‘Twin Peaks’ actor Al Strobel dead at 83

EUGENE, Ore. — Actor Al Strobel, best known for his role as one-armed Phillip Gerard on “Twin Peaks,” died Friday. He was 83.

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Strobel died in Eugene, Oregon, Variety reported. No cause of death was given.

He provided one of “Twin Peaks’” most memorable moments, performing a haunting poem with the phrase “fire walk with me.”

Sabrina Sutherland, a production coordinator for 22 episodes of the show from 1989 to 1991, released a statement on behalf of Strobel’s family, according to Deadline.

“Through the darkness of future past and much sadness we say goodbye to Al Strobel,” Sutherland said, according to Variety. “He is an irreplaceable human being and will always be an important part of our Twin Peaks family.”

Strobel lost his left arm in a car accident when he was 17, Variety reported. He appeared in the series pilot in 1989 and appeared in 10 episodes during the first two years of “Twin Peaks,” according to IMDb.com.

His character in the show was depicted as a man who cut off his arm to stop an evil being from possessing his body, Deadline reported.

Strobel also appeared in the films “Megaville” (1990) and “Ricochet River” in 2001.

He retired from acting but returned to reprise his role as Gerard in 2017′s “Twin Peaks: The Return,” according to Deadline.

“Oh no … Dear Al … as those of you lucky enough to have met him over the years, what a warm and wonderful gentleman he was,” “Twin Peaks” co-creator Mark Frost tweeted Sunday.


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