Jack Nance (December 21, 1943 – December 30, 1996) was an American stage and screen actor in offbeat or avant-garde film and theatre. He is best known for his work with film director David Lynch (in particular the television series Twin Peaks) and specialised in eccentric supporting roles.
Nance died in South Pasadena, California on December 30, 1996 under mysterious circumstances.
The famously temperamental Nance claimed to have been involved in a brawl outside a Winchell's Donuts on the morning of December 28, in which he received serious head injuries which caused a subdural hematoma, resulting in his death two days later.
However, acquaintances note that Nance was a notorious late sleeper and was rarely ever awake at the time he said he was at the donut shop, and that the circumstances of his death were most unusual.