Warren Frost, a prolific character actor who made his mark in some of the biggest television shows of the 1980s, has died. He was 91.
Frost might be best known for his recurring role as Dr. Will Hayward, a coroner who, in the original Twin Peaks, refused to perform the autopsy on murder victim Laura Palmer. And unlike many of the other people who populated Twin Peaks, Hayward didn’t seem to have any weird quirks, and just minimal secrets.
Although Frost had earned his acting credentials through a string of work that began in the 1950s, Twin Peaks came his way because it was co-created by his son, Mark Frost, who would earn Emmy nominations not just for the 1990s version of Twin Peaks, but for Hill Street Blues in 1984 as well.
The older Frost is set to appear in Showtime’s revival of the series in May. And it marks the second actor who has died in recent weeks who returned for the new series after NCIS: Los Angeles star Miguel Ferrer died in late January.
Warren Frost was born June 5, 1925, in Newburyport, Massachusetts, soon after moving to Vermont. He was a World War II veteran, serving on the USS Borum during the Normandy landings, and later studied English at Middlebury College thanks to the G.I. Bill.