From Star Trek to Lucifer, Michael Welch has been a busy man.

American actor Michael Welch was born July 25, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, which makes Sunday, July 25, 2021 his 34th birthday. We’ve been watching him for over two decades and he’s grown into a fine young actor, with over a hundred roles to his credit.

Michael Welch as Artim {image via Paramount}

Michael Welch in Science Fiction

Welch’s first movie role was as Artim in StarTrek: Insurrection,(1998) the Ba’ku boy who was originally frightened of Data, but eventually befriended him.

In the Birds of Prey episode “Three Birds and a Baby,” Welch played fourteen year old Guy.

In the Twilight franchise, he played Mike Newton in five movies from 2008 to 2012.

Welch guest starred in Stargate SG-1, as a juvenile clone of Col. Jack O’Neill in the episode “Fragile Balance”

He played Luke Girardi in forty-five episodes of Joan of Arcadia.

Michael Welch and Richard Dean Anderson as clone and actual Jack O’Neill {image via Gekko Film}

In the zombie comedy Z Nation, he played Mack Thompson in thirteen episodes.

He was Hansel in Hansel and Gretel Get Baked (2013)

Michael Welch appeared in A Haunting in Cawdor (2015) with Cary Elwes (Westley in The Princess Bride, Mayor Kline in Stranger Things.

Welch played Tyler Waters in Blood Craft (2019)

Welch starred in the Christmas fantasy A Christmas Hero (2020)

He also had guest roles in The X-Files, Grimm, The Invisible Man, Touched by an Angel and Lucifer.


Michael Welch has done several voiceovers for cartoons and video games. He replaced Dickie Jones (1927 -2014) as the voice of Disney’s Pinocchio in The House of Mouse. He was also heard in two episodes of Nickelodeon’s Hey, Arnold! and four episodes of Disney’s Fillmore! He voiced Theodore McGill in the animated feature Rocket Power: Race Across New Zealand (2002).


Michael Welch has been married twice, first to former child actress Marissa Lefton, and currently to set dresser and former model Samantha Maggio. He has two children. He’s won two Young Artist Awards and two festival awards:

  • Young Artist Award: Star Trek: Insurrection
  • Young Artist Award: Joan of Arcadia
  • Los Angeles FirstGlance Film Festival, 2011: Best Actor for Unrequited (2010)
  • FilmOut San Diego, 2014: FilmOut Festival Award, Best Actor for Boy Meets Girl

Happy Birthday, Michael Welch!


Susan Macdonald
Susan Macdonald

Susan Macdonald is the author of the children’s book “R is for Renaissance Faire”, as well as 26 short stories, mostly fantasy in “Alternative Truths”, “Swords and Sorceress ”, Swords &Sorceries Vols. 1, 2, & 5, “Cat Tails” “Under Western Stars”, and “Knee-High Drummond and the Durango Kid”. Her articles have appeared on’s web site, in The Inquisitr, and in The Millington Star. She enjoys Renaissance Faires (see book above), science fiction conventions,  Highland Games, and Native American pow-wows.