Bo Welch

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Bo Welch
Robert W. Welch III

(1951-11-30) November 30, 1951 (age 69)
OccupationProduction designer, art director, director, actor
Years active1979–present
(m. 1992)

Robert W. "Bo" Welch III (born November 30, 1951) is an American production designer, art director, film and television director and occasional actor.


Early life

Welch was born in Yardley, Pennsylvania.


Welch worked as a production designer on the Tim Burton films Edward Scissorhands , Beetlejuice and Batman Returns , as well as on the Barry Sonnenfeld films Men in Black and Wild Wild West , among other films. He made his directorial debut with The Cat in the Hat but it was a critical and commercial disappointment. He has been nominated for four Academy Awards for Best Art Direction-Set Decoration, three of them shared with set decorator Cheryl Carasik and another one with J. Michael Riva and Linda DeScenna. The four films are Men in Black , The Birdcage , and A Little Princess with Carasik, [1] and The Color Purple with Riva and DeScenna.

Personal life

Welch met actress Catherine O'Hara on the set of Beetlejuice in 1988. [2] They married in 1992 and have two sons: Matthew (born 1994) and Luke (born 1997). [3]


As production designer
YearFilmOther notes
1985 The Color Purple Nominated — Academy Award for Best Production Design
1986 Violets Are Blue
1987 The Lost Boys
1988 The Accidental Tourist
1989 Ghostbusters II
1990 Edward Scissorhands BAFTA Award for Best Production Design
Joe Versus the Volcano
1991 Grand Canyon
1992 Batman Returns Nominated — Awards Circuit Community Awards for Best Production Design
1994 Wolf
1995 A Little Princess Nominated — Academy Award for Best Production Design
Nominated — Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Art Direction
1996 The Birdcage LAFCA Award for Best Production Design
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Production Design
Nominated — ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design
Nominated — Awards Circuit Community Award for Best Art Direction
1997 Men in Black Nominated — Academy Award for Best Production Design
Nominated — ADG Award for Excellence in Production Design
1998 Primary Colors
1999 Wild Wild West
2000 What Planet Are You From?
2002 Men in Black II
2008 Space Chimps
2009 Land of the Lost
2011 Thor Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Production Design
2012 Men in Black 3
2017–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events
As art director
YearFilmOther notes
1983 The Star Chamber
Heart of Steel
1984 Swing Shift
Best Defense
The Hoboken Chicken Emergency
1985 The Color Purple
1986 Violets Are Blue
As director
YearFilmOther notes
2000 Secret Agent Man Series director
2001 The Tick 2 episodes
2003 The Cat in the Hat Nominated — Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Director
2017–2019 A Series of Unfortunate Events 5 episodes
As actor
2002 Men in Black II AstronautUncredited
2012 Men in Black 3 PedestrianUncredited

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