KILL Bill and Twin Peaks actor Clark Middleton has died at the age of 63 as a result of “West Niles Virus.”
His wife Elissa confirmed the news and remembered the actor as a “beautiful soul.”
According to Variety, Elissa said of Clark’s passing: “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.”
The heartbroken wife continued: “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 best known for portraying Ernie in the 2004 film Kill Bill Vol. 2 and as Charlie in the third season of Twin Peaks, which aired on Showtime in 2017.
The late actor also made notable appearances on NBC’s The Blacklist as DMV boss Glen Carter in 2014 and as Edward Markham on Fox’s Fringe from 2009-2012.
Meanwhile, he also made guest appearances on the television shows Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Jonny Zero, Gotham, The Path and American Gods.
On the film side, Clark played roles in 1983’s Miss Lonelyhearts, 2000’s The Opponent, 2001’s Serendipity, 2005’s Sin City, 2006’s Live Free or Die, 2007’s Day Zero, 2008’s The Attic, 2009’s Taking Woodstock and The Good Heart, 2010’s As Good as Dead, 2013’s Snowpiercer and 2014’s Academy Award winning film Birdman.
In addition to acting, Clark wrote and directed original work for the screen and stage.
He began his career as an actor in 1983 in New York, where he made his theatrical debut in three plays with Broadway star Geraldine Page.
The actor made his Broadway debut as Hugo in the Tony-nominated revival of The Iceman Cometh alongside Denzel Washington.
He notably wrote and starred in the one-man play Miracle Mile, which made its stage debut in 1997.
In addition to his wife Elissa, Clark is survived by his brother Kirby Middleton and his mother Sue Perior.