Al Strobel dead: Twin Peaks actor dies aged 83

Al Strobel was known for his role as Phillip Gerard in Twin Peaks (Picture: Amy T. Zielinski/Getty Images

Twin Peaks star Al Strobel has died at the age of 83.

The actor was known for his role as Phillip Gerard in the iconic drama.

Producer Sabrina Sutherland shared the news, writing on Facebook (according to various outlets): ‘I am sad to have to post that Al Strobel passed away last night. I loved him dearly.’

His cause of death has not been confirmed.

Twin Peaks originally ran for two series, from 1989 to 1990, before returning for the film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in 1992.

The series also returned in 2014 for The Missing Pieces, the film of never-seen excerpts, and returned to screens in 2017.

He appeared in all eras of the show (Picture: Brooke Boyer)
Al Strobel and Michael J Anderson in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (Picture: Moviestore/REX/Shutterstock)

Strobel appeared in all of the eras of the show, as Gerard, the man who cut his own arm to stop an evil entity from possessing him.

The actor’s first on-screen credit was in 1986, in the film Shadow Play.

He went on to appear in films like Megaville in 1990 alongside Billy Zane, Child of Darkness, Child Of Light in 1991, and Ricochet River in 2001 alongside Kate Hudson.

His final credit was for the last series of Twin Peaks in 2017.

Twin Peaks creator Mark Frost paid tribute, writing: ‘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. RIP, friend.’

Dana Ashbrook, who played Bobby Briggs, said: ‘Sad, sad news…love Al. He was the sweetest of men.’

Producer Harley Peyton added: ‘As authentic an actor as I ever met. So precise so real. RIP. Al..’

Twin Peaks was created by Mark Frost and starred the likes of David Lynch, Kyle MacLachlan, Sherilynn Fenn, Mädchen Amick, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Peggy Lipton.

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