Actor Warren Frost, who is, perhaps, best known for playing Doc Hayward on ABC's Twin Peaks, has passed away at the age of 91. News of his passing comes from his son, Mark Frost, who co-created the creepy 1990s drama with David Lynch. According to his statement, Frost died Friday morning at his home in Middlebury, Vermont after going through a lengthy illness.
After a stint in the U.S. Navy during WWII and, later, time working as the floor director and stage manager for the weekly live drama Philco Playhouse, Warren Frost began acting in the late 1950s. His first screen credit was in the TV show The Gray Ghost in 1957, and, from there, he went on to appear in several films and TV series, with most of his on-screen appearances happening in the '50s, '80s and '90s. His credits include Make Room for Daddy, Playhouse 90, The Mating Game, Quantum Leap, Beauty and the Beast, L.A. Law, The Stand, The Larry Sanders Show, Grace Under Fire and Murder One.
Frost also made many memorable appearances on some other popular 1990s television shows, his career being spurred on by his work on Twin Peaks. On the legal drama Matlock, from 1991-1995, he played a good friend of the lead character, who was also the father of a private investigator on the series. Frost could also be seen as Mr. Ross, the father of the ill-fated Susan Ross (a.k.a George Costanza's fiancee ) on Seinfeld from 1992-1998, where he guest starred in five episodes, including the series finale.
Twin Peaks saw Warren Frost appear in 30 episodes as the town doctor, Will Hayward, where he had the distinction of being the one to discover the plastic-wrapped body of dead homecoming queen Laura Palmer. Frost also brought the character to life for the movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, though his scenes were deleted from the final film. He will also be seen in the role during Showtime's revival of the series, which is currently still shooting and is expected to debut this May.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, during his long career, Warren Frost also taught at the University of Minnesota and worked as artistic director of the Chimera Theater Company in St. Paul, Minnesota. He left Los Angels for Middlebury in 2000 to begin his retirement.
Warren Frost is survived by his wife of 68 years, Virginia, three-time Emmy nominated screenwriter Mark, son Scott, daughter Lindsay Frost, who's an actress that's appeared in Crossing Jordan and The Ring, and grandsons Casey, Travis and Lucas Giolito, who's a pitcher with the Chicago White Sox. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. We're sure that he'll be greatly missed.