Al Strobel (1940-2022)

Mr. Reindeer

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Weird I’m not seeing it. Thanks for the screenshot.
I’m not either. Very odd. Is it still showing for you, sneakydave? i can’t help hoping she was misinformed and retracted her posts.

If true, it’s not unexpected. He was up there in years, and I’ve been dreading this one for awhile. Such an amazing presence, such a rich baritone voice. He really elevated every scene he was in. I love listening to him tell the story of how he lost his arm on the Blu Ray extras.
 

sneakydave

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It's still there. I'm 'friends' with her on Facebook. Maybe that's the difference if you guys never added her?
 

Jasper

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Such sad news. Al Strobel was one of the absolute greatest Twin Peaks actors. He completely became his characters and gave everything to his performances. It's wonderful that late in his life he got to return to the spotlight and enjoy a new round of excitement and fulfillment. He didn't have a mercenary attitude as an actor, and was always deeply appreciative of David Lynch's artistic vision (in particular) and his opportunity to be a part of it. He always relished and spoke passionately about his role in the world of Twin Peaks.

season 2 episode 6 GIF by Twin Peaks on Showtime


We can't say that Al Strobel died particularly young, but we'd all have liked to have had him around for a lot longer. While he is no longer inhabiting his vessel, his spirit is now returning to the White Lodge, the place where it had always been.

Thank you, Al Strobel, for being awesome.
 

Mr. Reindeer

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I said this back on the dugpa boards, but I can never decide if Strobel’s best performance is in the Extended Pilot/Episode 2 (the original “Fire Walk with Me” speech), in Episode 13, or in FWWM (the scene yelling at Leland and Laura).

Ironically, even after The Return, we still don’t know whether or not Phillip Michael Gerard is dead since it was left ambiguous on the original show. Perhaps apropos that he should remain always in limbo.
 
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Jerry Horne

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Very sad news. Al and Little Mike were the first TP actors I met in person at the '94 TP Fest. I didn't bring anything for them to sign so I picked up a brochure for the power plant at the Falls and had those two sign it.

I used to see Al at a Safeway in Portland. I approached him once and he took the time to talk about things.

He used to park his Chinook Camper (from FWWM) near where he lived and I always smiled to myself when I drove by.
 

Mr. Reindeer

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Very sad news. Al and Little Mike were the first TP actors I met in person at the '94 TP Fest. I didn't bring anything for them to sign so I picked up a brochure for the power plant at the Falls and had those two sign it.

I used to see Al at a Safeway in Portland. I approached him once and he took the time to talk about things.

He used to park his Chinook Camper (from FWWM) near where he lived and I always smiled to myself when I drove by.
Great stuff. Thanks for sharing, Jerry.
 

AXX°N N.

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The reading of the FWWM poem in ep 2 was the moment TP sank its hooks into me forever, it's got to be, in my mind, one of the best line readings of anything ever.
 

Mr. Reindeer

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I highly recommend that those who want to remember Al revisit the Blu Ray extra “A Pot of Boiling Oil,” which begins with him in the Red Room telling Lynch the story of how he lost his arm. One of my favorite extras ever. There’s also another extra on the original series discs of him telling the story which is incredible in its own right, but I love the second version because he’s in the Red Room and talking to Lynch. Lynch’s assessment: “Geez, Al, that’s a story. Fantastic, man.”
 
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Cappy

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The reading of the FWWM poem in ep 2 was the moment TP sank its hooks into me forever, it's got to be, in my mind, one of the best line readings of anything ever.
Big agree here! That was the moment that forever hooked me on Peaks. RIP Al.
 
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