Bo Welch:
• Born in Yardley, Pennsylvania USA
• Holds American nationality
• Actor, director, and production designer
• Married to Catherine O'Hara with two sons
• Won BAFTA and LA Film Critics Association Award for Best Production Design

Known for movies

Short Info

SpouseCatherine O'Hara
FactBrother-in-law of Mary Margaret O'Hara and Marc O'Hara.

Who is Bo Welch?

Robert ‘Bo’ W. Welch III was born in Yardley, Pennsylvania USA, on 30 November 1951 – his zodiac sign is Sagittarius and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, film director and production designer, but who is perhaps best known for being the husband of Catherine O’Hara, a famous American-Canadian actress.

Childhood and education

Bo was raised an only child in Yardley by his father who was a firefighter, and his mother who worked as a cashier at a local supermarket.

Bo expressed his desire for becoming an actor while attending elementary school, but his parents urged him to focus on his education and obtain a degree.

Bo Welch and Catherine O'Hara

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He became physically active while attending high school, as he played football and basketball and also appeared in several plays performed at school. Bo matriculated in 1969, and then enrolled at the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973.

Acting and directing

He made his directing debut in 2000, when he directed the episode “Fail-Safe” of the action thriller series “Secret Agent Man”, and the following year saw him direct two episodes “The Big Leagues” and “Arthur Needs Space” of the action science fiction comedy series “The Tick”.

He also directed the family adventure comedy movie “The Cat in the Hat” in 2003, but which received mostly negative reviews, and between 2017 and 2019, Bo directed five episodes of the adventure comedy drama “A Series of Unfortunate Events”.

He has acted in only three films – he made an uncredited appearance in the critically acclaimed action adventure comedy “Men in Black II” in 2002, as well as in “Men in Black 3” in 2012. In 2015, he portrayed The Father in the short comedy film “Tiebreaker”, starring Phil Eastman and which follows a father and son who are playing tennis together.

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Career as a production designer

Bo worked on his first film “Heart of Steel” in 1983, and three years later on the romantic drama “Violets Are Blue”, which starred Sissy Spacek, Kevin Kline and Bonnie Bedelia, and which is about a young love which could either remain ignited or become doused.

A few of his following works were on the crime film “Stark: Mirror Image” and the thriller drama “Slow Burn” both in 1986, as well and the horror comedy “The Lost Boys” in 1987, while he gained recognition in 1988 when he worked on the critically acclaimed fantasy comedy movie “Beetlejuice”, directed by Tim Burton, and which starred Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and Michael Keaton – the film follows a spirit who is trying to make people who have just moved into his house go away.

In 1989, Bo worked on the action fantasy comedy film “Ghostbusters II”, which won two awards and was nominated for one other, and in 1990, he was the production designer of the critically acclaimed romantic fantasy movie “Edward Scissorhands”, written and directed by Tim Burton, and which starred Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder – the movie won nine awards and was nominated for 24 others, including an Oscar. A few of Bo’s following notable works were on the crime fantasy film “Batman Returns” in 1992, the family fantasy movie “A Little Princess” in 1995, and the action adventure comedy “Men in Black” in 1997.

The year 2000 saw Bo work on the science fiction comedy film “What Planet Are You From?”, and he then served as the production assistant of his first TV series – the pilot episode of the science fiction action comedy “The Tick”. Three of his most recent works as a production designer have been on the action fantasy adventure movie “Thor” in 2011, the action adventure comedy “Men in Black 3” in 2013, and 25 episodes of “A Series of Unfortunate Events” between 2017 and 2019.


In 1985, Bo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design for the coming-of-age period drama movie “The Color Purple”, and in 1990 he won a BAFTA for Best Production Design for “Edward Scissorhands”.

The year 1992 saw him become nominated for an Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Production Design for “Batman Returns”.

In 1995, he was nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Production Design and an Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Art Direction for “A Little Princess”, and a year later Bo won a Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Production Design, and was nominated for three other awards for “The Birdcage”. In 1997, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Production Design and an ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design for “Men in Black”, while his latest nomination was in 2011, for a Saturn Award for Best Production Design for “Thor”.

Love life and marriage with Catherine O’Hara

Bo met the famous actress Catherine O’Hara in 1988, while they were both working on the movie “Beetlejuice”; it was the film director Tim Burton who encouraged Bo to ask Catherine to go out on a date with him. Catherine accepted, and after four years of being together they married in a private ceremony attended by their closest friends and family on 25 April 1992. In 1994, Catherine gave birth to their son Matthew, followed in 1997 by their second son Luke.

Bo and Catherine have been leading a seemingly happy life in Los Angeles, California, and there are no rumors or controversies surrounding their marriage.

Bo hasn’t talked about any other women he might have been with before meeting Catherine, so as of September 2020, he is married and has two children.

Hobbies and other interests

Bo was physically quite active during his 20s and 30s, as he played several sports with his friends and also had several training sessions at the gym each week – even today, Bo goes to the gym at least once a week, thus his fit-looking body.

He is a lover of animals, with horses being his favorites – he and his wife have a farm and a horse for each of them. They also have several pet dogs and cats.

Bo likes to travel, and some of his favorite places out of those he has visited are London in England, Venice in Italy, and Berlin in Germany.

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Some of Bo’s favorite actors and actresses are Robert De Niro, Leonardo DiCaprio and Angelina Jolie, and some of his favorite movies are the trilogy “The Godfather”, “Titanic” and “Mr. and Mrs Smith”.

Age, height and net worth

Bo’s age is 68. He has short brown hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 8ins (1.73m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs). As of September 2020, his net worth has been estimated at over $400,000, while Catherine’s net worth is reputedly over $8 million.

Who is Catherine O’Hara?

Catherine Anne O’Hara was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on 4 March 1954 – her zodiac sign is Pisces and she holds both Canadian and American nationality.

She is perhaps still best known for her portrayal of Aunt Ann in the biographical drama film “Temple Grandin” in 2010, which was based on Temple’s book “Emergence” and which starred Claire Danes, Julia Ormond and David Strathairn. The film follows an autistic woman who becomes one of the world’s best scientists in the field of humane livestock handling, and won 34 awards including a Golden Globe, while it was nominated for 36 others. For her performance, Catherine was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild, a Satellite, and a Primetime Emmy Award.

Catherine was raised alongside her six siblings in a Catholic family of Irish descent in Toronto. She studied at Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute, where she met Robin Duke, a Canadian actress and comedian, and then became interested in acting.

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Her acting career was launched in 1974 when she joined the improvisational comedy enterprise The Second City, and two years later she became a regular in their comedy sketch program “SCTV”. After gaining recognition, Catherine was invited to voice characters in many cartoons –one of her first roles in movies was in “The Rimshots”, which failed to attract much attention, but she went on to star in the Canadian children’s sitcom “Coming Up Rosie” in 1977, and then guest starred in single episodes of many series, such as the horror anthology “Tales from the Crypt”, the science fiction series “The Outer Limits”, and the comedy “Dream On”.

She played a supporting character in Martin Scorsese’s black comedy movie “After Hours” in 1985 as well as in the 1986 romantic comedy movie “Heartburn”, which starred Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson. In 1990, she appeared in the blockbuster movie “Home Alone”, and reprised her role in “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” in 1992. Some of her other notable performances were in Tim Burton’s stop-motion animated musical dark fantasy movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas” in 1993, the 3D stop motion supernatural horror comedy movie “Frankenweenie” in 2012, and the computer-animated black comedy “The Addams Family” in 2019.

Catherine has recently been cast to voice Alma in the upcoming computer-animated adventure comedy movie “Extinct”, set to be released in 2021.

General Info

Full NameBo Welch
ProfessionFilm director, Production Designer, Television Director, Film Art Director
EducationUniversity of Arizona


SpouseCatherine O'Hara
ChildrenLuke Welch, Matthew Welch
SiblingsElizabeth Levinson


AwardsBAFTA Award for Best Production Design, Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Production Design
Music GroupsFleetwood Mac, Paris
NominationsAcademy Award for Best Production Design, Art Directors Guild Award for Excellence in Production Design for a Feature Film
MoviesThe Cat in the Hat, Brain Donors, Tiebreaker

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1Has 2 sons, Matthew Welch (born 1994) and Luke Welch (born 1997), with Catherine O'Hara.
2Graduated from the University of Arizona College of Architecture.
3Brother-in-law of Mary Margaret O'Hara and Marc O'Hara.



Production Designer

A Series of Unfortunate Events2017TV Series 8 episodes
Men in Black 32012
Land of the Lost2009
Space Chimps2008
Men in Black II2002
The Tick2001TV Series 1 episode
What Planet Are You From?2000
Wild Wild West1999
Primary Colors1998
Men in Black1997
The Birdcage1996
A Little Princess1995
Batman Returns1992
Grand Canyon1991
Edward Scissorhands1990
Joe Versus the Volcano1990
Ghostbusters II1989
The Accidental Tourist1988
The Lost Boys1987
Slow Burn1986TV Movie
Stark: Mirror Image1986TV Movie
Violets Are Blue...1986
Heart of Steel1983TV Movie

Art Director

Violets Are Blue...1986
The Color Purple1985as Robert W. Welch
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency1984TV Movie
Best Defense1984as Robert W. Welch III
Swing Shift1984
Heart of Steel1983TV Movie
The Star Chamber1983as Robert 'Bo' Welch


A Series of Unfortunate Events2017TV Series 2 episodes
The Cat in the Hat2003
The Tick2001TV Series 2 episodes
Secret Agent Man2000TV Series 1 episode

Art Department

Looker1981set designer - as Robert Welch
Used Cars1980assistant art director - uncredited
Chilly Scenes of Winter1979assistant art director - as Robert Welch



Assistant Director

A Little Princess1995second unit director


Shadows of the Bat: The Cinematic Saga of the Dark Knight - Dark Side of the Knight2005Video documentary short special thanks


Thor: From Asgard to Earth2011Video documentary shortHimself
This Is Not a Routine Expedition: Making of 'Land of the Lost'2009VideoHimself
Design in Motion: The Look of 'Men in Black II'2002Video documentary shortHimself
Metamorphosis of 'Men in Black'2000Video documentary shortHimself
The Bat, the Cat, and the Penguin1992TV Movie documentaryHimself
Saturday Night Live: 15th Anniversary1989TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Beyond Batman: Gotham City Revisited - The Production Design of Batman Returns2005Video documentary shortHimself


Won Awards

1995LAFCA AwardLos Angeles Film Critics Association AwardsBest Production DesignA Little Princess (1995)
1992BAFTA Film AwardBAFTA AwardsBest Production DesignEdward Scissorhands (1990)

Nominated Awards

2012Saturn AwardAcademy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USABest Production DesignThor (2011)
2004Razzie AwardRazzie AwardsWorst DirectorThe Cat in the Hat (2003)
1998OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Art Direction-Set DecorationMen in Black (1997)
1998Excellence in Production Design AwardArt Directors GuildFeature FilmMen in Black (1997)
1997OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Art Direction-Set DecorationThe Birdcage (1996)
1997Excellence in Production Design AwardArt Directors GuildFeature FilmThe Birdcage (1996)
1996OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Art Direction-Set DecorationA Little Princess (1995)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Art DirectionThe Birdcage (1996)
1995ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Art DirectionA Little Princess (1995)
1986OscarAcademy Awards, USABest Art Direction-Set DecorationThe Color Purple (1985)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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