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Michael Parks, 'Kill Bill' and 'From Dusk Till Dawn' Actor, Dies at 77

by Jennifer Drysdale 11:15 AM PDT, May 10, 2017
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Rest in Peace, Michael Parks.

The veteran actor died at 77, director Kevin Smith confirmed on Instagram on Wednesday.

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Smith, who worked with Parks on films like Tusk and Red State, wrote a touching tribute to the actor on social media.

"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," Smith shared. "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."

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

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Parks was perhaps best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino films like Kill Bill, and Django Unchained, but broke into the industry in the early '60s with TV roles on Zane Grey Theater and The Untouchables. In the early '90s, Parks starred in Twin Peaks and Walker, Texas Ranger.

Parks is survived by his wife, Oriana, and his son, James, who starred as his on-screen son in From Dusk Till Dawn and Kill Bill.

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