Skip to main content

'Parks & Recreation' Actor Brent Briscoe Dies

'Parks & Recreation' Actor Brent Briscoe Dies Promo Image

Actor Brent Briscoe, known for his roles in "Twin Peaks" and "Parks and Recreation" has died at age 56. 

Briscoe died Oct. 18 after a brief hospital stay due to a "serious fall," according to Variety. The fall led to internal bleeding and heart complications. 

"We lost a class act on Wednesday. Brent played hundreds of roles throughout his career but his greatest role was to his family and friends. He was a genuine as they come. We will miss him dearly," said Briscoe's representative in a statement to Variety. 

Although Briscoe's name may not be familiar, television fans should recognize his face from his many roles over the decades. 

Most notably, Briscoe played Detective Dave Macklay in the 2017 season of "Twin Peaks" and JJ, the owner of JJ's Diner, in "Parks and Recreation."

Image placeholder title

"I want you to know how much I loved working with Brent," said "Twin Peaks" director David Lynch in a statement. "I worked with him on 'Mulholland Drive' and 'Twin Peaks.' I loved him as an actor and a great person. I'm holding good thoughts for all of you. I will really miss working with Brent again." 

Briscoe, a native of Moberly, Missouri, got his first big break in 1990, appearing on the sitcom, "Evening Shade." 

From there, Briscoe became a prolific character actor, appearing in minor roles across numerous popular television shows. Briscoe's filmography includes appearances on "ER," "NCIS," "Grey's Anatomy," "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," "Desperate Housewives," "Scandal," "24" and "CSI," according to Entertainment Weekly. 

Throughout his career, Briscoe frequently appeared with Billy Bob Thornton. First, in the movie "Sling Blade" and later in the Sam Raimi movie "A Simple Plan." 

Image placeholder title

The pair also appeared together in "U Turn," "Mr. Woodcock," "The Smell of Success," "Jayne Mansfield's Car," "Waking Up in Reno" and most recently, "Goliath." 

Although he mostly worked in television, Briscoe also had a number of blockbuster movie appearances, including small roles in "The Green Mile," "The Dark Knight Rise," "Spider-Man 2," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets" and "Man on the Moon."

Briscoe also had three screenwriting credits to his name. In 1994, he wrote two episodes of Burt Reynolds' "Evening Shade," the show that started his acting career. 

Two years later, Briscoe joined Mark Fauser to write the TV movie "The Right to Remain Silent." In 2002, the pair wrote the script for the movie "Waking Up in Reno."

Briscoe is survived by his father, brother and sister. 

Sources: Variety, Entertainment Weekly / Featured Image: Will Jackson/Flickr / Embedded Images: Showtime via Entertainment Weekly, NBC via Variety

Popular Video