Warren Frost

Warren Frost (June 5, 1925 – February 17, 2017) was an American actor. His work was mainly in theater, but he worked in films and television sporadically from 1958. He is known for television roles on Matlock, and Seinfeld, and particularly as Doctor Hayward on Twin Peaks, a series co-created by his son Mark Frost. He has also appeared in TV movies, such as Psycho IV: The Beginning (1990) and The Stand (1994).

Warren Frost
Born(1925-06-05)June 5, 1925
DiedFebruary 17, 2017(2017-02-17) (aged 91)
Middlebury, Vermont, United States
OccupationStage, television, film actor
Virginia Calhoun
(m. 1949; his death 2017)
ChildrenMark, Lindsay, Scott

Early life, military service and educationEdit

Frost was born in 1925 in Newburyport, Massachusetts, and was raised in the Bronx and Essex Junction, Vermont.

At the age of 17, he enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II, and served aboard the destroyer escort USS Borum (DE-790) in Europe during the Normandy landings.[1]

At the age of 21, he enrolled as an English major at Middlebury College in Vermont under the G.I. Bill.[2]

Acting careerEdit

Frost spent much of his career in the Twin Cities, teaching at the University of Minnesota and serving as artistic director of the Chimera Theater in St. Paul.[3] He had a small yet memorable role in the film adaptation of Slaughterhouse Five (1972), which was shot in the Minneapolis area.

Frost's Hollywood work in shows such as Twin Peaks and Matlock was essentially his second career, following his retirement from teaching and stage direction. He was aged 60 when his son Mark, co-creator of Twin Peaks with David Lynch, cast him in the role of Dr. Will Hayward. Frost appeared in thirty episodes of the series, and reprised the role in the feature film Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me although his scenes were cut. His appearance in Twin Peaks led to a recurring role in the legal drama Matlock.[4]

In the Matlock TV series he played Billy Lewis.

In the Seinfeld TV series he played Henry Ross, father of Susan Ross, George Costanza's fiancée.[4] His onscreen wife in Seinfeld was played by his Twin Peaks co-star Grace Zabriskie.

Frost returned to play Doc Hayward in the revived series of Twin Peaks, which began airing in May 2017.[5]

Personal life and deathEdit

Frost married Mary Virginia Calhoun in 1949[6] and was the father of novelist, television screenwriter and producer Mark Frost, actress Lindsay Frost and writer Scott Frost. He was the grandfather of baseball player Lucas Giolito and actor Casey Giolito.[7] He also has a grandson from his oldest son Mark.

Frost died at his home in Middlebury, Vermont, on February 17, 2017, following a long illness at the age of 91.[8] He was cremated.


  1. ^ "Warren Frost, 'Twin Peaks' Actor, Dies at 91". The Wrap. February 17, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  2. ^ "Warren Frost, Who Played Doc Hayward on 'Twin Peaks,' Dies at 91". The Hollywood Reporter. February 17, 2017. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  3. ^ Sparber, Max (May 6, 2011). "Twin Peaks and the Twin Cities: The forgotten local connection to the classic TV show". MinnPost. Retrieved February 18, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Hallenbeck, Brent (July 26, 2014). "Middlebury actor recalls stint on 'Seinfeld'". Burlington Free Press. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  5. ^ "'Twin Peaks': Ashley Judd Joins Reboot". Deadline. February 12, 2016. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Lentz, Harris III (April 2017). "Warren Frost, 91". Classic Images (502): 51.
  7. ^ Amanda Comak, "Lucas Giolito’s talent too tantalizing for Nationals to pass on", The Washington Post, June 5, 2012.
  8. ^ Littleton, Cynthia. "Warren Frost, Character Actor Known for 'Twin Peaks' and 'Seinfeld,' Dies at 91". Variety. Retrieved February 18, 2017.

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