Here it is: the definitive list of the best welders ever featured on the big and small screen. We’re pretty happy with it, but let us know if there’s any you think we’ve missed!
5. Llewelyn Moss, No Country for Old Men (2007)
“If it can be welded, I can weld it” - Llewelyn Moss
As seen in the scene below, before Llewelyn Moss was being hunted down by a murderous psychopath, he worked as a welder. It remains to be seen whether he was any good, as the blokes who talk a big game about being able to weld “anything” usually can’t back it up.
4. Macgyver, Macgyver (1985-92)
“The best way to beat a problem is to make it work for you” - Macgyver
Ever the resourceful type, Macgyver famously once made a thermite welding torch by scraping shavings from a magnesium racing bike, adding some rust from a paint can and igniting with a roadside signal flair. We do NOT recommend trying this at home under any circumstances: on the contrary, we firmly believe that real welders in the real world should use real equipment.
3. Chewbacca, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
“RRRRRRWWWGGGGGG” - Chewbacca
Yes, wookies can weld too. The proof is in The Empire Strikes Back, when Chewbacca is charged with repairing the Millennium Falcon. We must stress that we don’t endorse his refusal to wear the appropriate PPE: the fact he didn’t catch on fire is unrealistic even for science fiction.
2. Tony Stark, Iron Man (2008)
“lf this is going to be my work station, I want it well-lit. I need welding gear. I don’t care if it’s acetylene or propane. I need a soldering station. I need helmets. I’m gonna need goggles. I would like a smelting cup. I need two sets of precision tools.” - Tony Stark
When your boss gets on your nerves, remember things could be worse. Tony Stark had to put together his first Iron Man suit in captivity with terrorists watching his every move. The man is a billionaire, a superhero but above all… a decent welder.
1. Alex Owens, Flashdance (1983)
“When you give up your dream, you die” - Nick Hurley
Couldn’t leave this one out. This film proves what all welders know deep down: that if they weren’t welding, they would have what it takes to become a professional ballet dancer.