Actor Michael Parks Dies At Age 77

The well-known actor Michael Parks died at the age of 77. Michael Parks found fame as an actor in the early ‘60s in a counter-cultural role. Later in his long life, he became a favorite actor to directors such as Kevin Smith and Quentin Tarantino. As of now, there is no known cause of death. He died in Los Angeles on Tuesday, May 9th.

Micheal’s Acting Career

Michael Park’s acting career spread over six decades, starring in over 100 TV shows and films in his lifetime. Some of his first in the early 1960s were “The Happening” along side Anthony Quinn. As well as “Bus Riley’s Back In Town” starring with Ann-Margret, and starring in “Wild Seed.”

He also played a disillusioned biker newsman in the late 1960s in a series by “Then Came Bronson.” During that series, he was part of making albums singing throughout his whole career. One of the songs he recorded was very popular and also became the theme song to “The Came Bronson” which is “Long Lonesome Highway.”

In the 90s he played a drug runner from Canada as Jean Renault on David Lynch’s film “Twin Peaks.” Thanks to the famous directors Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez, his fame only grew in the 1990s. Each of the independent filmmakers always put Michael Parks in their films playing major roles. Michael Parks was part of the cast throughout the “Kill Bill” movie series, as well as “Grindhouse” and “Death Proof” from the director Quentin Tarantino.

Kevin Smith gave Parks the biggest roles, including his 2014 film “Tusk,” matching him with Johnny Depp. And in 2011 he was starring in “Red State,” as a minister. Wednesday, Smith said he was his “realistic dream.”

At just 16 years old, Parks had a brief marriage with Louise Johnson, and they have a daughter together. He leaves behind his daughter, son, and wife Oriana Parks.