Brent Briscoe, 'Twin Peaks' and 'Parks and Recreation' Actor, Dies at 56

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Character actor Brent Briscoe has died at the age of 56.

Brent Briscoe, known for appearances on "Parks and Recreation" and "Twin Peaks", died on Wednesday after a short hospital stay due to a serious fall that resulted in internal bleeding and eventually heart complications. He moved to the city permanently after landing his role as Scooter Hodges in Sling Blade alongside Thornton. "We have lost an actor of great class on Wednesday. He will be greatly missed", said his representative in a press release. He recently appeared as JJ the diner owner in "Parks and Recreation", and had guest roles in "Brooklyn Nine-Nine", "Justified", and other shows.

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The character actor often worked with Billy Bob Thornton. Prior to his turn as Detective Dave Macklay on Twin Peaks, he was another police officer, Det. I loved him as an actor and a great person.

Briscoe got his first acting credit in 1990, when he appeared in Burt Reynold's sitcom Evening Shade after graduating from the University of Missouri. As Thornton's career took off, he continued to work with Briscoe in "A Simple Plan", "Mr. Woodcock", and the Thornton-directed "Jayne Mansfield's auto".

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His most critically praised role was as Lou Chambers in Sam Raimi's 1998 pic A Simple Plan, playing one of three men who discover a crashed plane with millions of dollars of cash. One of his early opportunities in show business was as a writer for the Burt Reynolds sitcom, "Evening Shade".

His body of work also includes film roles in The Green Mile, The Dark Knight Rises, Spider-Man 2, National Treasure: Book of Secrets, and Man on the Moon.

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He is survived by his father Carl, brother Kent and sister Shelley West.

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