by Muthoni Kimani
October 7, 2020
Actor Clark Middleton has died aged 63 after contracting a mosquito-borne disease.
Clark, who was best known for his performances in The Blacklist and Twin Peaks died on October 4th.The sad news was confirmed by his wife Elissa;
"Clark transitioned on 4 October as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure. Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities." She called her husband a "beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend".
Clark had his own health battles throughout his life, having developed juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at the age of four. As an adult, he became a spokesperson for The Arthritis Foundation. After an outpouring of love following his tragic death.
Elissa took to his Twitter to release another statement;
“Hi. Elissa here, Clark's wife. Thank you for your love and support for My Mister. I cannot count the number of times he said 'Give the world your best and the best will come back to you', quoting his father Mel. And he meant it! He is in the light, happy and free, and sends love.”
Clark was well known for his many TV roles, including his recurring part in Law & Order as well as his appearances in Twin Peaks and The Blacklist. The star once revealed that he didn't even have to audition for his part in David Lynch's 2017 revival of Twin Peaks, but that he simply sent in a tape of himself chatting with pals instead.
Most recently, he has been seen playing DMV employee Glen Carter in The Blacklist, who moonlights as a tracker for James Spader’s Raymond Reddington, helping him gain access to personal information.
Jon Bokenkamp, The Blacklist’s showrunner, said in a statement:
“I’m heartbroken. Besides being a truly unique and gifted actor, Clark was simply an incredible guy in every way. ‘He was a whip-smart film nut. He loved his work with a passion. And he was insanely generous of spirit… I know his entire family at The Blacklist is devastated by this news. ‘Clark was one of the good ones, and we lost him way too soon.”