Lenny Von Dohlen, who starred in Electric Dreams and appeared on Twin Peaks, has died aged 63


Lenny Von Dohlen, the actor who played the agoraphobic recluse Harold Smith on Twin Peaks, has died aged 63.

Von Dohlen’s death was first announced Thursday by his sister Catherine Von Dohlen in a Facebook post, and his agent subsequently confirmed his death to Variety.

“The world lost a great man on July 5th. Brother Len had a passion for everything and everyone. He always led; be it a compelling conversation, an artistic creation or a journey to new places. He loved a good laugh. He continues his spiritual journey. Living life full in his memory,” wrote Catherine.

Film and TV Actor: Lenny Von Dohlen, the actor who played the agoraphobic recluse Harold Smith on Twin Peaks, has died aged 63; seen in 2014 in LA

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

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

The character gave him her secret diary for safekeeping, but when her friends tried to steal it to aid the investigation, his arc ended on a dark note.

Harold hanged himself and left a note in French that read, “I have a lonely soul.”

Standout portrayal: Von Dohlen appeared as Harold Smith in Twin Peaks (pictured) and the spin-off film Fire Walk With Me.  He kept the diary of the murdered Laura Palmer.  He hanged himself after her friends stole it to help the investigation

Standout portrayal: Von Dohlen appeared as Harold Smith in Twin Peaks (pictured) and the spin-off film Fire Walk With Me. He kept the diary of the murdered Laura Palmer. He hanged himself after her friends stole it to help the investigation

Comedic role: Von Dohlen's most prominent film role was probably his 1984 science fiction rom-com Electric Dreams (pictured)

Comedic role: Von Dohlen’s most prominent film role was probably his 1984 science fiction rom-com Electric Dreams (pictured)

Von Dohlen’s most prominent film role was probably his 1984 sci-fi rom-com Electric Dreams, in which he played an architect who becomes entangled in a love triangle while his computer—which has become conscious after a malfunction—rives with him for the affection of a female cellist who lives next door.

The actor is perhaps best known to younger viewers for playing one of the unlucky villains in the 1997 sequel Home Alone 3, which didn’t feature original star Macaulay Culkin.

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

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

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

Children's movie: The actor is perhaps best known to younger viewers for playing one of the hapless villains in the 1997 sequel Home Alone 3, which didn't feature original star Macaulay Culkin

Children’s movie: The actor is perhaps best known to younger viewers for playing one of the hapless villains in the 1997 sequel Home Alone 3, which didn’t feature original star Macaulay Culkin

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

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

In 2010, Von Dohlen made a special guest appearance on USA’s Psych for the episode Dual Spires, a tribute to Twin Peaks.

He played Sheriff Andrew Jackson — the original series features a Sheriff Harry S. Truman — while several other Twin Peaks actors made guest appearances, including Sheryl Lee, who played the murdered Laura Palmer, as well as her nearly identical cousin.

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

Throwback: In 2010, Von Dohlen made a special guest appearance on USA's Psych for the episode Dual Spires, a tribute to Twin Peaks

Throwback: In 2010, Von Dohlen made a special guest appearance on USA’s Psych for the episode Dual Spires, a tribute to Twin Peaks

Tribute: He played Sheriff Andrew Jackson while several other Twin Peaks actors made guest appearances, including Sheryl Lee;  (L–R) Twin Peaks actors Robyn Lively, Dana Ashbrook and Von Dohlen

Tribute: He played Sheriff Andrew Jackson while several other Twin Peaks actors made guest appearances, including Sheryl Lee; (L–R) Twin Peaks actors Robyn Lively, Dana Ashbrook and Von Dohlen

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