You might not know the name Windell Middlebrooks, mainly because it sounds made up. But you’ve almost certainly seen the man behind the name, whether it was as cruise ship security guard Kirby from The Suite Life On Deck, as Curtis Brumfield on Body of Proof, in dozens of one- or two-shot TV appearances on shows ranging from Hannah Montana to It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, or the delivery guy from all those Miller High Life commercials. He was very much an “Oh, That Guy” kind of actor, and you were bound to find him in something you enjoyed.
Sadly, he’s no longer with us. On March 9, 2015, at the far-too-young age of 36, Middlebrooks suffered a fatal pulmonary embolism, or a blockage of the arteries in his lungs. His Suite Life co-stars grieved for him over Twitter, as did fans of his incredibly diverse work the world over.