Frank Silva is the classic example of the aspiring actor discover
ed while toiling away behind the scenes. Before his role as Killer BOB
on "Twin Peaks
," he had received a master's degree
in lighting design
from San Francisco State University
, and worked as a set decorator
, property master
, and painter
on a few second-rate movies (Rosalie Goes Shopping
). David Lynch
, who apparently shows the same favoritism
for crew members as he does for actors, employed Silva as a set decorator for The Cowboy And The Frenchman
, Blue Velvet
, and Wild at Heart
, and it was in this capacity that he came to "Twin Peaks." However,
at a certain point he moved a chest of
drawers in front of the door and someone said, "Don't block yourself in there, Frank."
And my mind pictured Frank blocked in the room. And then I rushed into him and said,
"Frank, are you an actor?" And he said, "Why, I happen to be an actor." So I said,
"You're going to be in this."
And then later we were shooting the last set up in the house and it
was pretty late at night and it was Mrs. Palmer at the end of that day where she lost
her daughter, smoking a cigarette, distraught on the couch and playing some scenes
in her mind. And she sees something mentally and lurches up and the operator has to
crank very fast to catch it. Nailed it. Perfect. She screams at the top of this thing in
this big close up. And I said, "Beautiful!" and I congratulated Grace on her job, and Sean
said, "No, it's not good, not good, not good." And I said, "What's wrong?" and he said,
"Someone was reflected in the mirror." And I said, "Who was reflected in the mirror?"
And he said, "Frank was." And then I knew I was on to something.
--David Lynch, interviewed in Scene By Scene
put Frank into his bloodcurdling role in "Twin Peaks" and Fire Walk With Me
, he continued as a set decorator, including work on One False Move
with Billy Bob Thornton
Frank Silva died of a heart attack on September 13, 1995, in Seattle, Washington, at the age of 46. He, Jack Nance, John Boylan (mayor Dwayne Milford), and Hank Worden (Señor Droolcup) are the only "Twin Peaks" cast members who are no longer living at the time of this writeup.
http://victorian.fortunecity.com/plath/372/index2005.html (Scene By Scene interview)