Brent Briscoe, the busy character actor who appeared alongside Billy Bob Thornton in Sling Blade and A Simple Plan and played Det. Dave Macklay on the recently revived Twin Peaks, has died. He was 56.
Briscoe starred as Lou Chambers, one of the three men who come upon a crashed plane filled with cash, in Sam Raimi’s A Simple Plan (1998). Earlier, he was Scooter, one of the repair shop employees who takes a liking to Thornton‘s character, Karl, in Sling Blade (1996). Thornton, of course, wrote and directed the acclaimed drama as well.
Briscoe and Thornton also appeared onscreen in U Turn (1997), Mr. Woodcock (2007), The Smell of Success (2009) and Jayne Mansfield’s Car (2012), and he and former college roommate Mark Fauser co-wrote and acted in the 2002 romantic comedy Waking Up in Reno, starring Thornton.
A native of Moberly, Mo., Briscoe attended Moberly High School and the University of Missouri before serving as an apprentice in 1985 at The Burt Reynolds Dinner Theatre in Jupiter, Fla. His first onscreen credit came in 1990 on Reynolds’ CBS sitcom, Evening Shade.
Briscoe‘s film résumé also included Milos Forman’s Man on the Moon (1999), Darabont’s The Green Mile (1999), Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 (2004), Paul Haggis’ In the Valley of Elah (2007), Jon Turteltaub’s National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007) and Beneath (2013).
Survivors include his father Carl, sister Shelley and brother Kent.