Lenny Von Dohlen, who played Harold Smith on the hit series ‘Twin Peaks’, died on Tuesday, his agent confirmed to Variety. He was 63 years old.
His sister Catherine Von Dohlen first announced his death Thursday morning on Facebook. No cause of death was given. “The world lost a beautiful man on July 5. Brother Len was passionate about everything and everyone,” she wrote.
“He was always leading, whether it was engaging conversation, creating art, or traveling to new places. He loved a good laugh. He continues his spiritual journey. Living life fully in his memory “, she wrote.
On David Lynch’s “Twin Peaks” and the prequel film “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me,” Von Dohlen played agoraphobic Harold Smith, who refused to leave his home.
Sheryl Lee’s character Laura Palmer gave Harold her secret diary, and after her murder, her friend Donna Hayward befriended Harold while investigating Laura’s death. However, Harold’s story ended when Donna tried to steal the diary and he later hanged himself, losing his faith in human decency.
Outside of the “Twin Peaks” universe, Von Dohlen has also played Burton Jernigan, one of the villains of “Home Alone 3,” and most recently appeared in an episode of Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville” series.
His first television role came in NBC’s Emmy-winning show “Kent State” in 1981, and his film debut was in the Oscar-winning film “Tender Mercies” in 1983. He then landed the lead role. in the 1984 sci-fi romantic comedy film “Electric Dreams.”
His other credits include “Tollbooth” (1994), “Bird of Prey” (1996), “One Good Turn” (1996), “Entertaining Angels” (1996), “Cadillac” (1997) and episodes of “Miami Vice , “”The Equalizer”, “Walker Texas Ranger”, “Red Dwarf”, “The Pretender”, and “Psych”.