Walter Olkewicz dead – Twin Peaks and Seinfeld actor dies suddenly aged 72 as family pay tributeApril 8, 2021
TWIN Peaks star Walter Olkewicz has died aged 72, following a 20-year battle with his health.
The veteran TV actor, who played bartender and croupier Jacques Renault on the cult tv show, died early on Tuesday morning from complications due to his ongoing health issues.
He had been bedridden after a series of knee operations that had caused infections.
Complications arose soon after an initial surgery in 1999, and a total of 19 surgeries followed, which left Olkewicz confined to a wheelchair for the remainder of his life.
His son Zak Olkewicz – a screenwriter – confirmed the sad news about his father today, NME reported.
In a statement issued on behalf of the family, he said: “He was a good man who pushed his love for creativity and the arts into everything he did”.
“He handed that passion down to me, and I look forward to passing it on to the grandchildren he loved so much.”
His father had struggled against the odds to take part in the 2017 reboot of Twin Peaks, he said.
"It was his first role in almost 15 years, and he did it all from behind a bar to cover the fact that he couldn't stand.”
In a separate Facebook post, Zak said
My dad Walter Olkewicz passed away early Tuesday morning from complications due to his ongoing health issues. It was sudden but I don’t believe he woke up or was in any pain or fear. I’ll post something longer later, it’s a lot to process and get through. Anyone who has reached out that I’ve failed to respond to I’m sorry, and anyone who I was not able to reach in person before news broke I’m sorry as well. He was a lot of great things, but mostly he was a good good person in his heart, and I know from the outreach of kind words from everyone he will be missed by the world as much as by his family.
This was his last ever on-screen appearance.
Aside from this, the actor had taken a break over this time, to focus on getting better.
Olkewicz’s other roles included appearances as oil refinery worker Dougie Boudreau on Grace Under Fire, and ‘Nick the cable guy’ on Seinfeld.
He also appeared as mafia lawyer Jerome "Romey" Clifford in 1994's The Client.
Actor Treat Williams, who appeared alongside the veteran actor in Steven Spielberg’s war comedy 1941, paid tribute to Olkewicz on Twitter.
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