American actor, producer and director Clark Middleton has died aged 63 years old.
According to Middleton’s agent, Steve Stone, the actor died of West Nile virus. This is a virus found in mosquitoes and it has no cure or vaccine.
“With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of a life immanently worthy of celebration: Clark Tinsley Middleton, 63 – beloved actor, writer, director, teacher, hero, husband, beacon, friend. Clark transitioned on October 4th as a result of West Nile Virus, for which there is no known cure. Clark was a beautiful soul who spent a lifetime defying limits and advocating for people with disabilities,” Middleton’s wife Elissa wrote in a statement.
Middleton was diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis at the age of four and lived with it for more than 50 years. Nonetheless, that did not deter him from joining the entertainment industry at the age of 26 years old.
In the 90s and early 2000s, Middleton played supporting roles in several TV shows such as Law & Order, Jonny Zero, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
He also featured in Gotham, The Path and the third season of Twin Peaks.
Middleton also wrote and produced two movies - Idee Fix and My Milonga.
Most recently from 2014 to 2020, Middleton featured in The Blacklist as Glen Carter, an employee at a Washington DC DMV.
The Blacklist writer Jon Bokenkamp eulogized Middleton as a gifted actor who loved his work with a passion.
“I’m heartbroken. Besides being a truly unique and gifted actor, Clark was simply an incredible guy in every way. He was a whip-smart film nut. He loved his work with a passion. And he was insanely generous of spirit. I was fortunate enough to work with Clark over the past several years, and that relationship developed into a wonderful friendship that I’ll always cherish. I know his entire family at The Blacklist is devastated by this news. Clark was one of the good ones, and we lost him way too soon,” Bokenkamp wrote.
Middleton is survived by his wife Elissa, his brother Kirby Middleton and his mother Sue Perior.