Michael Parks , one of the great character actors of our time, has passed away at the age of In a career spanning more than 55 years and over credits, he was a prolific performer in both film and television who attracted notice due to his obvious talents as well as his iconoclastic attitude towards the industry at large. In his later years, he benefitted from a career resurgence as fans of his work such as Quentin Tarantino , Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith paid tribute to him by giving him showy roles in their own films that exposed his talents to a new generation of moviegoers. Born Harry Samuel Parks on April 24, in Corona, California, Parks, the son of a baseball player, had already worked as a fruit picker, truck driver, ditch digger, forest ranger and casket upholsterer before giving acting a try. None of these films were particularly big hits but Parks caught the attention of viewers and it seemed as if achieving true stardom was only a matter of time. His career stalled for the next couple of years, outside of appearances in the occasional TV movie. Parks played a disillusioned newspaper reporter who left his job and essentially dropped out of society in order to roam the country or at least California on his Harley-Davidson, each week meeting a different group of people and helping them out with their problems. Unfortunately, Parks was hoping to have a larger degree of creative input in the series than was generally afforded to television actors of the time and when he was stymied in this regard, he did not hesitate to air his complaints to the press.
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Brando-esque leading man Michael Parks was one of five children of an itinerant laborer. Like the rest of his family, Parks drifted from job to job in his early teens, briefly marrying at When he wasn't nickel-and-diming it as a migrant worker, Parks acted with amateur theater groups up and down the California coast.
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He appeared in almost 50 films and has made frequent TV appearances, but was probably best known for his work in recent years with Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez. Michael was one of five children of an itinerant laborer. Like the rest of his family, Parks drifted from job to job in his early teens, briefly marrying at When he wasn't nickel-and-diming it as a migrant worker, Parks acted with amateur theater groups up and down the California coast. He made his film debut as the star of the arty road movie "The Wild Seed" , and the following year played Adam in John Huston's abysmal "The Bible" Parks first gained recognition as the star of the television series "Then Came Bronson" He also sang the theme song for the show, "Long Lonesome Highway," which became a Top 40 hit in He played Philip Colby during the second season of " Dynasty " spin-off series " The Colbys ".
Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk , starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long , and as a feeble rube opposite Johnny Depp. In Kill Bill: Vol. Parks has played in more than films and TV shows over a year career. From he starred in the series Then Came Bronson , in which he was the only recurring character. He also had various records of songs included on these albums. After playing Earl McGraw in the "Kill Bill" film series he reprised the role in both segments of the film Grindhouse