In a career as an actress, comedian, and screenwriter, Catherine O’ Hara has nabbed almost every award including a Genie Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, and five Canadian Screen Awards. The Canadian- American actress has amassed a massive fan following in Canada and was also appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2018. However, O’ Hara is not alone in her fame. She is married to Bo Welch, who like O’ Hara, boasts excellency in more than one field. The American is a production designer, art director, film and television director, and occasional actor. And while O’Hara is undoubtedly the more famous of the two, for this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Bo Welch.
Robert ‘Bo’ W. Welch III was born on the 30th of November, 1951, in Yardley, Pennsylvania, United States. The only child of the family, Welch spent most of his early life in Yardley with his father, who worked as a firefighter, and his mother, who worked as a cashier at the local supermarket.
Welch developed an interest in movies at a very young age but continued with his education after high school instead of trying his hand on the trade. He graduated from a local high school in 1969 and enrolled at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973.
Interested in the creative side of making movies, Welch made his debut in the entertainment industry in 1983 with the movie, The Star Chamber. The same year, Welch also worked on Heart of Steel. After working on Swing Shift, Best Defense, and The Hoboken Chicken Emergency as an art director in 1984, Welch made his debut as a production designer. His debut movie was the 1985 movie, The Color Purple. Welch was able to secure a nomination for an Academy Award for Best Production Design for the movie.
Since then, Welch has continued his work as a production designer and has worked on several award-winning movies. Some of his works include, Violets are Blue (1986), The Lost Boys (1987), The Accidental Tourist (1988), Beetlejuice (1988), Edward Scissorhands (1990) which won him a BAFTA for Best Production Design, Batman Returns (1992) which was nominated for and Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Production Design, A Little Princess (1995) which was nominated for both Academy Award for Best Production Design and Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Art Direction. But of all the star stellar work Welch has done in his career, his best work came in the 1996 movie Birdcage, which not only won Welch a LAFCA Award for Best Production Design but was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design, ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design, and Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Art Direction.
Welch also worked as the primary production designer for the Men in Black Trilogy and the 2011 Thor Movie. Welch’s only foray into TV series came in 2017 when he served as the production designer for A Series of Unfortunate Events. Over the years, Welch has also sat in the director seat and has worked on a few movies including Secret Agent Man (2000), The Tick (2001), The Cat in the Hat (2003), and A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017-2019). Welch was also seen on screen in a few of his movies including Men In Black II (2002), Men In Black 3 (2012), and Tiebraker (2014).
Bo Welch is happily married to star actress, comedian, and screenwriter, Catherine O’Hara. Much like Welch, O’Hara is the recipient of numerous awards and is renowned in Canada. The pair first met on the set of the 1988 movie Beetlejuice and began dating soon after. They tied the knot in 1992 and have two sons, Matthew (born 1994) and Luke (born 1997).