Who is Titus Welliver?
Titus B. Welliver is an American stage, television, and film actor, best recognised for his performances in the web television series ‘Bosch’ and television series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘Deadwood.’ A student of drama from the New York University, Welliver commenced his professional acting career in the early 1990s appearing in both on-screen and on-stage productions. He performed in several plays including in Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I and II, and ‘American Buffalo.’ His television works include playing recurring roles in series ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘That's Life,’ ‘Sons of Anarchy’ and ‘The Good Wife’; semi-regular role in the series ‘Deadwood’; and main role in the series ‘Brooklyn South.’ Presently he plays titular role of Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch in the web television series ‘Bosch.’ His small-screen pursuits also include featuring in several television films like ‘The Day Lincoln Was Shot’; and guest starring in series such as ‘NCIS’ and ‘Law & Order.’ Notable film roles of Welliver include playing Dante Marcus in the American action thriller ‘Man on a Ledge’ and James Savoy, in the American sci-fi action film ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction.’ He has also contributed as narrator of many audio books.
Childhood & Early Life
Titus B. Welliver was born on March 12, 1962, in New Haven, Connecticut, US to landscape painter Neil Welliver and fashion illustrator Norma Cripps. Welliver faced many tragedies in his personal life. His father’s home, studio, and several artworks therein were lost in a fire in 1975. The following year his younger sister died in infancy. Six months later his step-mother succumbed to an infection. His elder brother, Silas, suffered from and passed away due to muscular dystrophy, while his younger brother, Eli, was killed in 1991 in Thailand.
Welliver grew up in Philadelphia and New York City. Initially he wanted to pursue career as painter, however later he resolved to become an actor. He thus enrolled at the New York University in the early 1980s and studied drama. Meanwhile he sustained himself doing odd jobs. These included working as bartender and construction worker.
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The role of Redneck in Bar in the Charlie Sheen starrer 1990 American military action film ‘Navy SEALs’ marked the first paid acting work of Welliver. The following year he featured as American gangster and businessman Al Capone in the American crime film ‘Mobsters.’ Meanwhile he performed in many theatrical productions like ‘Naked at the Coast,’ ‘American Buffalo,’ ‘Riff Raff’ and Shakespeare's Henry IV Parts I and II. He also started appearing in television and guest featured in series like ‘Matlock’ (1990), ‘L.A. Law’ (1992), and ‘The Commish’ (1992).
He starred as Ray Manta in the 1994 American action film ‘Zero Tolerance.’ He landed up with the recurring role of Dr. Mondzac in the American police procedural drama television series ‘NYPD Blue’ in 1995. He featured in 8 episodes of the series till 1998. The series ‘Brooklyn South’ that tried to develop a setting of a realistic police station more or less like the one shown in ‘NYPD Blue’ featured Welliver in the starring role of Officer Jake Lowery. It aired on CBS from September 22, 1997 to April 27, 1998.
He played conspirator Lewis Thornton Powell in the April 12, 1998 aired television movie ‘The Day Lincoln Was Shot.’ Over the years, he has appeared in several other television movies like ‘One Woman's Courage’ (1994), ‘Mind Prey’ (1999), ‘True Blue’ (2010) and ‘Good Morning, Killer’ (2011). He also featured in short films like ‘Tick, Tick, Tick’ (1994) and ‘Item 47’ (2012); in the television documentary ‘Lost: The Final Journey’ (2010); and contributed voice in the open world action-adventure video game ‘Mafia II’ (2010).
He starred as FBI Special Agent Jimmy Flynn in the 2001 American television drama series ‘Big Apple.’ Same year he earned the recurring role of Dr. Eric Hackett in the American comedy-drama series ‘That's Life.’ He essayed the role in 17 episodes of the series till 2002.
One of his most notable television roles was that of the semi-regular character of Silas Adams in the HBO aired American Western television series ‘Deadwood.’ He appeared in 26 episodes of the series during 2004–2006. Moving on, he played Man in Black in three episodes of the popular American drama television series ‘Lost’ (2009–2010); and recurring roles of Irish gun kingpin Jimmy O'Phelan and Glenn Childs in the television series ‘Sons of Anarchy’ (2009–2010) and ‘The Good Wife’ (2009–2011) respectively.
Since February 6, 2014, he plays the titular role of Los Angeles Police detective Harry Bosch in the American police procedural web television series ‘Bosch.’ The series is presently in its fifth season that released on April 18, 2019. Executive producer of the series Michael Connelly has also confirmed a sixth season of the show that is planned for an April 2020 premiere.
Meanwhile, Welliver continued to further his big-screen presence featuring in several films such as ‘Once in the Life’ (2000), ‘Assault on Precinct 13’ (2005), ‘Man on a Ledge’ (2012) and ‘Transformers: Age of Extinction’ (2014). He also appeared in all the films directed by Ben Affleck so far, namely ‘Gone Baby Gone’ (2007), ‘The Town’ (2010), ‘Argo’ (2012) and ‘Live by Night’ (2016).
Apart from acting, Welliver also did commercials for Comcast Business Class and became ambassador of the campaign of Gentleman Jack called ‘What is the order?’ He narrated many audio books which includes American western novels of Robert B. Parker namely ‘Ironhorse,’ 'Blue-Eyed Devil', 'Brimstone' and 'Appaloosa'; and crime fiction novels of the Michael Connelly 'Bosch' series namely 'The Wrong Side of Goodbye', 'The Burning Room' and 'The Crossing'.
He also followed his father’s footsteps into landscape painting and earned acclaim exhibiting his works in Connecticut, California and Maine.
Family & Personal Life
Welliver married Heather Elizabeth Wielandt on August 26, 1989. The two eventually divorced. He was also married to Hollywood talent agent Dani Sexton for some time.
He married actress Joanna Heimbold in 1998. Together they have two children, Eamonn Lorcan Charles born on May 20, 1999 and Quinn Welliver born in 2002. The couple called it quits in 2004. A year after his divorce with Heimbold, Welliver married indie film producer Elizabeth W. Alexander. The latter, with whom Welliver has a daughter called Cora Welliver (born in 2006), succumbed to breast cancer on October 23, 2012. On April 12, 2014, he married Dutch fashion consultant and ex-model Jose Stemkens (Josepha Theordora Stemkens). According to some sources, the couple has separated.
Hobbies of Welliver include playing the harmonica. He is also a big fan of comic books, an interest he nurtures since his childhood.