Scott Atkinson was an American actor and screenwriter who appeared in many television shows and movies, such as Desperate Housewives, Frasier, Windtalkers, and Duck Duck Goose. He was known for his comedic timing, charming personality, and diverse roles. He passed away on February 26, 2021, at the age of 54, leaving behind his partner, family, friends, and fans. What was the cause of his death and how did he live his life? Here is a brief overview of his career and legacy.
Early Life and Career
Scott Atkinson was born on July 23, 1966, in Pennsylvania, USA. He started acting in the early 1990s, appearing in various sitcoms and dramas, such as George & Leo, Cupid, The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer, JAG, and The Pretender. He also had guest roles on popular shows like Caroline in the City, Mad About You, and The King of Queens. According to IMDb, he was also a writer, having co-written the animated comedy Duck Duck Goose in 2018.
Memorable Roles and Performances
One of his most memorable roles was playing Daphne’s ex-fiancé, Clive, on Frasier, in the episode “The Two Mrs. Cranes”, which was the premiere episode of Season 4. The episode is considered one of the best and funniest episodes of the show, as it involves a series of hilarious lies and misunderstandings. Scott Atkinson played Clive with a convincing British accent, which caused some controversy among fans and critics, who questioned his authenticity. However, the writer of the episode, Joe Keenan, defended his choice, saying that Scott Atkinson was the funniest and sexiest actor among the auditionees, and that his accent was good enough for American ears. Keenan also praised his chemistry with the other actors and his ability to deliver the jokes.
Another notable role was playing Bob Hicks, Paul’s sponsor, on Dexter, in Season 1. He portrayed a recovering drug addict who tried to help Paul, Rita’s abusive ex-husband, to stay sober and reconnect with his family. However, he also had a dark side, as he was secretly working for the Ice Truck Killer, who was Dexter’s brother. He was killed by the Ice Truck Killer in the episode “Father Knows Best”.
Scott Atkinson also had recurring roles and multi-episode arcs on several shows, such as The Jamie Foxx Show, Commander in Chief, Providence, NYPD Blue, and Lincoln Heights. He played a variety of characters, from reporters and detectives to producers and cake makers. He also appeared in some movies, such as Windtalkers, where he played a staff sergeant, and Elvira’s Haunted Hills, where he played a servant.
Cause of Death and Tributes
Scott Atkinson died in Palm Springs, California, on February 26, 2021. The cause of his death was not disclosed, but according to Stars Unfold, he died due to toxicity from taking drugs together. His death was first reported by his friend and former co-star, Cassandra Peterson, who is better known as Elvira. She posted a tribute on Facebook, saying that he was “survived by the great love of his life Tegan West, his mother Pearl, his sister Kelly, and his dog Sergeant”. She also described him as “one of the funniest, sweetest, most talented guys I ever had the pleasure of working with”.
Many fans and colleagues also expressed their condolences and shared their memories of him on social media. Some of them praised his performances on Frasier, Dexter, and other shows, while others recalled his kindness, generosity, and humor. He was remembered as a versatile and talented actor who brought joy and laughter to many people.
Scott Atkinson was a talented actor and screenwriter who had a long and diverse career in television and film. He was also a beloved friend, partner, son, brother, and dog owner. He will be missed by many who knew him and enjoyed his work. May he rest in peace.