Actor, director, and producer Clark Middleton passed away on Sunday. He was 63.
“Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure,” his wife Elissa wrote in a statement. “Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities,” she continued.
Clark was diagnosed with arthritis at the age of 4 and had an estimated 14 surgeries over the years. Yet, as the Arthritis Foundation writes, “he never let his disability stop him from living a full and accomplished life.” Donations to the Clark Middleton Memorial Fund will help improve the lives of 54 million Americans living with arthritis, and the lives of those who love them.
Known for roles in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill Vol. 2 and The Blacklist, Clark of course played the peculiar Charlie in a much-debated plotline which started in Part 12 of the 3rd season of Twin Peaks. He was a huge advocate of the series, calling it “American TV at its best” and frequently stating that playing Charlie opposite Sherilyn Fenn and directed by David Lynch was a gift. You can watch here how Clark surprised Sherilyn Fenn during a Q&A at PhilaMOCA’s Eraserhood Forever in 2018.
— Clark Middleton (@SparkMiddleton) August 4, 2017
Ep 10 of Twin Peaks 1 of my fav ever! Terrifying, funny, moving! Rebekah Del Rio "No Song" sensual and pure MAGIC! American TV at its best!
— Clark Middleton (@SparkMiddleton) July 18, 2017
Twin Peaks ep 11. The new frontier of TV! Bold and stunning for this fan, what a ride! Chomping at the bit for ep 12! Tune in on Showtime!
— Clark Middleton (@SparkMiddleton) July 25, 2017
As Clark’s Twin Peaks family is responding to the news of his passing, tweets and posts will be shared below.
“Clark did such a great job. I loved working with him.” Watch David Lynch’s response to the passing of Clark Middleton in a clip from today’s Weather Report.
— sherilynfenn (@sherilynfenn1) October 6, 2020
I wish you Joyous Passage to the Great Beyond. Those of us here will grieve your loss. Bless you ? https://t.co/kfOZf0N8Lf
— Chrystabell (@Chrysta_Bell) October 6, 2020
I’m deeply sorry for your loss ??
— Stewart Strauss (@stewstrauss) October 6, 2020
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So sad to hear of Clark Middleton’s passing today. Life is precious! Tell everyone you care about that you love them as soon as you can while you can… I’ll never forget our lunch in NYC a couple of years back where Clark was so excited to tell me about a project he was cooking up … We took a photo with CB’s mirror and sent it to her. He was soo funny and it was great to get together with him… the last thing I said to him was “Fuck You Clark!” as he was leaving the restaurant and he laughed sooo hard… people looked at us like we were crazy and that was in NYC !!! It’s that we were just speaking of our lovely Chrystabell @chrysta_bell and the scene where Laura Durn says “ Fuck you Tammy” and I thought it would be cute to yell it at him … awwww that’s me after he left … just thinking about what a great time we had with Clark. Those of you who are TP fans will get it and know we all loved Clark… his heart was so big!? He will be dearly missed and my thoughts go out to his family at this very difficult time. Rest In Peace Clark Middleton Thank you for the laughter ? Rebekah 11:11 #twinpeaks #clarkmiddleton
Earlier today, Clark’s wife took to his Twitter account to post the following inspiring message:
Hi. Elissa here, Clark's wife. Thank you for your love and support for My Mister. I cannot count the number of times he said "Give the world your best and the best will come back to you," quoting his father Mel. And he meant it! He is in the light, happy and free, and sends love
— Clark Middleton (@SparkMiddleton) October 6, 2020