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Entertainment Walter Olkewicz, Twin Peaks actor and Seinfeld cable guy, dies at 72

06:50  08 april  2021
06:50  08 april  2021 Source:   ew.com

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Walter Olkewicz , the familiar character actor who played the bartender and croupier Jacques Renault on the original Twin Peaks and an oil refinery worker on Grace Under Fire, has died . He was 72 . Olkewicz died early Tuesday morning at his Reseda home in Los Angeles, his son, screenwriter Zak Olkewicz Seinfeld fans know him as Nick the cable guy on the 1996 episode "The Cadillac," and his heavy-set physique led to roles as Tiny McGee on ABC's Who's the Boss? and Walter Plimp on NBC's Night Court. Olkewicz was memorable as the crooked Canadian Jacques, brother of Michael Parks'

Walter Olkewicz , who played the bartender Jacques Renault on “ Twin Peaks ,” died Tuesday in Reseda. He was 72 . His son, screenwriter Zak Olkewicz , confirmed his death. He had been struggling with health issues for the past 20 years. The character actor also played oil refinery worker Dougie He returned for “ Twin Peaks : Fire Walk With Me,” “ Twin Peaks : The Missing Pieces” and again for the Showtime reboot, although by then he was no longer able to stand. His other appearances included a role as Nick the cable guy on the “ Seinfeld ” episode “The Cadillac” and a character named Bubba on

Walter Olkewicz, the veteran character actor known for his work on TV series including Twin Peaks, Grace Under Fire, and Seinfeld, has died at 72.

Walter Olkewicz looking at the camera: Walter Olkewicz in 'Wizards and Warriors' © Warner Bros. Television / courtesy Everett Collection Walter Olkewicz in 'Wizards and Warriors'

His son Zak Olkewicz, a screenwriter, confirmed to EW that his father passed away Tuesday morning. "He was a good man who pushed his love for creativity and the arts into everything he did," he said in a statement. "He handed that passion down to me, and I look forward to passing it on to the grandchildren he loved so much."

Olkewicz was perhaps most beloved by audiences for his work in the Twin Peaks universe. He played bartender and croupier Jacques Renault on the original series, which ran from 1990 to 1991, and reprised the role in the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Olkewicz made his final screen appearance in the role in 2017, as part of the Showtime revival. It marked his first role in nearly 15 years.

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Walter Olkewicz , a versatile character actor with a range from Seinfeld to Twin Peaks and beyond, died Tuesday in Reseda, CA after a long battle with infections. He was 72 and his death was confirmed by his son, screenwriter Zak Olkewicz . Olkewicz ’s long career started in the 1970s and ran through 2017, when ill health from knee surgery finally forced him out of acting. Zak Olkewicz issued a statement on behalf of the family. “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

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He was also familiar to TV viewers for his portrayal of oil refinery worker Dougie Boudreau on the ABC sitcom Grace Under Fire. He recurred in the role for the show's first four seasons. And Seinfeld obsessives will recognize Olkewicz as Nick the cable guy, from the 1996 episode "The Cadillac."

Walter Olkewicz holding a guitar posing for the camera: Warner Bros. Television / courtesy Everett Collection Walter Olkewicz in 'Wizards and Warriors' © Provided by Entertainment Weekly Warner Bros. Television / courtesy Everett Collection Walter Olkewicz in 'Wizards and Warriors'

Olkewicz was born May 14, 1948, in Bayonne, N.J. He made his screen debut in 1976's Futureworld and landed a more featured role in Steven Spielberg's 1979 war comedy 1941.

From then on, he worked steadily in film and television through the late '90s, when health complications prevented him from appearing on screen. Other notable film credits included Making the Grade, The Big Picture, Stuart Saves His Family, Par 6, and The Client.

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Walter Olkewicz , Actor : Twin Peaks : Fire Walk with Me. Walter Olkewicz was born on May 14, 1948 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA. He is an actor , known for Twin Peaks - tuli kulje kanssani (1992), Päämies (1994) and 1941 (1979).

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But Olkewicz was most prolific in television. He had recurring roles on many short-lived series, including The Last Resort, Wizards and Warriors, Partners in Crime, and Dolly Parton's 1987-88 ABC variety show, Dolly.

He also made memorable guest appearances on shows such as Who's The Boss?, Night Court, Cheers, Taxi, Barney Miller, Married… With Children, Moonlighting, L.A. Law, The Rockford Files, Newhart, ER, Family Ties, Dharma & Greg, and Murder, She Wrote.

Oklewicz is survived by his son, daughter-in-law, and two grandchildren.

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