‘Kill Bill’ actor Michael Parks dead at 77

PUBLISHED Wed, May 10, 2017 - 12:22pm EDT
Photo: Michael Parks (Credit: Official website)

Actor and singer Michael Parks, a prolific television actor who is probably best remembered for his role in "Kill Bill," has died, a colleague says. He was 77 years old. (more)

"I hate to report that my cinematic muse Michael Parks has passed away," director Kevin Smith said. "Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known. I wrote both Red State and Tusk FOR Parks. I loved his acting so much."

There was no immediate word on Parks' place, time and cause of death. He is survived by his wife Oriana and son James, who is also an actor.

Parks made numerous appearances on television over the years, but in recent years he was best known for his work with Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith. He notably appeared in "Kill Bill: Volume 1" in 2003 and "Kill Bill: Volume 2" in 2004.

Born on April 24, 1940, Parks was originally from Corona in California. He went from job to job in his early years but appeared in an episode of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" in 1958. He secured additional appearances in other TV series over the next few years.

"My favorite memory of Michael is watching him and Johnny Depp act with and at each other, like a couple of dueling wizards, in their shared scene in Tusk," Smith said in Wednesday's post. "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."

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