For actor Windell Middlebrooks, whose career was cut short when he died Tuesday at age 36, his biggest TV gig was a series regular role on the three seasons of the ABC procedural crime drama Body Of Proof. Matthew Gross, who executive produced the Dana Delany-starring series, created by Chris Murphey, shared his memories of Middlebrooks, who played Deputy Chief Medical Examiner Curtis Brumfield on the show.

Yesterday we lost an incredible human being. Most people know him as the “Miller Delivery Guy,” but for those who had the privilege of truly knowing him, knew Windell Middlebrooks was an inspirational humanitarian, a family man, artist, dancer, entertainer and one of the funniest people on this planet.

Have you laughed until it hurt? That was Windell. He was kind, sweet and infectious; he lit up a room upon entering it and charmed and endeared everyone in it.

body-of-proofI remember when Chris and I were first casting Body of Proof, Windell was the first person cast because he owned the role the minute he walked through the door. No one else stood half a chance. We paired Windell with another comedian, Geoffrey Arend, and together they were a contemporary comedy duo who reminded of the comic genus of Abbott and Costello or Laurel and Hardy.

I will miss him, he was way too young and the world is not as cheerful without him in it. “Milk the Dairy Cow!”

For the uninitiated, “Milk the Dairy Cow” was a line Middlebrooks improvised in a scene with Arend from Season 1 of BOP, which became an unofficial catchphrase for his character. Here is the scene, in which Middlebrooks is busting some moves (also completely off-script):