Singer and actor Michael Parks has died at the age of 77. Writer/director/actor Kevin Smith broke the news on his social media accounts.
Michael Parks Cause of Death
Parks, 77, has passed away. The cause of his death is not yet known.
Smith took to Twitter and Instagram to break the news.
Parks began his professional career back in 1963 and appeared in a staggering number of films and television series. However, he is perhaps best known for his work in recent years with filmmakers such as Smith, Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.
Parks starred in the TV series Then Came Bronson from 1969 to 1970, even singing the show’s theme song (“Long Lonesome Highway”) which became a No. 20 Billboard Hot 100 track. He recorded three albums under MGM Records: Closing The Gap (1969), Long Lonesome Highway (1970) and Blue. Parks attracted a new generation of fan with his turn as the French-Canadian drug runner Jean Renault in the cult classic ABC Tv series Twin Peaks.
In 1996, Parks played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in Rodriguez’s From Dusk till Dawn, a role he’d reprise in Tarantino’s Kill Bill series. In recent years, Parks teamed with Smith for horror films Red State (2011) and Tusk (2014). He also appeared in Django Unchained (2012).
He is survived by his son James and his wife Oriana.