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Old 05-10-17, 10:15 AM
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Michael Parks - RIP

I saw Kevin Smith announced he passed away. I'm on my phone so I can't get the link at the moment.

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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Old 05-10-17, 11:23 AM
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I remember him from the tv show Then Came Bronson.

The man sure kept busy.
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I discovered him as Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn.
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Old 05-10-17, 12:39 PM
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He had a memorable turn as a hyper Robert F. Kennedy in THE PRIVATE FILES OF J. EDGAR HOOVER.

Sometimes he can be spotted in old TV shows. I recently watched an episode of "Gunsmoke" about three outlaw brothers and he was the youngest of them. His two older brothers? George Kennedy and Harry Dean Stanton!

And, of course, his other turns as Earl McGraw: KILL BILL VOLS. 1 & 2, PLANET TERROR and DEATHPROOF, among others.

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RIP

I remember fist seeing him in the western The Last Hard Men with Charlton Heston & James Coburn.
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Old 05-10-17, 06:16 PM
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RIP. I'm working my way through Twin Peaks Season 2 right now.
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Where's Bill.......
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Old 05-10-17, 07:20 PM
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R.i.p.

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Old 05-10-17, 07:56 PM
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I only knew him mostly from Tarantino, but he was always so great. Kill Bill, he was so great in that small role...
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Old 05-10-17, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Why So Blu? View Post
I discovered him as Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn.
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And, of course, his other turns as Earl McGraw: KILL BILL VOLS. 1 & 2, PLANET TERROR and DEATHPROOF, among others.
Hmm, I ever realized he played the same character in that string of Tarantino/Robert Rodriguez flicks. That's cool!
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Old 05-10-17, 09:48 PM
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I remember him from a couple of movies.

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Old 05-11-17, 01:51 PM
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I only know him from more recent films as well but I still think he's a great actor - sad news.
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Old 05-11-17, 03:28 PM
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I know him post Kill Bill. He really knew how to dig into a character to keep my attention.

Even in an ... eehhh ... "challenging" movie like Tusk, whatever he did on screen was a joy to watch.
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Rest in Peace
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Old 05-12-17, 11:52 AM
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I only knew him mostly from Tarantino, but he was always so great. Kill Bill, he was so great in that small role...
You mean the two small roles he had in Kill Bill.
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Thank you Jay!
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