Clark Middleton, 63, is an actor, writer, director and producer known for his roles in “Twin Peaks, “The Blacklist,” “Kill Bill Vol. 2” and “Snowpiercer,” kicked the bucket on Sunday at age 63.
Middleton died as a result of West Nile Virus, his wife Elissa confirmed.
In a message posted from his Twitter account, Middleton’s wife Elissa wrote: “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.’ And he meant it! He is in the light, happy and free, and sends love.”
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
“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,” Elissa wrote. “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.”
Middleton appeared in recurring roles on “Law & Order,” “Twin Peaks” and, “The Blacklist”. On the revival of David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks,” he played Charlie, the sleepy husband of Audrey (Sherilyn Fenn). He told Indiewire in 2017 he didn’t even have to audition for the role. “I thought I would enjoy being in that world. It was the sort of world I thought I could fit in as an actor.
He worked alongside prominent directors like Quentin Tarantino, Ang Lee, Bong Joon Ho, Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez in films like “Kill Bill Vol. 2,” “Taking Woodstock,” “Snowpiercer” and “Sin City” respectively. Middleton also played a role in the Academy Award-winning film “Birdman.”
Growing up, Middleton had lived with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis since the age of four. He once told an interviewer how the disease had distorted his hands, snapped his hip and left him unable to move his neck. “But I never thought of myself as a victim, I always felt like a hero because I survived each bad time.”
He was forced to miss several years of school, and to make up for lost experiences, he left his Tucson home to sign up for acting classes in California. And relocating to New York in the early 1980s he worked in theatre, writing and starring in the one-man play Miracle Mile.