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Twin Peaks, Role As Philip Gerard, Al Strobel, Passed Away

Al Strobel, well remembered for his role as Philip Gerard in the cult classic 1990s television series Twin Peaks, has passed away at the age of 83.

Sabrina Sutherland, a producer and longtime colleague of David Lynch, confirmed Strobel’s death on Facebook on Saturday, with the Twin Peaks: The Return executive producer posting, “I regret to inform you that Al Strobel died last night. I cherished him deeply.”

The actor, who lost his left arm in a car accident when he was 17, portrayed Gerard, a guy who severed his own limb to prevent a malevolent force from possessing him, in every installment of Twin Peaks.

When he was not playing in the Mark Frost-David Lynch series, Strobel acted in a number of films, including Megaville with Billy Zane in 1990 and Ricochet River with Kate Hudson. Strobel had entered retirement by the early 2000s but temporarily returned to acting for Showtime’s The Return, reprising his role as Gerard.

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Crew and Fans of Twin Peaks React to Al Strobel’s Death

As soon as Sutherland posted the tragic news on Facebook, images of the message began to spread online, and tributes came in for the actor from the Twin Peaks cast and crew, as well as fans.

Mark Frost, co-creator of the series, tweeted, “Oh no…Close Al,” paying respect to his dear buddy. “Those of you who were fortunate enough to have met him over the years can attest to what a kind and admirable gentleman he was. RIP, friend.”


Dana Ashbrook, who portrayed bad boy-turned-cop Bobby Briggs, also took to Twitter to express his condolences for Strobel “Sad news indeed…love Al. He was the gentlemanliness of guys.”

As they pondered Strobel’s monumental contribution to the series, fans of Twin Peaks were equally heartbroken.

“Amazing performer who immensely added to the mystery of Twin Peaks,” Reddit user Slashycent posted on the official subreddit for the program.

“His reading of the Fire Walk With Me poem alone, as well as his narrative of purifying himself from the evil of The Arm, conveyed such great grief that you were certain he was indeed an extraterrestrial spirit inside a poor, ignorant old shoe salesman. Such a flawless portrayal as one of the most intriguing characters in the series.”

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