Walter Olkewicz — Jacques Renault on ‘Twin Peaks’ — dead at 72


One of Walter Olkewicz’s most memorable roles was as Kramer’s cable man on an episode of ‘Seinfeld.’

Actor Walter Olkewicz, finest identified for roles on “Grace Under Fire,” “Twin Peaks” and “Seinfeld,” has died, in response to a number of reviews. He was 72.

USA TODAY reported Olkewicz died Tuesday in his dwelling close to Los Angeles after an extended sickness.

“He was a good man who pushed his love for creativity and the arts into everything he did,” his son, Zak, advised USA TODAY of his father.

Olkewicz was born May 14, 1948, in Bayonne, New Jersey. His career started within the 1976 science-fiction movie “Futureworld.”

His roles included bartender Jacques Renault on “Twin Peaks,” as oil refinery employee Dougie Boudreau on “Grace Under Fire” and a memorable visitor function as Nick the cable man on a 1996 episode of “Seinfeld.” Other roles included Tiny McGee on “Who’s The Boss?” and Walter Plimp on “Night Court.”

With the exception of those and some others, Olkewicz was largely a personality actor, showing in visitor star roles on a number of tv reveals and films.

The Hollywood Reporter stated Olkewicz is survived by his son, Zac, daughter-in-law, Katrina Rennells and grandchildren Sadie and Declan (*72*).

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