Twin Peaks actor dies at age 63 from West Nile virus

The accomplished actor was known for his many notable TV and film roles.

Clark Middleton was an actor, writer, producer and director, who was best known for his parts in Law & Order, Twin Peaks, The Blacklist, as well as Kill Bill: Vol. 2.

He passed away at age 63 in his Los Angeles home. His agent confirmed that West Nile Virus caused his passing, a virus mainly contracted through mosquito bites. The illness is incurable and has no vaccine.

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Clark's wife, Elissa, wrote a touching dedication: “With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life immanently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend.

"Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure. Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities."



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The actor was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis in early childhood, but that did not hold him back from pursuing his dreams. 

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Clark was a frequently featured face on 90's television, playing a number of supporting roles on shows such as Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Most notably, he featured in the third season of David Lynch's Twin Peaks

In recent years, he returned to the show for Lynch's 2017 reprisal, starring as Charlie, husband to Sherilyn Fenn’s Audrey Horne. Clark also played the role Glen Carter, an employee at a Washington D.C. DMV, on The Blacklist from 2014 to 2020.



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Writer of The Blacklist, Jon Bokenkamp, expressed his condolences; "I’m heartbroken. Besides being a truly unique and gifted actor, Clark was simply an incredible guy in every way. He was a whip-smart film nut. He loved his work with a passion. And he was insanely generous of spirit," he wrote.

Clark's impressive acting credits also include multiple hit feature films, such as The Contenders, Sin City, Birdman, Bong Joon-Ho's Snowpiercer and Tarantino's Kill Bill Vol. 2.

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