The town of Twin Peaks is in mourning.
Al Strobel, best known for his role as the enigmatic Phillip Gerard aka: the one-armed man in the drama series ‘Twin Peaks’ has died at the age of 83.
Strobel’s death was announced on Facebook by producer and longtime David Lynch collaborator Sabrina Sutherland, who wrote: “Sad to have to post that Al Strobel passed away last night. I loved him dearly.
The groundbreaking and hugely influential series originally premiered in 1990 and ran for two seasons spanning 30 episodes. The show returned in 2017 to great acclaim.
Strobel was a real-life amputee, having lost his left arm in a car accident when he was 17. He was a mainstay in all of the “Twin Peaks” eras. The character of him having his arm cut off to prevent an evil entity—Bob—from possessing him, and is responsible for delivering the show’s haunting signature poem:
“Through the darkOf future pastThe magician wishes to seeOne chanceBetween two worldsThe fire walks with me”
In addition to Twin Peaks, Strobel has also appeared in films megaville, Ricochet Riverand the TV movie Daughter of Darkness, Daughter of Light.
Mark Frost, co-creator of the series along with David Lynch, was one of the first to pay tribute to Strobel: “Oh no… Dear Al… as those of you lucky enough to have met him over the years, what a warm and wonderful gentleman he was RIP man.
Dana Ashbrook, who portrayed series regular Bobby Briggs, said: “Sad, sad news… I love Al. He was the sweetest of men.
No cause of death was given, nor were any other details offered.