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Twin Peaks Actor Lenny Von Dohlen Dies at 63

The actor played the agoraphobic Harold Smith in the sci-fi drama.
  • Lenny Von Dohlen in Twin Peaks (Photo: Paramount+)
    Lenny Von Dohlen in Twin Peaks (Photo: Paramount+)

    Lenny Von Dohlen, best known for playing Harold Smith on Twin Peaks, died Tuesday at the age of 63.

    His sister Catherine Von Dohlen announced his death on Facebook Thursday morning. She did not give a cause of death.

    "The world lost a magnificent man on July 5," she wrote. "Brother Len was passionate about everything and everyone. He was always leading; whether it be riveting conversation, an artistic creation or a trip to new places. He loved a good laugh. He continues on his spiritual journey. Living life full in his memory."

    Von Dohlen played Harold Smith, a man with agoraphobia and the keeper of Laura Palmer's (Sheryl Lee) secret diary, in Twin Peaks. He joined the cast in Season 2, appearing in four episodes, and reprised the role in 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

    Beyond Twin Peaks, Von Dohlen appeared in Home Alone 3, Miami Vice, The Equalizer, Walker Texas Ranger, Psych, and most recently, Seth MacFarlane's The Orville.

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    TOPICS: Lenny Von Dohlen, Twin Peaks