Twins Peaks and The Blacklist actor Clark Middleton, 63, dies

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  • Actor Clark Middleton has died at the age of 63.
  • His wife confirmed he died of West Nile Virus.
  • The star was best known for his roles in Twin Peaks and The Blacklist.


Clark Middleton has died at the age of 63.

According to Variety, the 63-year-old who had acting, directing and producing credits, died on Sunday, his wife, Elissa said, of West Nile Virus – a single-stranded RNA virus most commonly spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. It is the leading cause of mosquito-borne disease in the continental United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend," Elissa said. "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."

Clark was born in 1957 and was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when he was four years old. It wasn’t until 1983 that he began a career in entertainment, reports Deadline.

He went on to star in many films, including Bail Jumper, The Contenders, Serendipity, Sin City, as well as Kill Bill: Vol. 2., Birdman and Bong Joon-Ho’s Snowpiercer.

He also featured in television series including Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit., but was known for his roles in Twin Peaks in which he played Charlie, the husband to Sherilyn Fenn’s Audrey Horne, and The Blacklist as Glen Carter, an employee at a Washington D.C. DMV.  

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