Walter Olkewicz, best-known for playing Jacques Renault in David Lynch’s surreal TV series Twin Peaks, has died aged 72.
The star was also known for his iconic character acting in Seinfeld and starring alongside Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon in 1994’s Joel Schumacher hit The Client, as well as a continual string of other roles stretching back to 1976.
The star passed away in California on Tuesday (April 6th) following an ongoing battle with infections.
His son, Zak Olkewicz, confirmed the news via Facebook, writing: “He was a good man who pushed his love for creativity and the arts into everything he did. He handed that passion down to me, and I look forward to passing it on to the grandchildren he loved so much.”
In a follow-up post, Zak wrote that his father’s death “was sudden but I don’t believe he woke up or was in any pain or fear”.
“He was a lot of great things, but mostly he was a good good person in his heart, and I know from the outreach of kind words from everyone he will be missed by the world as much as by his family.”
The actor’s health issues arose after knee surgery in 1999 which led to several intermittent infections throughout the actors. In recent years Crowdfunding pages were set up to help with Olkewicz’s medical bills after complications with the infections confined him to a wheelchair.
You can check out a clip of his most iconic scenes in Twin Peaks, below.