Rest In Peace, Michael Parks: (1940-2017)

MICHAEL PARKS
April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017 (age 77)
Cause of Death: Unknown

Throughout his career, Michael Parks formed relationships with directors that would continue to bring him back throughout their films. Robert Rodriguez had him in From Dusk Til Dawn, Quentin Tarantino had him in Kill Bill Volumes 1 & 2, the Grindhouse films (Planet Terror & Death Proof) and Django Unchained, and Kevin Smith cast him as a villain in two of his films, Red State and Tusk. What I knew Parks most was from that latest film Tusk, just because he was on my radar in that particular film, but he also played a role in one of my favorite films, Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford. He even had a run in the original television series of Twin Peaks.


MICHAEL PARKS’ FILMOGRAPHY


1965 Wild Seed Fargo
1965 Bus Riley’s Back in Town Bus Riley
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning… Adam
1966 The Idol Marco
1967 The Happening Sureshot
1967 Stranger on the Run Vincent McKay
1973 Between Friends Tony
1976 The Last Hard Men Noel Nye
1976 The Savage Bees Dr. Jeff DuRand
1977 Murder at the World Series Larry Marshall
1977 Escape from Bogen County Jack Kern
1977 Sidewinder 1 J.W. Wyatt
1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Robert F. Kennedy
1978 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Duke
1978 Rainbow Roger Edens
1979 The Evictors Ben Watkins
1979 Breakthrough Sgt. Anderson
1979 North Sea Hijack Harold Shulman
1981 Hard Country Royce
1982 Savannah Smiles Lt. Savage
1986 The Return of Josey Wales Josey Wales (also Director)
1988 Arizona Heat Larry Kapinski
1989 Nightmare Beach Doc Willet
1989 Caged Fury Mr. Collins
1990 The China Lake Murders Officer Donnelly
1991 The Hitman Det. Ronny “Del” Delany
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Tommy O’Shea
1996 From Dusk till Dawn Earl McGraw
1997 Niagara, Niagara Walter
1997 Deceiver Dr. Banyard
1998 Wicked Det. Boland
1999 Bullfighter Cordobes
2000 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman’s Daughter Ambrose Bierce
2003 Kill Bill: Volume 1 Earl McGraw
2004 Kill Bill: Volume 2 Esteban Vihaio
2006 The Listening James Wagley
2007 Grindhouse Earl McGraw
2007 El Muerto Sheriff Stone
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Henry Craig
2008 Noble Things Pete Collins
2010 Smokin’ Aces 2: Assassins’ Ball Fritz Tremor
2011 Red State Pastor Abin Cooper
2012 Argo Jack Kirby
2012 Django Unchained LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
2013 We Are What We Are Doc Barrow
2014 Tusk Howard Howe
2016 Sex Me Up n/a
2016 Blood Father Preacher
2016 Greater Leo
2017 Hostiles n/a

MICHAEL PARKS’ TELEVISION APPEARANCES


1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Skip Baxter Episode: “The Cadaver”
1960 Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater Juanito Episode: “Ranson”
1961 Dick Powell’s Zane Grey Theater The Younger Prisoner Episode: “The Scar”
1961 The Law and Mr. Jones Mike Enslow Episode: “One by One”
1961 The Asphalt Jungle Ty Episode: “The Sniper”
1961 Straightaway n/a Episode: “Pledge a Nightmare”
1961 The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor Johnny Blaine, Eddy Washburn, and Jimmy 3 Episodes: “Beyond a Reasonable Doubt,” “Personal Enemy,” and “The Frightened Ones”
1962 Gunsmoke Park Episode: “The Boys”
1962 Target: The Corruptors! Rocky Kustak Episode: “Nobody Gets Hurt”
1962 Stoney Burke Tack Reynolds Episode: “The Mob Riders”
1962 The Real McCoys Tom Episode: “George’s Nephew”
1962 Bus Stop n/a Episode: “The Opposite Virtues”
1962 Sam Benedict Larry Wilcox Episode: “Too Many Strangers”
1962 The Gallant Men Billy Ray Medford Episode: “A Place to Die”
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Dr. Daniel Dana Episode: “Diagnosis: Danger”
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth Cristos Episode: “The Hanging Man”
1963 Perry Mason Cal Leonard Episode: “The Case of the Constant Doyle”
1963 Arrest and Trial Gregory Wade Episode: “We May Be Better Strangers”
1963 77 Sunset Strip Eddie Marco Episode: “Crash Out!”
1963-1964 Channing Dante Donati 2 Episodes
1963-1964 Wagon Train Hamish Browne and Michael Malone 2 Episodes: “The Heather and Hamish Story” and “The Michael Malone Story”
1964 Route 66 Tank Episode: “Cries of Persons Close to One”
1965 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre Lieutenant Colonel Burt Engle Episode: “A Time for Killing”
1969–1970 Then Came Bronson Jim Bronson 26 Episodes
1973 Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law Ollie Gregson Episode: “Sometimes Tough Is Good”
1973 Medical Center Dr. Chris Wells Episode: “Fatal Memory”
1974 Ironside Professor Riley MacDane Episode: “A Death in Academe”
1976 Ellery Queen Terry Purvis Episode: “The Adventure of the Wary Witness”
1986–1988 The Equalizer n/a 2 Episodes
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Jean Renault 5 Episodes
1996-1999 Walker, Texas Ranger Major Caleb Hooks 2 Episodes

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