Actor Christopher Evan Welch dead at 48

(L-R) John Glover, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Evan Welch,

(L-R) John Glover, Julie Hagerty, Christopher Evan Welch, Kate Jennings Grant and Charles Socarides are shown in a scene from Christopher Durang's "The Marriage of Bette and Boo," at the Roundabout Theatre Company's Laura Pels Theatre in Manhattan. (June 12, 2008) Photo Credit: AP

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SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- Christopher Evan Welch, the actor whose roles on New York stages led to a series of film and television parts, including a regular spot on AMC's "Rubicon," has died in Southern California.

His family said Wednesday that Welch died Dec. 2 in Santa Monica. He was 48 and had been diagnosed with lung cancer.

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The Dallas-born actor won an Obie Award in 2000 for his performance in "A Streetcar Named Desire" at the New York Theatre Workshop.

Welch had roles in "The Sopranos" and "The Good Wife," in addition to "Rubicon." Last year he played a clerk in the House of Representatives in "Lincoln."

Welch is survived by his wife, Emma, their daughter June Harper, his parents, a brother and a sister.

-- AP

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