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R.I.P. Genre legend Michael Parks has died at age 77

05.10.2017by: Mike Sprague

Genre legend Michael Parks has died aged 77.

Quentin Tarantino has been noted as saying Michael Parks was "the world's greatest living actor", but we really don't need Mr. Brown to tell us that. From his roles in FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, KILL BILL, GRINDHOUSE, RED STATE, TUSK, and an endless list of other flicks, we all know that Parks was truly on of the greats.

Kevin Smith broke the news over Instagram. You can check out his post and his loving thoughts at the bottom of this article. 

Yes, this is a sad day, but let's all gather round and remember some of his best roles. My favorite just may be his Spanish pimp from KILL BILL VOL. 2. That angry cat-call he does to the one whore, and the following kiss-kiss thing is one of the funniest things I have ever seen. Many a girlfriend of mine has grown VERY tired of that over the years.

What was YOUR favorite Michael Parks role? 

I know that's a hard as hell question to answer, but all the same, once you think of it, let us know on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram what you've come up with.

Until then I have gathered a few choice shots from (some) of Michael Parks greatest roles. Scroll through them and then let's all have a Michael Paks marathon tonight!

RIP MICHAEL PARKS

 

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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Young Michael Parks could f*ck your girlfriend.

Extra Tidbit: What was your favorite Michael Parks role?
Source: Instagram

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11:46AM on 05/11/2017
May you rest in peace, Mr. Parks. I like him best in Ffolkes. He was Anthony Perkins' right hand man. It was a supporting role but he shone through it.
May you rest in peace, Mr. Parks. I like him best in Ffolkes. He was Anthony Perkins' right hand man. It was a supporting role but he shone through it.
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8:37AM on 05/11/2017

Loved him

He was always great in a role, chewing the scenery or stealing a scene. I will always remember him. He was great in Death Wish V, creating a good villain. He was endlessly watchable.
He was always great in a role, chewing the scenery or stealing a scene. I will always remember him. He was great in Death Wish V, creating a good villain. He was endlessly watchable.
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7:41PM on 05/10/2017

Gonna miss this guy

His performances were always A+, such dedication to his craft and an honest to Gord damn pleasure to watch. I hope he had a great life and felt the love we all shared for his performances.
His performances were always A+, such dedication to his craft and an honest to Gord damn pleasure to watch. I hope he had a great life and felt the love we all shared for his performances.
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2:19PM on 05/10/2017

So Sad

So very sad to hear this. He stole every scene he was in, and was always a great presence on the screen.
My favorite scene of his would have to be the scene with him and Johnny Depp in Tusk. That was amazing, and I had the biggest grin on my face when I saw it. Hilarious! But, the scene that first got me to notice him was his From Dusk Till Dawn role. Him opening the film so perfectly, and with such humor and perfect acting, set the tone for the film and you immediately knew you were watching
So very sad to hear this. He stole every scene he was in, and was always a great presence on the screen.
My favorite scene of his would have to be the scene with him and Johnny Depp in Tusk. That was amazing, and I had the biggest grin on my face when I saw it. Hilarious! But, the scene that first got me to notice him was his From Dusk Till Dawn role. Him opening the film so perfectly, and with such humor and perfect acting, set the tone for the film and you immediately knew you were watching something great. He will be missed.
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