Kill Bill leikari látinn

Kvikmyndaleikarinn Michael Parks er látinn, 77 ára að aldri. Leikarinn átti að baki langan og farsælan feril í kvikmyndum og sjónvarpi, en er líklega best þekktur fyrir leik sinn í myndum Kevin Smith; Red State og Tusk.

Parks fæddist árið 1940 í Corona í Kaliforníu í Bandaríkjunum, þar sem hann vann verkamannastörf framan af, þar til hann fékk fyrsta tækifærið sem leikari í gamanþáttaröðinni The Real McCoys árið 1961. Þá lék hann í sjónvarpsþáttunum Then Came Bronson á árunum 1969-1970.

Eftir það lék hann stórt hlutverk í upprunalegu Twin Peaks sjónvarpsþáttunum, og kom við sögu í nokkrum myndum Quentin Tarantino, eins og til dæmis báðum Kill Bill myndunum, Grindhouse og From Dusk Till Dawn.

Þá lék hann hlutverk Jack Kirby í Óskarsverðlaunamyndinni Argo eftir Ben Affleck

Parks lætur eftir sig eiginkonuna Oriana og soninn James Parks, sem er einnig leikari.

Kevin Smith minnist leikarans með hlýju:

“Mér þykir leitt að tilkynna að Michael Parks er látinn. Michael var, og mun líklega alltaf verða, besti leikari sem ég hef þekkt … hann var, algjörlega, merkilegasti leikhúsmaður sem ég hef haft þá ánægju af að horfa á.”

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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