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Film and Television Actor: Lenny von Dohlen, the actor who played the outdoorsy hermit Harold Smith in Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 63;  Seen in 2014 in Los Angeles

Lenny von Dohlen, who starred in Electric Dreams and appeared in Twin Peaks, dies at 63

Lenny von Dohlen, the actor who played the outdoorsy hermit Harold Smith on Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 63.

Von Dohlen’s death was first announced by his sister, Katherine von Dohlen in a Facebook post on Thursday, and his agent later confirmed his death to diverse.

The world lost a wonderful man on July 5th. Brother Lin was passionate about everything and everyone. He was always driving. Whether it’s exciting dialogue, artistic creation, or a trip to new places. He liked to laugh well. He continues his spiritual journey. Catherine wrote to live a life full in his memory.

Film and Television Actor: Lenny von Dohlen, the actor who played the outdoorsy hermit Harold Smith in Twin Peaks, has died at the age of 63; Seen in 2014 in Los Angeles

Von Dohlen appeared in four episodes of Twin Peaks, as well as in David Lynch’s spin-off Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, which served as a prequel and sequel of sorts to the series, which was revived in 2017 for the acclaimed third season.

His character Harold was an acquaintance of Laura Palmer, whose mysterious murder moved the series.

The character gives him her secret diary for safekeeping, but when her friends try to steal it to help with the investigation, his arc ends on a dark note.

Harold hanged himself, leaving a message in French that said “I have a lonely soul”.

Comedic role: Von Dohlen's most notable film role is probably in the 1984 sci-fi rom-com Electric Dreams (pictured)

Comedic role: Von Dohlen’s most notable film role is probably in the 1984 sci-fi rom-com Electric Dreams (pictured)

Possibly Von Dohlen’s most notable movie roles are in the 1984 sci-fi rom-com Electric Dreams, in which he played an architect who becomes embroiled in a love triangle as his computer—who has become conscious after a malfunction—competes with him because of his emotions . A cellist lives next door.

The actor may be known to younger viewers because he played one of the hapless villains in the 1997 sequel, Home Alone 3, in which original star Macaulay Culkin did not appear.

according to IMDbVon Dohlen’s most recent roles before his death were in the short film Creator (2022) and feature For The Weekend (2020).

The actor was born in Augusta, Georgia, on December 22, 1958, and later grew up in a small town in South Texas.

He later graduated from Loreto Heights College in Denver, Colorado, and studied theater at the University of Texas.

Children's Movie: The actor may be known to younger viewers because he played one of the hapless villains in the 1997 sequel Home Alone 3, which did not feature original star Macaulay Culkin.

Children’s Movie: The actor may be known to younger viewers because he played one of the hapless villains in the 1997 sequel Home Alone 3, which did not feature original star Macaulay Culkin.

After completing his studies, Von Dohlen moved to New York City to pursue theater roles.

He landed his first television role in 1981 on the series Kent State, and two years later he made his debut in Tender Mercies, which won Academy Awards for Best Original Screenplay and Best Actor for its star Robert Duvall.

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In 2010, Von Dohlen appeared as a special guest on Psych USA in the episode Dual Spiers, which was a tribute to Twin Peaks.

He played Sheriff Andrew Jackson – the original series featured Sheriff Harry S Truman – while several other actors appeared in Twin Peaks, including Sheryl Lee, who played the murdered Laura Palmer, as well as her nearly identical cousin.

Von Dohlen’s other TV appearances have included spells in Miami Vice, Tales From The Darkside, The Equalizer, Thirtysomething, The Flash, Red Dwarf, Picket Fences, Walker, Texas Ranger, The Pretender and CSI: Miami , among many other things.

Throwback: In 2010, Von Dohlen appeared as a special guest on Psych USA in the episode Dual Spiers, which was a tribute to Twin Peaks

Throwback: In 2010, Von Dohlen appeared as a special guest on Psych USA in the episode Dual Spiers, which was a tribute to Twin Peaks

Honorable mention: He played Sheriff Andrew Jackson while several other Twin Peaks cast appeared, including Cheryl Lee;  (from left to right) Twin Peaks actors Robin Lively, Dana Ashbrook and Von Dohlen

Honorable mention: He played Sheriff Andrew Jackson while several other Twin Peaks cast appeared, including Cheryl Lee; (from left to right) Twin Peaks actors Robin Lively, Dana Ashbrook and Von Dohlen