Clark Middleton, an actor finest identified for his roles in The Blacklist and Twin Peaks, died on October 4 on the age of 63. Middleton’s demise was confirmed by his spouse, who mentioned the actor died of the West Nile virus at his dwelling in Los Angeles, Variety reported.
The assertion from his spouse Elissa reads:
With heavy hearts we announce the passing of a life eminently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, author, director, trainer, hero, husband, beacon, good friend. Clark transitioned on October 4th on account of West Nile Virus, for which there isn’t a identified treatment. Clark was a fantastic soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for folks with disabilities.
Middleton was an actor who appeared in lots of theater productions, movies and tv exhibits throughout his profession, together with showing as a supporting actor in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 and most lately in a recurring function on The Blacklist.He is survived by his spouse, brother and mom, Deadline wrote.
Middleton’s Acting Career Began in 1983 When He Appeared in Theater Plays in New York
Middleton made his debut in New York in 1983, showing in varied performs together with his Broadway debut within the Tony-nominated “The Iceman Cometh” alongside Denzel Washington, Variety reported. He additionally wrote and carried out a one-person play, Miracle Mile, through which he explored his private expertise with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis, in response to RA Guy.
Starting within the Nineties, Middleton appeared in quite a few tv exhibits, together with Law & Order, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Path and within the 2017 revival of Twin Peaks, through which he performed the function of the husband to character Audrey Horne, his IMDB profile signifies. Most lately, from 2014 to 2020, Middleton appeared in The Blacklistas recurring character Glen Carter. On the large display, the 63-year-old appeared in Sin City, Serendipity, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Birdman and Snowpiercer.
Jon Bokenkamp, author for The Blacklist, mentioned in an announcement to Variety:
I’m heartbroken. Besides being a very distinctive and gifted actor, Clark was merely an unbelievable man in each manner. He was a whip-smart movie nut. He beloved his work with a ardour. And he was insanely beneficiant of spirit … I do know his complete household at The Blacklist is devastated by this information. Clark was one of many good ones, and we misplaced him manner too quickly.
He Became a Spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation & Shared His Experiences Growing Up With Arthritis
Middleton additionally grew to become a spokesperson for the Arthritis Foundation, the place a put up on their website from 2017 shares particulars of Middleton’s childhood. The actor was identified with juvenile arthritis on the age of 4 and his household moved to Arizona for a hotter local weather.
“I’ll always remember using in that ’55 station wagon on our voyage to Arizona,” Middleton instructed the web site. “My joints had been so swollen that my dad created a mattress within the again for me to lie down. He would brake very slowly on the a whole lot of stoplights alongside Route 66 to keep away from [causing] me ache.”
Middleton mentioned his father was a supply of inspiration in dealing with his prognosis and impressed his refusal to develop into depending on others.
My dad refused to let me give up. He always instilled in me that I may outline my very own actuality by how I considered myself and the way I carried myself. He wouldn’t enable me to consider myself as a sufferer. He taught me rather a lot about willpower and braveness.
Because of his situation, Middleton was hospitalized a number of occasions all through his childhood, lacking one yr of highschool due to issues together with his hip. The web site reported that though his arthritis was underneath management as an grownup, he continued to have points together with his joints and had 10 joints changed in about 14 surgical procedures: “together with each knees, each hips, a shoulder and an elbow.”
West Nile Virus Is Mostly Spread Through Mosquito Bites & There Is No Cure or Vaccine
The West Nile virus, which Middleton’s spouse indicated was his reason for demise, is primarily unfold by means of mosquito bites and it has no identified treatment or vaccine so far. According to the CDC, West Nile virus “is the main reason for mosquito-borne illness within the continental United States. It is mostly unfold to folks by the chew of an contaminated mosquito.”
The CDC’s web site adds that as of September 22, there have been 174 circumstances of West Nile virus within the U.S. in 2020. In the continental U.S., about 1 in 5 contaminated folks develop signs and, “1 out of 150 contaminated folks develop a critical, generally deadly, sickness.” It is unclear when Middleton contracted the virus.