Actor and War Veteran Warren Frost of ‘Twin Peaks’ Fame Dies

Warren Frost served in the Navy during WWII and participated in D-Day invasion.
Warren Frost served in the Navy during WWII and participated in D-Day invasion.

Character actor Warren Frost who played Dr. Will Hayward on ‘Twin Peaks’ and appeared in numerous familiar shows such as ‘Matlock’ and ‘Seinfeld’ has passed away at age 91.

Frost died February 17 at his Middlebury, Vermont home following a long illness, according to his son, ‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator Mark Frost.  The cause of the illness was not disclosed.

His father taught them that a life given to telling the correct kind of truths could make a difference in others’ lives, he said in a statement released by Showtime channel.

Warren Frost repeated his ‘Twin Peaks’ role for a forthcoming Showtime sequel to the 1990-91 cult drama.

He served in the Navy during WWII and was aboard a ship that participated in 1944 Allied D-Day invasion, according to a biography.

Frost attended Middlebury College in Vermont where he met Virginia Calhoun, his future wife, and then started his TV career in New York with jobs that included stage manager for early TV shows.

Following his move to Los Angeles in 1958, Frost worked regularly on TV series including ‘The Mating Game,’ ‘It Started with a Kiss’ and ‘Dragnet.’

He earned a master’s degree from California’s Occidental College and a doctorate from the University of Minnesota while being a part of the theater department for two decades and acted regularly in local productions.

In the 1990’s he renewed his screen career appearing in ‘Seinfeld’ as Mr. Ross, the dad to George Constanza’s unlucky fiancée Susan, and played friend Billy to ‘Matlock’ star Andy Griffith’s character.

Frost retired to Middlebury in 2000 but returned to acting in the new ‘Twin Peaks,’ scheduled to debut in May, Mail Online reported.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE