The actor, writer, producer and director Clark Middleton has died. Middleton, known for various roles in Twin Peaks, Law & Order, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, and The Blacklist, was 63.
Middleton’s agent Steve Stone confirmed the actor died of West Nile virus at his Los Angeles home on Sunday. The virus can be found in mosquitoes and has no cure or vaccination.
“With a heavy heart, we announce the death of a life worth celebrating: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend. Clark moved on October 4 due to the West Nile Virus, for which is known no cure. Clark was a beautiful soul who has broken down boundaries and stood up for people with disabilities for a lifetime, “Middleton’s wife Elissa wrote in a statement.
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Middleton was born in 1957 and was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis when he was only four years old. The actor began his entertainment career in 1983 as part of the community in the American Playhouse episode “Miss Lonelyhearts”.
Through the ’90s and early in the morning, Middleton played a number of supporting roles on various television titles, including Law & Order, Jonny Zero, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Additional TV credits include Gotham, The Path, and especially the third season’s Twin Peaks. In the 2017 sequel to David Lynch’s mysterious crime series, Middleton played Charlie, husband of Sherilyn Fenns Audrey Horne.
From 2014 to 2020, Middleton blacklisted as Glen Carter, an employee of a DMV in Washington DC.
Middleton has also appeared in a number of feature films, including Bail Jumper, The Contenders, Serendipity and Sin City. He also starred as Ernie in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Vol. 2. His additional films include Gutterbee, Trivia Night, Birdman, and Bong Joon-Ho’s 2013 film Snowpiercer.
Blacklisted writer Jon Bokenkamp recalled Middleton: “I’m heartbroken. Not only was Clark a really unique and talented actor, he was an amazing guy in every way. He was a whip-wise movie nut. He loved what he did with passion. And he was insanely generous in spirit. I’ve been fortunate to work with Clark for the past few years and that relationship has turned into a wonderful friendship that I will always cherish. I know his entire family at The Blacklist is devastated by this news. Clark was one of the good guys and we lost him way too soon. “
Beyond the Screen, Middleton wrote, produced and directed the short films idea Fix and My Milonga.
Middleton, who lived with rheumatoid arthritis for more than 50 years, is survived by his wife, brother, and mother.
Commemorative donations can be made to the Arthritis Foundation arthritis.org/clarkmiddleton