Who played Lenny Von Dohlen in Twin Peaks? Career explored as Home Alone 3 star dies aged 63


Actor Lenny Von Dohlen recently passed away on July 5, 2022, at the age of 63. The news was revealed yesterday by his sister Catherine Von Dohlen via Facebook. She wrote:

“The world lost a beautiful man on July 5. Brother Len was passionate about everything and everyone. He was still leading; whether it’s engaging conversation, creating art, or traveling to new places. He liked to laugh. He continues his spiritual journey. Live life fully in his memory.

Lenny’s cause of death remains unknown and further details of his funeral have yet to be released.

Lenny Von Dohlen’s illustrious career included playing an agoraphobic man in twin peaks

Lenny Von Dohlen gained recognition for his appearance in the ABC mystery drama series twin peaks as Harold Smith, an agoraphobic man who Laura Palmer entrusted with his secret diary for safekeeping.

The character was later found hanged in his green bedroom with scraps of Laura’s diary around him. His suicide note said, “I have a lonely soul” meaning “I am a lonely soul.”

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Created by Mark Frost and David Lynch, twin peaks premiered on ABC on April 8, 1990 and ran for two seasons until 1991. The series received positive reviews and was followed by a feature film, Twin Peaks: Fire Walks With Mein 1992.

What do we know about Lenny Von Dohlen’s career?

Born on December 22, 1958, Lenny Von Dohlen studied acting at the University of Texas and graduated from Loretto Heights College. He made his screen debut with the 1983 drama film tender merciesand continued to perform in Electric dreams in 1984.

Lenny Von Dohlen has appeared in several movies, TV shows and plays throughout his career (Image via Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
Lenny Von Dohlen has appeared in several movies, TV shows and plays throughout his career (Image via Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)

As he gained recognition in the industry, he appeared in hit movies like Widow of Dracula, Jennifer 8, Billy Galvin, Tollbooth, Bird of Prey, Entertaining Angels, Frontline, Home Alone 3, One Good Turn, and more. He took the roles of important characters in films like Beautiful Loser, Teeth, Downstream, Night Blind, Camilla Dickinson, and Close to the myth: the story of Oskar Knight.

Von Dohlen has also become a familiar face on television. The NBC series Kent State marked his first television appearance, and it was followed by his role as Harold Smith in twin peaks. He also appeared on Don’t Torch, Miami Vice, The Lazarus Man, Picket Fences, Texas Ranger, Walker, and more.

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He also appeared in plays like Cloud, Desire under the elms, A poster of the cosmos, Theater district, and Private life, among others.

Lenny is survived by his mother Gay Von Dohlen and his siblings Mary Gay, Catherine and John David.

Edited by Mohini Banerjee

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