We’re still 3 months away from the premiere of Twin Peaks Season 3; the show launched by David Lynch and Mark Frost in 1990 is returning to Showtime after a 25-year hiatus. We previously reported on the show’s extensive cast, highlighting the new actors we’re most curious to meet. To recap:
Those who have only been following Twin Peaks production news peripherally might not be aware of the fact that the cast list for Season 3 is massive; there are over 200 names on it! In addition to returning cast members, there are a slew of newcomers—some of whom definitely have us curious. For example: Jim Belushi, Michael Cera, Trent Reznor, Eddie Vedder, Matthew Lillard (Scream), and Jane Levy (Don’t Breathe) will all appear on the show. Whether they will have major roles or mere cameos remains to be seen.
Check out the extensive cast list below:
And while we’re super excited to catch up with Agent Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan), Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee), and even crazy Leland (Ray Wise), there are more than a few original cast members who will be sitting out for Season 3. While some actors/characters will merely be missed, the exclusion of others seems almost unfathomable.
Below are those we’ll miss most when Twin Peaks return to the airways on May 21st.
First: In Memoriam; there are many cast members who can’t return, as they have sadly passed on from this earthy plane (hopefully to bask in the healing light of the White Lodge). Those we wish were still with us include:
David Bowie played Phillip Jefferies
Died: January 10, 2016, Manhattan, New York City, NY
Frances Bay played Mrs. Tremond/Chalfont
Died: September 15, 2011 (age 92) in Tarzana, Los Angeles, California, USA
John Boylan played Mayor Dwayne Milford
Died: November 16, 1994 (age 82) in Bellevue, Washington, USA
Don S. Davis played Major Garland Briggs
Died: June 29, 2008 (age 65) in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada
Jane Greer played Vivian Smythe Niles
Died: August 24, 2001 (age 76) in Los Angeles, California, USA
Tony Jay played Dougie Milford
Died: August 13, 2006 (age 73) in Los Angeles, California, USA
Jack Nance played Pete Martell
Died: December 30, 1996 (age 53) in Pasadena, California, USA
Dan O’Herlihy played Andrew Packard
Died: February 17, 2005 (age 85) in Malibu, California, USA
Frank Silva played BOB
Died: September 13, 1995 (age 44) in Seattle, Washington, USA
Catherine E. Coulson played The Log Lady aka Margaret Lanterman
Died: September 28, 2015 (age 71) in Ashland, Oregon, USA
Twin Peaks Actors Who Are Still Alive but Will Not Be Returning for Season 3
Michael Ontkean played Sheriff Harry S. Truman
He’s alive and well, but the Canadian officially retired from acting in 2011. This entry is unique in that, although the actor is not returning, the character will live on. When Twin Peaks returns, Sheriff Truman will be played by Robert Forster who was, coincidentally, Lynch’s first pick for the role back in 1990. If I was Ontkean, I absolutely would have come out of retirement for this one—but that’s just me.
Michael J. Anderson played The Man from Another Place aka The Arm
While his counterpart, The Giant (Carel Struycken), will be back for Season 3, the diminutive Man from Another Place will not. We’ll certainly miss seeing him cut a rug in the Black Lodge. Since this a character is also known as “The Arm” and represents a piece of the demon BOB, the fact that Frank Silva passed away in 1995 could explain why Anderson won’t be returning: No BOB, no Arm.
Lara Flynn Boyle and Moira Kelly played Donna Hayward
The inability to keep Donna Hayward in the Twin Peaks storyline is a major failure of the series (one of the few). Lara Flynn Boyle was integral as Laura Palmer’s BFF who seemed to have no idea about her friend’s extracurricular activities. Of course, in the 1992 prequel Fire Walk with Me, Donna was played by Moira Kelly and we discover she knew much more than we thought. While Boyle had a much publicized falling out with MacLachlan following a failed relationship, there’s no explanation or theory regarding why Kelly won’t be returning for the role. Hopefully the show will at least explain this character’s gaping absence.
Eric Da Re played Leo Johnson
Leo Johnson was the wife-beating, drug-running, low-life we loved to hate—which made his semi-vegetative confinement to a wheelchair in Season 2 so satisfying! When we last saw Leo, Windom Earle (Kenneth Welsh) left him holding a cage of tarantulas over his head (by a rope held in his teeth!). While it’s absolutely a nightmare scenario, it isn’t necessarily a fatal exercise; nonetheless, fans hoping for Leo’s return will be disappointed. This could also be a case of the actor retiring as Da Re hasn’t appeared on film since 2002.
Heather Graham played Annie Blackburn
The shocking climax of Twin Peaks Season 2 left Annie Blackburn’s fate in serious question. While we know she made it out of The Black Lodge, we were not certain at all she’d survive. Of course, as Annie made an appearance in 1992’s Fire Walk with Me (delivering a message of crucial importance to Laura Palmer) fans naturally expected her return. Any hope held out for a resumption of a romantic relationship between Annie and Cooper are therefore bound for heartache. Worst: Heather Graham was offered a chance to reprise the role, but she declined.
Chris Isaak played Special Agent Chester Desmond
While everything we know about Agent Cooper’s predecessor, Special Agent Chester Desmond, comes from Fire Walk with Me, the character’s mysterious disappearance has never been explained. While it seems Season 3 would have been a perfect opportunity to tie-up this loose end, it appears we may never know what happened to him during his hunt for Teresa Bank’s killer.
Piper Laurie played Catherine Martell
This one really stings, as Piper Laurie’s Catherine Martell was perhaps the actress’s most sinister role since she played Carrie’s mom in 1976. Yes, Laurie is currently 84, but we don’t imagine age would have slowed down this cutthroat business woman. Of course, the fact that the Packard Mill burned down at the end of Season 1 means that particular subplot is pretty much dead; no one else involved in that storyline is returning. But we won’t miss Joan Chen (Josie Packard) nearly as much as Catherine.
Chris Mulkey played Hank Jennings
This one’s a bit of a head-scratcher, as Chris Mulkey is both alive and prolific in film and television—not to mention the fact that he was a major plot-point in the series. There’s every chance Hank is rotting away in Jail where Norma (Peggy Lipton) left him (after delivering the epic line: “I’d rather be his whore than your wife.”), but it still seems both a shame and a missed opportunity that we won’t be catching up with him in May.
Kenneth Welsh played Windom Earle
Okay, Windom Earle is dead, but so is Leland Palmer (Ray Wise) and he’s coming back. Besides, death has always been a semi-permeable barrier in the worlds of David Lynch. Considering he was Agent Cooper’s greatest nemesis, responsible for our hero’s imprisonment in The Black Lodge, I would have loved to see the two match wits once again. If it turns out that Annie Blackburn is actually dead, Cooper’s rage should be epic.
Who will you miss most when Twin Peaks returns in May? Sound off in the Comments section!