RIP Walter Olkewicz, Jacques Renault of Twin Peaks

Walter Olkewicz in Twin Peaks

Walter Olkewicz in Twin Peaks
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Walter Olkewicz died. Prominent character actor probably best known for his roles in the David Lynch film Twin Peaks—First as the sinister bartender / ticket dealer Jacques Renault in the original series, and then as the second vice-invested Renault, Jean-Michael, in Return“Olkewicz was furniture.” 80s and TV from the 90s. Per Diversity, his death is confirmed today from his son Zachary. He was 72 years old.

Born in New Jersey, Olkewicz—according to a biography he wrote himself a few years ago“He started in the entertainment industry in comedy and writing, joking about jokes.” New dating game,, before he got the role in Steven Spielberg 1941. From there, his close-up, recognizable face and ability to comedy opened a wide series of doors, achieving roles in Taxi,, Cheers,, A love ship,, Newhart, and many other supports 80s comedy. More regular gigs during the period, including a major role in short-lived life The last refuge,, and CBS’s attempt to import imagination and sandals into fantasy television, Wizards and warriors.

Olkewicz worked steadily during the 1980s and 90s, they appear in everything from Family ties to A-team to the diverse Dolly Parton series Dolly, where he had a regular role. (Similarly, he starred four seasons in the Brett Butler film Grace Under Fire, his longest repeat gig.) 1990. Olkewicz scored part of Jacques Renault on Lynch and Mark Frost Twin Peaks, investing what could have been a discarded part with an ominous vibration that connected well with the debauched world One-eyed Jack. Lynch enjoyed working with the actor enough to take him back to 2017 Twin Peaks: Return, playing a character who is assumed to be Jacques ’cousin (still acting on the wrong side of the law).

It would be one of the last roles in an acting career, a brief return to the screen after recurring health problems, from 2000 onwards he put him as an actor. That was true then a long series of knee infections forced Olkewicz undergo numerous surgeries; news of several years in this period details of how his son Zachary was forced to leave high school to care for his ailing father. (And how he managed to achieve a perfect result at GED, even so.) Although he could not walk or stand for long, Olkewicz continued to work in the theater, founding his own company., A jewel box, which he founded 1998 and continues to serve as the artistic director of the group several years. In later years, however, they seemed to have both health and finances refused considerably; launched a series of crowdfunding efforts to help pay for foot treatments in the mid-2010s, but apparently unsuccessfully. Return was his ultimate merit.

Olkewicz is survived by a son and two grandchildren.