Christopher Evan Welch, an actor who starred as the voice of the voice of Miles "Tails" Prower in the mid-1990s cartoon series Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog, died on Monday. He was 48.
Welch was the voice of Sonic's sidekick throughout the show's 66 episode run from 1993 to 1996, when it was one of two cartoons starring Sega's mascot and his stable of friends. (The other series, Sonic the Hedgehog, lasted two seasons on ABC's Saturday morning lineup from 1993 to 1995 and starred another actor as Tails).
Welch's career began with his television debut in the Sonic role. Following that show's run he made his Broadway debut in 1997, and he made his film debut in 2004 with the remake of The Stepford Wives.
After The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog Welch was known mostly as a character actor with brief but memorable roles, tallying credits in big-name films and television series such as Lincoln, War of the Worlds and also The Sopranos, The Practice and Law & Order, plus its two spin-offs, Criminal Intent and SVU.
Playbill reported that Welch was filming a role in HBO's upcoming Silicon Valley at the time of his death. The cause of death was not immediately known; he died at a Los Angeles hospital after a short illness.
Welch's passing came four days after the death of Jack Westelman, who under the stage name Danny Wells starred as Luigi in the live-action television series The Super Mario Bros. Super Show, which featured "Captain" Lou Albano in the title role. Albano died in 2009.
Here is a complete airing of an episode prominently featuring Welch, "Tails in Charge", the 24th episode of Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.