Walter Olkewicz, Actor in ‘Twin Peaks,’ Dies at 72

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 Boudreau on the first four seasons of “Grace Under Fire” and a mafia lawyer in Joel Schumacher’s “The Client.”

On David Lynch’s groundbreaking “Twin Peaks” series, he played the French-Canadian card dealer and bartender Jacques on the first season of the ABC series. 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 Dolly Parton’s ABC variety show.

Olkewicz starred opposite Jeff Conaway on CBS’ “Wizards and Warriors” and appeared on NBC’s “Partners in Crime” in 1984, playing opposite Lynda Carter and Loni Anderson. He also played Tiny McGee on “Who’s the Boss” and Walter Plimp on NBC’s “Night Court.”

He made his screen debut in “Futureworld” and went on to appear in films including Steven Spielberg’s “1941,” “The Big Picture,” “Stuart Saves His Family” and “Par 6.”

He is survived by his son and two grandchildren.

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