an Optometrist working in a VA Hospital.
As his eyes are blue in real-life, he had to wear contact lenses when playing the younger version of Colonel Jack O'Neill in the "Stargate SG-1" (1997) episode "Fragile Balance" as Richard Dean Anderson (who plays the usual version of the character) has brown eyes.
Got his first car, a Toyota Prius, in October 2004.
His family owns a dog named Charley. It was a runaway after the 1994 earthquake in Northridge, California that they adopted.
Andrew Dorsett, the Young Frasier to his Young Niles in "Frasier" (1993) episode "Where Every Bloke Knows Your Name," plays in a band with one of Welch's friends who is also one of his former drum instructors.
Has played both an autistic youth in the movie "United States of Leland", and a genius in the series "Joan of Arcadia".
His favourite TV show is "Family Guy" (1999).
His favourite films are Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986) and The Matrix (1999).
2004: Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor
for: "Joan of Arcadia" (2003)
1999: Young Artist Award for Best Performance in a Feature Film - Supporting Young Actor
for: Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
2010: Criminal Minds (TV series) - Syd Pearson
2010: Glenn Martin DDS (TV series)
2010: Eclipse - Mike Newton
2010: Unrequited - Ben Jacobs
2010: New Moon - Mike Newton
2009: Lost Dream - Perry
2002-2009: CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV series) - Steuben Lorenz/Todd Branson
2009: My Suicide - Earl
2009: The Grind - Josh
2008: Twilight - Mike Newton
2008: The Coverup - Kevin Thacker
2008: The Riches (TV series) - Ike
2008: Day of the Dead - Trevor Cross
2008: American Son - Goldie
2007: CSI: Miami (TV series) - Shane Partney
2007: Numb3rs (TV series) - Kyle Clippard
2007: The Beautiful Ordinary - Stephen
2007: The Politician - Max
2007: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (TV series) - Scott Heston
2007: An American Crime - Teddy
2006: All the Boys Love Mandy Lane - Emmet
2006: Crossing Jordan (TV series) - Josh Winter
2006: Navy NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service (TV series) - Kody Meyers
2005: Cold Case (TV series) - Daniel Potter, 1972
2005: Strong Medicine (TV series) - Win
2005: Without a Trace (TV series) - Lance
2003-2005: Joan of Arcadia (TV series) - Luke Girardi
2003-2004: Fillmore! (TV series) - Cockney Kid / Cyrus / Kid #1 (voice)
2002-2003: Hey Arnold! (TV series) - Curly Gammelthorpe (voice)
2003: Stargate SG-1 (TV series) - Young Jack O'Neill
2003: The United States of Leland - Ryan Pollard
2001-2002: House of Mouse (TV series) - Pinocchio (voice)
2002: Birds of Prey (TV series) - 14 Year Old 'Guy'
2002: The Angel Doll - Little Jerry Barlow
2002: 2002 Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand (TV movie) (voice)
2001: Judging Amy (TV series) - Mike Amble
2001: Mickey's Magical Christmas: Snowed in at the House of Mouse (video) (voice)
2001: The District (TV series) - Christian Gilroy
2001: Touched by an Angel (TV series) - Robbie McGregor
2001: The Invisible Man (TV series) - Adam Reese
2001: The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (TV movie) - Butte Whipple
2001: The X Files (TV series) - Trevor
2001: Malcolm in the Middle (TV series) - Josh
2001: Delivering Milo - Mr. Owen
2000: The Drew Carey Show (TV series) - Scout #1
2000: Personally Yours (TV movie) - Sam Stanton
2000: The Pretender (TV series) - Eric Gantry
2000: Straight Right - Joey Geddes
2000: Shasta McNasty (TV series) - Jeff
2000: Ladies Man (TV series) - Kyle
2000: American Adventure (TV movie) - Kevin
1999: Jesse (TV series) - Gabe
1999: The Norm Show (TV series) - Jimmy
1999: Walker, Texas Ranger (TV series) - Adam Crossland
1999: 7th Heaven (TV series) - Donovan Birbeck
1998-1999: Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (TV series) - Michael Rush
1998: Star Trek: Insurrection - Artim
1998: Chicago Hope (TV series) - Lama Topa Rinpoche
1998: Veronica's Closet (TV series) - Aaron
1998: Frasier (TV series) - Young Niles
(Regarding his performance as Luke on "Joan of Arcadia") I don't feel that I'm playing it like a nerd. I've never liked to play stereotypes.
[You have to] put your own ego aside and do what's right for the role. I've always been willing to do that. I really don't care what I look like as long as it fits with the thing I'm working on.
I always thought it'd be fun to go to a sci-fi convention, watch a bunch of Klingons walking around, all of that kind of stuff.