Legendary actor Michael Parks, known for a long career during which he appeared in a number of acclaimed movies and TV shows passed away on Tuesday in Los Angeles aged 77, it has been confirmed by his agent. The cause of death has not been revealed.
Parks was particularly known for his works with directors Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.
Smith, announcing the actor’s death on social media on Wednesday, hailed the Californian as his “cinematic muse” and “the best actor I’ve ever known.”
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) May 10, 2017
“I wrote both #RedState and @tuskthemovie FOR Parks,” the director who first made a name for himself playing Silent Bob wrote in an Instagram post. “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.”
Parks also appeared in Tarantino’s Kill Bill and Django Unchained, Robert Rodriguez’s legendary From Dusk to Dawn from 1996, as well as Ben Affleck’s Academy Award-winning Argo.
A heartfelt farewell to the one and only Michael Parks. A very kind man and a true legend. pic.twitter.com/OsKTfZFiS2
— Robert Rodriguez (@Rodriguez) May 10, 2017
“He was like James Dean,” Affleck told USA TODAY in 2012. “He’s sexy and amazing and a really good actor. I saw him in Kevin Smith’s Red State as this crazy preacher.”
Parks’ CV includes more than 100 films and television shows during a 50-year career. He began as a supporting actor in the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys in the early 1960s. From 1969 to 1970 he starred as the biker hero in Then Came Bronson, even singing the show’s theme tune Long Lonesome Highway, which became a country hit.
Among television fans, he is also famous for his roles in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks in the 1990s and the Dynasty spinoff The Colbys.
According to Parks’ IMDb page, we will be indulged with at least two more of his big screen performances, as two of his recent films are currently in post-production.
Born in Corona, California on the 24th of April, 1940, the actor used to work numerous menial jobs during his teenage years, including picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks and fighting forest fires. He was briefly married at aged 16 and was a single father to actor James Parks. He was friends with luminaries such as Jean Renoir, Johnny Cash and Lenny Bruce, at whose funeral Michael was a pallbearer.
Rest in peace, Michael Parks.