Frank Silva

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Frank Silva
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Silva at the Twin Peaks Fan Festival in 1993
Frank A. Silva

(1950-10-31)October 31, 1950
DiedSeptember 13, 1995(1995-09-13) (aged 44)
OccupationActor, set dresser

Frank A. Silva (October 31, 1950 – September 13, 1995) was an American set dresser and sometime actor best known for his performance as the evil spirit Killer BOB in the TV series Twin Peaks.[1]

Silva had a degree in lighting design from San Francisco State University and worked as a prop master and set decorator on several films including David Lynch's Dune and Wild at Heart.[citation needed]

Silva worked on Lynch’s Twin Peaks. According to David Lynch on the 2007 Gold Edition DVD release of Twin Peaks, Lynch was upstairs in the Laura Palmer house, near Silva as he worked, and suddenly realized that Silva might have a place in the show. He asked Silva if he was an actor, and Silva said that he was. Later, Lynch accidentally caught him on camera when his reflection appeared in a mirror, and thus was born the character of Killer BOB, a dark spirit who haunts Laura. Silva appeared occasionally as BOB for the remainder of the Twin Peaks series and in the 1992 movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me. His first major appearance was in the International Version of the Twin Peaks pilot, which contained a standalone ending that resolved the mystery of the series and incorporated the accidental footage.

Silva appears in the Anthrax video "Only".[2]

Frank Silva died of complications from AIDS[citation needed] on September 13, 1995, aged 44. The second episode of the revived Twin Peaks was dedicated to Silva.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Frank Silva". IMDB.
  2. ^ Marshall, Clay (May 23, 2017). "The Deep Connection Between 'Twin Peaks' and Heavy Metal". Vice. Retrieved May 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Saunders, Tristram Fane (May 29, 2017). "Twin Peaks, season 3, parts 1 & 2 big questions: has Cooper flown the coop?". The Telegraph. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
  4. ^ Stephens, Emily L. (May 22, 2017). "In its nightmarish two-part return, Twin Peaks is pure Lynchian horror". A.V. Club. Retrieved July 5, 2017.

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