‘Twin Peaks, ‘Kill Bill’ Actor Michael Parks Has Passed Away
Known as drug-runner Jean Renault on ’90s hit Twin Peaks, Kill Bill’s Earl McGraw, and Argo’s Jack Kirby, Parks has been a familiar face in film for decades. He also acted in Django Unchained, Red State, Planet Tower, and Deathproof.
Parks was a favorite of directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Smith, who shared news of the actor’s passing on Wednesday morning.
“I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away,” Smith wrote via Instagram. “Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I’ve ever known.”
Here is Smith’s message in full:
“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”
Parks is survived by his wife of 20 years, Oriana Parks, and his son James Parks.
Our thoughts are with the Parks family.
RIP Michael Parks.