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Twin Peaks
''Twin Peaks'' is an American mystery serial drama television series created by Mark Frost and David Lynch. It premiered on ABC on April 8, 1990, and originally ran for two seasons until its cancellation in 1991. The show returned in 2017 for a third season on Showtime. The series follows an investigation, headed by FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper ( Kyle MacLachlan) and local Sheriff Harry S. Truman (Michael Ontkean), into the murder of homecoming queen Laura Palmer ( Sheryl Lee) in the fictional town of Twin Peaks, Washington. The show's narrative draws on elements of detective fiction, but its uncanny tone, supernatural elements, and campy, melodramatic portrayal of eccentric characters also draws from American soap opera and horror tropes. Like much of Lynch's work, it is distinguished by surrealism, offbeat humor, and distinctive cinematography. The score was composed by Angelo Badalamenti with Lynch. The original run was followed by the 1992 feature ...
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Serial Drama
In television and radio programming, a serial is a show that has a continuing plot that unfolds in a sequential episode-by-episode fashion. Serials typically follow main story arcs that span entire television seasons or even the complete run of the series, and sometimes spinoffs, which distinguishes them from episodic television that relies on more stand-alone episodes. Worldwide, the soap opera is the most prominent form of serial dramatic programming. In the UK the serial began as a direct adaptations of well known literary works, usually consisting of a small number of episodes. Serials rely on keeping the full nature of the story hidden and revealing elements episode by episode, to encourage spectators to tune in to every episode to follow the plot. Often these shows employ recapping segments at the beginning and cliffhangers at the end of each episode. The invention of recording devices such as VCRs and DVRs along with the growing popularity of streaming services has m ...
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Julee Cruise
Julee Ann Cruise (December 1, 1956 – June 9, 2022) was an American singer, songwriter and actress, known for her collaborations with composer Angelo Badalamenti and film director David Lynch in the late 1980s and early 1990s. She released four albums beginning with 1989's '' Floating into the Night''. Cruise is best known for her 1989 single "Falling"; an instrumental version was used as the theme song for the television series '' Twin Peaks'' in which she appeared in a recurring role as a roadhouse singer. She reprised the role in the 1992 movie '' Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me'' (which also featured her music), and in the 2017 revival series '' Twin Peaks: The Return''. She was also featured in Lynch and Badalamenti's avant-garde 1990 theater production '' Industrial Symphony No. 1,'' which was filmed and released on home media. Other notable singles included " Rockin' Back Inside My Heart" (1990) and " If I Survive" (1999) by the band Hybrid, which featured her vocals. In ...
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Jack Nance
Marvin John Nance (December 21, 1943 – December 30, 1996), known professionally as Jack Nance, was an American actor. A longtime collaborator of filmmaker David Lynch, Nance portrayed the lead in Lynch's directorial film debut ''Eraserhead'' (1977). He continued to work with Lynch throughout his career, including as a series regular on the ABC mystery drama ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991). Early life Nance was born in Boston, Massachusetts and was raised in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from South Oak Cliff High School. Nance worked for some time with the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. In the 1970s, Nance met David Lynch, who cast him as the lead in ''Eraserhead''. Later career After ''Eraserhead'', he remained on good terms with Lynch, who cast him in nearly all of his projects: * ''Dune'' (1984): a small role as the Harkonnen Captain Iakin Nefud. * '' Blue Velvet'' (1986): a supporting role as Paul, a friend of Frank Booth. * ''The Cowboy and the Frenchman'' ...
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Everett McGill
Everett McGill (born Charles Everett McGill III, October 21, 1945) is an American actor, who rose to prominence for his portrayal of a caveman in '' Quest for Fire'' (1981). He went on to have prominent roles in the films ''Dune'' (1984), '' Silver Bullet'' (1985), ''Heartbreak Ridge'' (1986), ''Licence to Kill'' (1989), '' The People Under the Stairs'' (1991) and '' Under Siege 2: Dark Territory'' (1995). On television he appeared as "Big" Ed Hurley in ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991). He retired from acting in 1999, but returned for the revival of ''Twin Peaks''. Early life McGill was born Everett Charles McGill III in Miami Beach, Florida. He graduated from Rosedale High School in Kansas City, Kansas, in 1963. Career McGill has a relatively short filmography and has made something of a career of playing sadistic military types or terrorists. He managed to garner some level of fame by appearing in films such as '' Brubaker'' starring Robert Redford. McGill's roles include Chad ...
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James Marshall (actor)
James David Greenblatt (born January 2, 1967), best known as James Marshall, is an American actor, known for playing the character James Hurley in the television series ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991), its 1992 prequel film '' Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me'', and its 2017 revival, and for his role as Private Louden Downey in ''A Few Good Men'' (1992). Early life Marshall was born in Queens, New York. His father, William R. Greenblatt, was a Radio City Music Hall publicist, and his mother, Charlotte Green, danced with The Rockettes as Charlotte Bullard. The family moved from New Jersey to California in the 1980s.Feeley, Jef. "Roche to Face Hollywood Stars Sheen, Dennehy in New Jersey Accutane Trial." Bloomberg News. July 30, 2010/ref> Marshall has one sister, Kat Green, a music and film producer. Career Marshall's feature debut film was the Charlie Sheen vehicle, ''Cadence'' (1990). He played the lead role in ''Gladiator'' (1992). Since then, Marshall has appeared in numerous film ...
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Peggy Lipton
Margaret Ann Lipton (August 30, 1946 – May 11, 2019) was an American actress, model, and singer. She made appearances in many of the most popular television shows of the 1960s before she landed her defining role as flower child Julie Barnes in the crime drama ''The Mod Squad'' (1968–1973), for which she won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Drama in 1970. After ''The Mod Squad'', Lipton married musician Quincy Jones and began a 15-year hiatus from acting, during which she raised her two children, Kidada and Rashida Jones. She returned to acting in 1988, performing in many TV roles, including Norma Jennings in David Lynch's ''Twin Peaks''. Early life Lipton was born Margaret Ann Lipton into an upper middle-class Jewish family in New York City on August 30, 1946, the daughter of artist Rita Benson (born Rita Hetty Rosenberg) and corporate lawyer Harold Lipton. Her paternal grandparents (surnamed Lipschitz) were Jewish immigrants from Russi ...
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Warren Frost
Warren Frost (June 5, 1925 – February 17, 2017) was an American actor. His work was mainly in theater, but he worked in films and television sporadically from 1958. He is known for television roles on '' Matlock'' and ''Seinfeld'', and particularly as Doctor Hayward on ''Twin Peaks'', a series co-created by his son Mark Frost. He has also appeared in TV movies, such as '' Psycho IV: The Beginning'' (1990) and ''The Stand'' (1994). Early life Frost was born in 1925 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and was raised in the Bronx and Essex Junction, Vermont. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, and served aboard the destroyer escort in Europe during the Normandy landings. At the age of 21, he enrolled as an English major at Middlebury College in Vermont under the G.I. Bill. Career Frost spent much of his career in the Twin Cities, teaching at the University of Minnesota and serving as artistic director of the Chimera Theater in St. Paul ...
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Sherilyn Fenn
Sherilyn Fenn (born Sheryl Ann Fenn; February 1, 1965) is an American actress and author. She came to attention for her performance as Audrey Horne on the television series ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991, 2017) for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe Award and an Emmy Award. She is also known for her roles in '' Wild at Heart'' (1990), '' Of Mice and Men'' (1992), '' Boxing Helena'' (1993), the television sitcom '' Rude Awakening'' (1998–2001), '' The United States of Leland'' (2003), '' Shameless'' (2016), and ''Shining Vale'' (2022). Early life Fenn was born Sheryl Ann Fenn on February 1, 1965, in Detroit, Michigan. She comes from a family of musicians: her mother is keyboard player Arlene Quatro, her aunt is singer Suzi Quatro, her grandfather Art Quatro was a jazz musician, and her father, Leo Fenn, managed such rock bands as Suzi Quatro's The Pleasure Seekers, Alice Cooper, and The Billion Dollar Babies. Fenn is of Italian and Hungarian descent on her mother's si ...
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Lara Flynn Boyle
Lara Flynn Boyle (born March 24, 1970) is an American actress. She is best known for her role as Donna Hayward in the television series ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991). After portraying Stacy in Penelope Spheeris's comedy '' Wayne's World'' (1992), Boyle had a lead role in John Dahl's neo-noir film ''Red Rock West'' (1993), followed by roles in ''Threesome'' (1994), ''Cafe Society'' (1995), and ''Happiness'' (1998). Boyle had played the villainous role as Serleena in the blockbuster feature film ''Men in Black II'' for which she was nominated for a Razzie Award for Worst Supporting Actress. From 1997 to 2003, Boyle portrayed Assistant District Attorney Helen Gamble in the ABC television series ''The Practice'' for which she was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Early life Boyle was born in Davenport, Iowa, the daughter of Sally Flynn, a clerical worker, assistant, and manager, and Michael L. Boyle. Her paternal grandfather was ...
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Richard Beymer
George Richard Beymer Jr. (born February 20, 1938) is an American actor, filmmaker and artist who played the roles of Tony in the film version of ''West Side Story'' (1961), Peter in '' The Diary of Anne Frank'' (1959), and Ben Horne on the television series ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991, 2017). Early life Beymer was born in Avoca, Iowa, to George Richard Beymer, a printer, and his wife, Eunice (née Goss). He and his family moved in 1940 to Los Angeles. Acting career Child actor In 1949, Beymer began acting in television in a Los Angeles TV series for children ''Sandy Dreams'' (1949–53). He did it for three years, rehearsing after school during the week and recording it on Saturdays. The show ended when he was 13. Beymer made his feature-film debut in Vittorio De Sica's '' Stazione Termini'' (1953). De Sica cast him in part because his dark complexion made him look like Jennifer Jones' nephew. He was under contract to Jones' husband, David O. Selznick, for a year. Selznick ...
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Dana Ashbrook
Dana Vernon Ashbrook (born May 24, 1967) is an American actor, best known for playing Bobby Briggs on the television series ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991, 2017) and its 1992 prequel film '' Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me''. Early life Ashbrook was born in San Diego, California; his mother, D'Ann (née Paton) is a teacher and his father, Vernon L. "Buddy" Ashbrook, was a director of the Palomar College drama department. He is the brother of writer Taylor Ashbrook and actress Daphne Ashbrook. Career In 1978, Ashbrook made his film debut in an uncredited role in '' Attack of the Killer Tomatoes!'' A decade later, after an acting hiatus, Ashbrook guest starred on the television series ''Cagney & Lacey'', ''Knots Landing'', and ''ABC Afterschool Special'' before starring as Tom Essex in the 1988 horror film ''Return of the Living Dead Part II''. The same year, he starred in the horror film '' Waxwork'' alongside Deborah Foreman and guest starred on an episode of '' 21 Jump Street''. In ...
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Mädchen Amick
Mädchen Elaina Amick ( ; born December 12, 1970) is an American actress and television director. She is known for her starring role as Shelly Johnson on the television series ''Twin Peaks'' (1990–1991), its prequel film '' Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me'' (1992) and its revival television series '' Twin Peaks: The Return'' (2017). She was also a series regular on '' Central Park West'' (1995–1996), '' Freddie'' (2005–2006), and ''Witches of East End'' (2013–2014). In film, she had starring roles in '' Sleepwalkers'' (1992) and '' Dream Lover'' (1993). She currently portrays Alice Smith on The CW's drama television series '' Riverdale'' (2017–present). Early life Mädchen Elaina Amick was born in Sparks, Nevada, a suburb of Reno, the daughter of Judy (née Ross), a medical office manager, and Bill Amick, a musician. Amick's parents are of partial German descent; the name ''Mädchen'', which means "girl" in German, was chosen by her parents because they wanted an unusu ...
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