, longtime Hollywood mainstay and beloved character actor and singer, has passed away at the age of 77. The news was announced by filmmaker Kevin Smith
, who took to his Instagram to share that “the best actor I’ve ever known” and his “cinematic muse,” had died. No cause of death was named.
Smith directed Parks in both his “Tusk
” and “Red State
,” having relished the longtime actor’s career since first seeing him in Robert Rodriguez
’s “From Dusk Till Dawn
.” Though Parks’ career stretched back to 1960, when he made his screen debut on TV’s “Zane Grey Theater
,” in recent years, the supporting standout had enjoyed a revival at the hands of both Quentin Tarantino
(who Smith deemed Parks’ “biggest fan”) and Smith, who continued to craft roles for the singular actor.
I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain,