Viewers of The Blacklist were left perplexed when the nineteenth episode of the show ended with a heartfelt title card paying tribute to Kurt Perez. On May 6, the crime drama returned to NBC with a new season nine episode called "The Bear Mask." This episode mainly focused on a fresh challenge that Aram (played by Amir Arison) was presented with, but the most talked-about element was the solemn dedication at the end. Sources online stated that Perez was driving on the Taconic State Parkway in March 2022 when he lost control of his 2018 Ford Explorer and crashed into a tree. State police arrived at the site close to 12:30 a.m. and found the 50-year-old dead. Troopers speculated that the accident was caused by wet road conditions.
#1. Everything about Kurt Perez
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The 19th episode of The Blacklist Season 9 paid tribute to a late member of the show’s crew. Viewers were initially confused when the episode ended with an emotional title card dedicated to a man named Kurt Perez.
A fan tweeted and asked, “Can someone please remind me who Kurt Perez was? (character-wise)”. An individual replied and said that Perez might be a part of the production crew.
Kurt had gotten a sweet nod from the show's crew in a behind-the-scenes clip just hours before the episode aired. Makeup artist Dena Olivieri shared the video on Instagram of the cast and crew celebrating the end of the ninth season. It is unknown what Perez's role was on the production crew, and little information about him is available.
The Blacklist has honored the late members of the cast and crew of the series on more than one occasion. The sixth episode of Season 8, aired in February 2021, paid tribute to actor Clark Middleton, who played eccentric DMV employee Glen Carter in 13 episodes. Middleton passed away in October 2020 at 63 after battling West Nile Virus, The Wrap reported.
"Clark somehow knew how to make Glen Carter — an incredibly annoying and frustrating guy — incredibly lovable and fun to watch. He approached the part with a real humanity, which is why I think the character resonates so much for our audience," series creator Jon Bokenkamp told the outlet.
Brian Dennehy was also honored during a special episode in 2020. On April 15, 2020, the actor died at the age of 81. He recurred as Dominic Wilkinson, the father of Russian spy Katarina Rostove and the grandfather of Elizabeth Keen, Deadline reported. He appeared in nine episodes of The Blacklist before joining the show in Season 3. Two of those episodes were in Season 7 – his final season on the show. Only two episodes remain for season nine of The Blacklist before it concludes on May 20.
#2. The Blacklist has previously paid tribute to Clark Middleton and Brian Dennehy
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The Blacklist has previously paid tribute to a late member of the show’s cast and crew. Back in February 2021, the sixth episode of Season 8 paid tribute to actor Clark Middleton, who played the role of DMV employee Glen Carter in 13 episodes of the show. Middleton passed away on October 20 at the age of 63 after a battle with West Nile Virus. While speaking to a news outlet, series creator Jon Bokenkamp said that he and Clark had become good friends over the last few years and they used to grab dinner, meet after press events, hang out, and talk about movies.
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