Walter Olkewicz dies, Twin Peaks and Seinfeld actor was 72
We have sad news to share as character actors Walter Olkewicz, perhaps best known for his roles in the original Twin Peaks and the ’90s sitcom Grace Under Fire, has passed away. According to his son, Olkewicz died early Tuesday morning at his home in Reseda, Los Angeles. He was 72 years old.
Although the exact cause was unknown, the actor has reportedly struggled with various health problems over the past 20 years. He also had a number of knee surgeries that caused infections and left Olkewicz bedridden. It was also these health problems that led Olkewicz to withdraw from action.
Walter Olkewicz was born on May 14, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey. After college, the aspiring actor appeared on classic TV shows like Taxi, Barney Miller, and Alice. He made his film debut in 1976 in the film Futureworld, the sequel to the 1973 Michael Crichton film Westworld. Other roles followed quickly, and Olkewicz played Private Hinshaw in Steven Spielberg’s 1941 war film the following year. He later worked with Joel Schumacher on the 1994 legal thriller The Cllient worked as Mafia attorney Jerome “Romey” Clifford.
Olkewicz has also appeared in films such as Making the Grade, The Big Picture, Stuart Saves His Family and Par 6. He has also appeared on a number of popular television shows, most notably well-known comedy series such as Cheers, Newhart, Married. With kids, family ties, and Dharma & Greg. He’s also had memorable roles on programs like ER, LA Law, Murder, She Wrote, and Moonlighting. Olkewicz is also memorable for His field Fans after playing Nick the Cable Guy in an episode in 1996.
On Grace Under Fire, Olkewicz had recurring roles as Dougie Boudreau, an associate on the Grace (Brett Butler) title as an oil refinery in Missouri. He played the role for the first four seasons of the show. In the sitcom world, Olkewicz is also known for starring Tiny McGee in Who’s the Boss? To play. and Walter Plimp at Night Court.
One of the character actor’s most famous roles is the Canadian Jacques in the first season of David Lynch’s ABC series Twin peaks The character later returned for Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me in 1992 and Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces in 2014. His last actor recognition came in 2017 when he returned to the role one last time for the 2017 reboot of Twin Peaks on Showtime.
“It was his first role in nearly 15 years and he went all out behind a bar to hide the fact that he couldn’t stand,” said Olkewicz’s son.
Olkewicz’s survivors include his son, screenwriter Zak Olkewicz; a daughter-in-law, screenwriter and actress Katrina Rennell; and grandsons Sadie and Declan Robert. Our thoughts go to you and the rest of Olkewicz’s family and friends at this painful time. As an actor who had the ability to make every role in his memorial unforgettable, no matter how big or small it may have been, Walter Olkewicz certainly shaped this world. He will be missed. Rest in peace. That news comes from The Hollywood Reporter.
Topics: Twin Peaks, Obituaries, Seinfeld