‘Twin Peaks’ actor Walter Olkewicz useless at 72
Walter Olkewicz, an actor who starred within the unique “Twin Peaks” sequence within the ’90s, has died. He was 72.
Olkewicz’s son, screenwriter Zac Olkewicz, confirmed he died on Tuesday at his house in Los Angeles, Calif. to The Hollywood Reporter.
Olkewicz suffered well being points for the final twenty years. He underwent a number of knee surgical procedures that led to infections, his son advised the outlet. These well being setbacks are what led to him stepping away from appearing.
He portrayed Jacques Renault, a croupier and bartender in addition to the brother of Michael Parks’ Jean and Clay Wilvox’s Bernie on the TV sequence in 1990. In 1992, his character apepared on “Twin Peaks: Hearth Stroll with Me” and once more in 2014’s “Twin Peaks: The Lacking Items.”
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Olkewicz’s last appearing credit score got here in 2017 for Showtime’s reboot of the sequence.
“It was his first position in nearly 15 years, and he did all of it from behind a bar to cowl the truth that he couldn’t stand,” his son advised THR.
Olkewicz was born in Bayonne, N.J. His onscreen debut got here in 1976 in “Futureworld.” He starred within the films “Making the Grade,” “The Huge Image,” Stuart Saves His Household,” and “Par 6.”
He held different memorable roles equivalent to portraying an oil refinery employee Dougie Boudreau on “Grace Below Hearth” throughout its first 4 seasons. Olkewicz was additionally solid in Steven Spielberg’s “1941” and performed the position of Jerome “Romey” Clifford in director Joel Schumacher’s “The Consumer.”
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Olkewicz additionally made appearances alongside different well-known artists on tv. He starred in NBC’s “Companions in Crime” in 1984 reverse Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson and performed a personality on Dolly Parton’s ABC selection present within the late ’90s. He additionally had a task in CBS’ “Wizards and Warriors” in 1983 alongside Jeff Conaway.
The actor was often known as Tiny McGee on “Who’s the Boss?” and starred in “Evening Courtroom” as Walter Plimp. He may be remembered by “Seinfeld” followers because the character Nick the cable man, who appeared in a 1996 episode titled “The Cadillac.”
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His different tv appearances embrace spots on “Taxi,” “The Rockford Information,” “Married…With Kids,” “Moonlighting,” “Homicide, She Wrote,” and “The Blue and the Grey,” amongst others.
The outlet notes he leaves behind his son, daughter-in-law, Katrina Rennells, and grandchildren.