07 October 2020 16:30
Clark Middleton, Actor in 'The Blacklist' and 'Snowpiercer,' Dies at 63 He appeared on Broadway with Denzel Washington and was seen in 'Birdman,' 'Sin City' and 'Twin Peaks.' Clark Middleton, who appeared in such films as Birdman and Snowpiercer and had a recurring role on The Blacklist, died Sunday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles of West Nile virus, his wife said. Middleton also was a stage veteran who in 2018 made his Broadway debut as Hugo in the Tony-nominated revival of The Iceman Cometh, led by Denzel Washington and directed by George C. Over six seasons starting in 2014, Middleton portrayed the irascible DMV boss Glen Carter, who provides information to James Spader's Raymond "Red" Reddington, on NBC's The Blacklist. In a statement, series creator Jon Bokenkamp called him "a truly unique and gifted actor" and "simply an incredible guy in every way." "I was fortunate enough to work with Clark over the past several years, and that relationship developed into a wonderful friendship that I'll always cherish. Middleton also played Charlie on David Lynch's Twin Peaks revival at Showtime in 2017 and was the troubled auditor Richard on the recent Hulu series The Path.
"Just a few months ago, I had a drink with him after a screening of Snowpiercer, a night I won't forget," the director said in a statement. I hope he's smiling from heaven, that big smile I saw so often." Middleton's credits also included Law & Order, Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill: Vol 2 (2004), Robert Rodriguez's Sin City (2005) and Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock (2009). The actor lived with rheumatoid arthritis for more than 50 years and was a spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation. His wife, Elissa, said he was "a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities." Clark Middleton, best known for acting in"The Blacklist" and "Twin Peaks," died Sunday in Los Angeles from West Nile Virus, his publicist said. Middleton had dozens of TV, film and stage appearance credits including "Sin City," "Kill Bill: Vol. 2," "Fringe" and "The Path," according to his IMDB page.
"Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities," his wife, Elissa Middleton, said in a statement to USA TODAY. "The Blacklist" creator Jon Bokenkamp called Middleton a "truly unique and gifted actor" and "simply an incredible guy in every way." Oscar-winning "Parasite" director Bong Joon-ho mourned Middleton, with whom he worked on the 2013 sci-fi film "Snowpiercer." The two reconnected "just a few months ago" over drinks after a screening of the movie. "He was a splendid performer and a beautiful human being," Bong said in a statement to USA TODAY. "I hope he's smiling from heaven, that big smile I saw so often." Elissa Middleton also shared a link to the Arthritis Foundation's Clark Middleton Memorial Fund, which will help pay for research, resources and support for those living with arthritis. "Thank you for your love and support for My Mister," Elissa Middleton added from Clark Middleton's Twitter account Monday. "As an actor, teacher and advocate, Clark spent a lifetime defying limits and arthritis," the foundation's page read. KILL Bill fans around the world are mourning the death of Clark Middleton. 4 Kill Bill star Clark Middleton has passed away aged 63 Credit: AFP or licensors Clark began his career as an actor in 1983 in New York, where he made his theatrical debut in three plays with Broadway star Geraldine Page. He then made his Broadway debut as Hugo in the Tony-nominated revival of The Iceman Cometh alongside Denzel Washington before switching to films and TV. 4 Late actor Clark Middleton played a memorable role on The Blacklist Clark was best known for portraying Ernie in the 2004 film Kill Bill Vol. 2 and as Charlie in the third season of Twin Peaks, which aired on Showtime in 2017. The late actor also made notable appearances on NBC's The Blacklist as DMV boss Glen Carter in 2014 and as Edward Markham on Fox's Fringe from 2009-2012. On the film side, Clark played roles in 1983's Miss Lonelyhearts, 2000's The Opponent, 2001's Serendipity, 2005's Sin City, 2006's Live Free or Die, 2007's Day Zero, 2008's The Attic, 2009's Taking Woodstock and The Good Heart, 2010's As Good as Dead, 2013's Snowpiercer and 2014's Academy Award winning film Birdman. 4 Clark Middleton appeared alongside Aaron Paul on The Path Credit: Twitter How did Clark Middleton die? Clark reportedly passed away after contracting West Nile Virus. His wife Elissa Middleton announced that he had died on October 4, 2020. According to Variety, she said of his passing: "With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend." The heartbroken wife continued: "Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure. "Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities." 4 Clark leaves behind his heartbroken wife Elissa Middleton Credit: Twitter West Nile Virus (WNV) is spread by mosquitoes.