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Full NameJames Westley Welch
First NameJames
Middle NameWestley
Last NameWelch
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual OrientationStraight
Marital StatusDivorced
SpouseRaquel Welch(1959 to 1964)
No Of Children2
Networth$40 M

James Westley Welch was famous as the former husband of Golden-globe award-winning actress Raquel Welch.

James Westley Welch with his ex-wife Raquel Welch
James Westley Welch with his ex-wife Raquel Welch. Source: Pinterest

Raquel was his high school sweetheart

Raquel was his high school sweetheart, whom he married on the 8th of May, 1959

From their marriage union, they gave birth to their two children, Damon Welch, on the 6th of November, 1959, and Latanne “Tahnee” Welch, on the 26th of December, 1961. 

However, their marriage could not last long. They were separated two years before they got divorced in 1964

Both of their children are in the entertainment industry. They both are actors. 

James Westley Welch daughter Tahnee is an actress and model
James Westley Welch daughter Tahnee is an actress and model. Source: Pinterest
James Westley Welch also shares a son Damon with Raquel Welch
James Westley Welch also shares a son Damon with Raquel Welch. Source: Pinterest

Raquel retained his last name until her death 

Raquel sadly passed away on the 15th of February, 2023, at her home in Los Angeles, following a brief illness. 

She was 82. The news of her death was confirmed by her manager Steve Sauer

Raquel, who was born Jo Raquel Tejada, changed her name to Welch after she married James and retained his last name until her death.

She married thrice after him

Following his divorce from Raquel, Raquel married thrice. She got married to American film producer Patrick Curtis in 1967

In 1968, Rachel was having an extramarital affair with Spanish actor Sancho Gracia

When Curtis found they were staying in Aguadulce, he chased Gracia at gunpoint through the hotel. They divorced in 1972

She then married French film and television producer Andre Weinfeld and divorced him a decade later. 

She married for the fourth time in 1999 Mulberry Street Pizzeria owner Richard Palmer before divorcing him in 2008.

James Westley Welch ex-wife Raquel Welch was married to film producer Patrick Curtis from 1967 to 1972
James Westley Welch ex-wife Raquel Welch was married to film producer Patrick Curtis from 1967 to 1972. Source: Pinterest

When asked about her failed marriage while appearing on Piers Morgan show back in 2015, Raquel said she didn’t like to have a man because she was too set in her ways. 

According to her, she loved what she did and enjoyed being herself, and made a very good living at it, and she was happy that she didn’t have to have a man who was not going to support her. 

She then went on to explain that they loved the whole attraction and the sort of dance that they all do in the beginning, but when they went someplace together, they didn’t digest Raquel being in the limelight. 

When Piers asked if she regrets the marriages, she said, “No, she doesn’t,” explaining she had the real feeling for all those men. 

At the time, she thought she was legitimately in love and that they could make a great life together, but it wasn’t in the cards. 

Upon remarrying, she said she thought she was not good at it but did enjoy some of the platonic dates she went on over the years. 

She also said that she was just content and felt like she had had a very lovely life and that what was around the corners was not bothering her that much.

Raquel on her life as a sex symbol

Raquel made her film debut in the mid-1960s. 

She rose to prominence with her 1966’s film One Million B.C., where her appearance in the sexy fur-lined bikini gave her the sex symbol tag. 

She went on to grab more attention and success, which included winning Golden Globe Award in the 1973 film “The Three Musketeers.”

She was named one of the 25 sexiest women of all time by GQ

While appearing on ABC News to talk about her book “Beyond the Cleavage,” the book in which she has reflected on her life and career, she explained her words in the book where she had said that everything in her life and everything about real her was swept away after she did One Million B.C. 

According to her, when she did One Million B.C. and when the poster came out, she was the mother of two toddlers. 

She was at the time up in the volcano in the Canary Islands shooting caveman epic, and down at the bottom of the hotel were her two kids with their nanny. 

It was so schizophrenic because she knew she wasn’t the lady in the doeskin bikini, but at the same time, everybody thought she was her, she recalled.

She was already a mother of two and didn’t know that was the direction. 

She thought that the movie was going to disappear, but it became an epic, and she soon became widely recognized.

How did Raquel Welch get into acting?

Raquel was just two years old when her family moved to San Diego, California, from Chicago, Illinois

According to Welch, while growing up, she had a sort of feelings that she didn’t belong in any particular sense to one world or the other and couldn’t figure out who she actually was, but as a child liked the idea of escape and living in her imagination. 

After watching a couple of early movies with her dad, it seemed to her that being in the world of pretend was better than being in the real world and the easiest way to get into the world of pretend. 

Welch started studying ballet at the age of seven and dreamt of becoming a dancer, but after her teacher told her that she was never going to be a great ballerina, she thought she would be an actress and would sing too. 

She described herself to be lucky as she didn’t have to struggle for auditions. She said that she never really did auditions for her roles in the beginning. 

She was already a mother of two when she entered the industry. 

The very first real job she got was as a billboard girl at the Hollywood Palace, and all she had to do was to walk on the stage. 

It was during that time she got discovered and noticed and eventually pushed by her agents. She got the roles based on the way she looked very early on. 

She was a little bothered by the fact that it was more about her figure and look that people were interested in her instead of her honest approach to acting because she had studied theater arts and had a scholarship to study theater arts at San Diego State College, but that was the way doors were opening for her and decided not to look a gift horse in the mouth.

The very first role she got was in the 1996 film Fantastic Voyage

As per Welch, she had done a little beach movie called A Swingin Summer in 1965, and the photos of her in a bikini circulated, reaching the producer of Bond movies, Albert Romolo Broccoli, nicknamed “Cubby.” 

He thought she would be the perfect bond girl. 

He was making a Bond movie with Fox, but the movie was not starting right away, so they took her to Fantastic Voyage

However, she didn’t do the Bond movies. She was then cast in One Million Years B.C., and the rest is history. 

Raquel Welch sadly passed away after suffering from cardiac arrest

The legendary actress sadly passed away on the 15th of February, 2023, at the age of 82. She took her last breath at her home in Los Angeles

According to the death certificate obtained by TMZ, she died of cardiac arrest and also had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. 

Welch’s manager had previously confirmed to People that she died peacefully following a brief illness.

Net Worth

His net worth is currently under review. We have the net worth of his late ex-wife Raquel because of whom he was famous. 

Her net worth at the time of her death was $40 million, which she earned from her career that spanned nearly five decades.


  1. His age is under review.

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