Character actor Michael Parks has died at 77, according to PEOPLE. Parks began his decades-long career in the ’60s, starring in TV shows like “Perry Mason” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” He would later appear in shows and movies like “Then Came Bronson” and “Twin Peaks.”
In recent years, Parks has been known for his collaborations with directors Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith and Robert Rodriguez. His role as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw is his most known role, appearing in several Tarantino-related productions including “Kill Bill Vol. 1” (where he also played former gangster Esteban Vihaio in “Kill Bill Vol.2”), “Grindhouse” and “From Dusk Till Dawn.”
Smith, who directed Parks in the film “Tusk,” took to Instagram to write a eulogy for the actor, calling Parks “the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform.”
I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. 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. 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. From the moment I saw him steal the opening scene of #fromdusktildawn at an advance screening at the Sunset 5 back in the mid-90's, I said to @samosier "Could you imagine what it must be like to work with a Yoda of acting like that guy? I gotta write for him one day." It took me 15 years but my dream came true on Red State (for which Parks won Best Actor at the @sitgesfestival) and then again years later with #tusk. Only Michael Parks could have delivered the line "Is man indeed a walrus at heart?" and make it scary as fuck. My favorite memory of Michael is watching him and #johnnydepp act with and at each other, like a couple of dueling 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 fucking blessed to have worked with this bonafide genius. But really, I was just lucky to have known him at all. 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… #KevinSmith #actor #genius #rip #walrusyes
Parks is survived by his wife Oriana and son James.