Al Strobel – better known as the one-armed man from Twin Peaks – dies at the age of 83

The acting world mourns this weekend: Twin Peaks star Al Strobel dies at the age of 83.

Sabrina Sutherland, who produced Twin Peaks and the David Lynch film Inland Empire, confirmed Strobel’s death in a Facebook message.

Strobel is best known for playing Philip Michael Gerard – aka The One-Armed Man – in the original Twin Peaks series and its 2017 sequel series on Showtime.

Mourning: The acting world is in mourning this weekend as Twin Peaks star Al Strobel has passed away at the age of 83

Mourning: The acting world is in mourning this weekend as Twin Peaks star Al Strobel has passed away at the age of 83

One-Armed: Strobel is best known for playing Philip Michael Gerard - aka The One-Armed Man - in the original Twin Peaks series and its 2017 sequel series on Showtime

One-Armed: Strobel is best known for playing Philip Michael Gerard – aka The One-Armed Man – in the original Twin Peaks series and its 2017 sequel series on Showtime

“I am saddened to report that Al Strobel passed away last night. I loved him dearly,” Sutherland wrote in a Facebook message on Sunday.

No cause of death was revealed in the post and it’s unclear if he was battling any illnesses at the time of his death.

Strobel had not appeared in a film or television program since reprising his role as The One-Armed Man in the 2017 sequel Twin Peaks, which aired on Showtime.

No cause: No cause of death was revealed in the post and it's unclear if he was battling any illnesses at the time of his death

No cause: No cause of death was revealed in the post and it’s unclear if he was battling any illnesses at the time of his death

The actor was born in Seattle in 1939 and lost his left arm at the shoulder in a car accident when he was just 17 years old.

He began performing at the University of Oregon in the 1970s and co-founded the Church of the Creative organization.

He filmed footage of a 1972 Grateful Dead concert in Veneta, Oregon, which was eventually used in the documentary Sunshine Daydream.

Lost: The actor was born in Seattle in 1939 and lost his left arm at the shoulder when he was just 17 after a car accident

Lost: The actor was born in Seattle in 1939 and lost his left arm at the shoulder in a car accident when he was just 17

Strobel made his acting debut in the 1986 thriller Shadow Play, starring Dee Wallace and Cloris Leachman.

He was cast as Philip Michael Gerard aka Mike aka The One-Armed Man in Twin Peaks which debuted in 1989.

Mike was a traveling shoe salesman who – like the series’ villain Bob (Frank Silva) – was inhabited by a spirit that would cause him to commit despicable acts.

Mike: He was cast as Philip Michael Gerard aka Mike aka The One-Armed Man in Twin Peaks which debuted in 1989

Mike: He was cast as Philip Michael Gerard aka Mike aka The One-Armed Man in Twin Peaks which debuted in 1989

Unlike Bob, however, Mike had a spiritual awakening and attempted to repent for his misdeeds by cutting off his own arm, which sported a tattoo that read ‘Fire Walk With Me’ – suggesting he was from ‘The Devilish One” was touched.

He spent several years tracking down Bob on the show, who was often seen in weird dream sequences with Kyle MacLachlan’s agent Cooper.

Strobel appeared in both seasons of the original series, along with the 1992 film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and the 2014 film Twin Peaks: Missing Pieces before his final role in the 2017 Showtime series.

Cooper and Mike: He spent several years tracking down Bob on the show, often starring in weird dream sequences with Kyle MacLachlan's agent Cooper

Cooper and Mike: He spent several years tracking down Bob on the show, often starring in weird dream sequences with Kyle MacLachlan’s agent Cooper

He also appeared in films such as Sitting Target (1990) and Megaville, Ricochet River, and the TV movie Child of Darkness, Child of Light.

Some of his Twin Peaks staff paid tribute to Strobel, with show co-creator Mark Frost tweeting, “Oh no…Dear Al…than those of you who have been lucky enough to have met him over the years, what a warm hearted one.” and wonderful gentleman he was . RIP, friend.’

Dana Ashbrook, who played Bobby Briggs on the series, added: “Sad, sad news… dear Al. He was the sweetest of all men.’

Producer Harley Peyton added, “As authentic an actor as I’ve ever met. So precise, so real. REST IN PEACE. Al.’

Movies: He also appeared in movies like 1990's Sitting Target and Megaville, Ricochet River and the TV movie Child of Darkness, Child of Light

Movies: He also appeared in movies like 1990’s Sitting Target and Megaville, Ricochet River and the TV movie Child of Darkness, Child of Light

Mark's tribute: Some of his Twin Peaks staff paid tribute to Strobel, and the show's co-creator Mark Frost tweeted:'Oh no...Dear Al...than those of you who have been lucky enough to have met him over the years, what a warm and wonderful gentleman he was. RIP, friend'

Mark’s tribute: Some of his Twin Peaks staff paid tribute to Strobel, and the show’s co-creator Mark Frost tweeted: ‘Oh no…Dear Al…than those of you who have been lucky enough to have met him over the years, what a warm and wonderful gentleman he was. RIP, friend’

Sad: Dana Ashbrook, who played Bobby Briggs on the show, added:'Sad, sad news... dear Al. He was the sweetest of all men

Sad: Dana Ashbrook, who played Bobby Briggs on the show, added: ‘Sad, sad news… dear Al. He was the sweetest of all men

Harley: Producer Harley Peyton added,

Harley: Producer Harley Peyton added, “As authentic an actor as I’ve ever met. So precise, so real. REST IN PEACE. Al’

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