Twin Peaks: Kyle MacLachlan remembers Al Strobel, dead at 83

Strobel played the famous “one-armed man” Phillip Gerard in the series, co-created by David Lynch.

Kyle MacLachlan remembers his ‘Twin Peaks’ co-star Al Strobel, who passed away on December 2 at the age of 83.

Strobel played Phillip Gerard, also known as “One Armed Man”, in the series co-developed by David Lynch and Mark Frost. Strobel reprized the cult-favorite role in Lynch’s Twin Peaks: The Return (2017). Strobel’s death was announced on Facebook by Twin Peaks: The Return producer Sabrina S. Sutherland.

“I am saddened to report that Al Strobel passed away last night. I loved him dearly,” Sutherland wrote on Dec. 3. “Through the darkness of the future past and much sadness, we say goodbye to Al Strobel. He is an irreplaceable person and will always be an important part of our Twin Peaks family.”

Sutherland’s homage, beginning “Through the darkness of the future past,” is a reference to how Strobel’s character says just that in a lyrical monologue that ends with the first utterance in the series of the words “Fire, go with me.”

MacLachlan offered his condolences and wrote on Instagram: “One of the nicest guys ever. I am so sad to hear this news. He brought a seriousness and intensity to the world of Twin Peaks that was essential.”

Twin Peaks premiered in 1989 and ran for two seasons before returning to Showtime for the third episode in 2017. Strobel also appeared in the 1992 prequel film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. In the series, Strobel’s character cut off his arm to ward off the evil presence of BOB, whom he had used to commit murders possessed by the possessed spirit “Mike”. Strobel briefly came out of retirement to reprise his role on The Return.

Strobel lost his left arm in a car accident at the age of 17. In addition to starring in Twin Peaks, he also starred in the movies Megaville and Ricochet River, and the TV movie Child of Darkness, Child of Light. ”

Twin Peaks co-creator Frost wrote in memoriam, “Oh no… Dear Al… for 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.”

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

Actors Dana Ashbrook and Michael Horse also posted in honor of Strobel. Ashbrook remarked, “Sad, sad news… dear Al. He was the sweetest of all men.”

Co-stars Lenny Von Dohlen, Kenneth Welsh and “Twin Peaks” singer Julee Cruise also died in 2022.

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Lindsay Lowe

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