Michael Parks died at the age of 77

The ‘Twin Peaks’ and ‘Kill Bill’ star worked with filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.
Michael Parks, the veteran Hollywood character actor who appeared in Kill Bill, Django Unchained and Red State, has died. He was 77.

His passing on Wednesday was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by his agent, Jane Schulman of Vesta Talent Agency. The cause of death was not disclosed.

During his busy Hollywood career, Parks appeared in movies by auteur directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.
Best actor I’ve ever known’ says the filmmaker Kevin Smith by giving him a tribute on his Instagram page.

“Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known. I wrote both #RedState and @tuskthemovie FOR Parks, I loved his acting so much,” Smith wrote. “He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set.”

Smith, who cast Parks as a villain in horror films Red State and Tusk, said he had written the films ‘for Parks’.

‘I loved his acting so much. He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set.’

He called him a ‘Yoda of acting’, adding his favourite memory was of Parks and Johnny Depp working together ‘like a couple of duelling wizards in their shared scene in Tusk’.

‘Parks was in Heaven that day, sharing the screen with another brilliant actor and creating an unforgettable performance. He elevated any flick or TV show he was in and elevated every director he ever acted for.

‘I was so f****** blessed to have worked with this bonafide genius. But really, I was just lucky to have known him at all.’

He added: ‘My heart goes out to James (Michael’s son), Oriana (Michael’s wife), Quentin Tarantino (Michael’s biggest fan) and any movie or music lover who was ever dazzled by the talents of Michael Parks.

‘Farewell, old friend. I’ll see you farther along.’

His 50-year career saw him appear in more than 100 films and TV shows, beginning in 1961 in ABC sitcom The Real McCoys.

A close friend of Johnny Cash, Parks was also a singer and recorded the theme song for Long Lonesome Highway as well as three studio albums.

He was a great actor and also very nice hearted men. Rest in peace legend.

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