Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks; April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He appeared in many films and made frequent television appearances, notably starring in the 1969–70 series Then Came Bronson, but was probably best known for his work in his later years with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Parks
Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks; April 24, 1940 – May 9, 2017) was an American singer and actor. He appeared in many films and made frequent television appearances, notably starring in the 1969–70 series Then Came Bronson, but was probably best known for his work in his later years with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, David Lynch, Robert Rodriguez and Kevin Smith.
Michael Parks, Actor: Tusk. Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite Johnny Depp.
Michael Parks is known as an actor's actor by his peers with a breadth of astonishing range that has allowed him to portray stunning contrasts--sometimes in the same film, like in Tusk (2014), starring in dual roles as an erudite serial killer opposite Justin Long, and as a feeble rube opposite Johnny Depp.
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"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," Smith wrote. "He was, hands-down ...
Aug 25, 2020 · Michael Parks told police he hadn't heard from his wife since she left home after a fight Aug. 18.
- Complicated Personal Life
- Straddling Two Mediums
- Later Years Were Fruitful
- Long & Illustrious Career
Michael Parks was born on April 24, 1940 in Corona, California. He drifted from job to job as a teenager, looking for direction in his life. He would pick fruit, dig ditches, drive trucks, and fight forest fires. Parks was married for two years when he was 16 years old. Michael Parks’ first wife was Louise M. Johnson, and the couple had one child together. A few years after their divorce, Parks married actress Jan Moriarty. They were married for just three months when Moriarty died of an over...
Parks began his acting career in 1961 on the ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys. He appeared in other TV shows like Parry Mason, Sam Benedict, and The Eleventh Hour. Soon he was acting in films as well, including The Happening and Stranger by Night. Parks continued to act in both TV and films right through the 1970s and 1980s, being known as a very good and dependable actor.
Michael Parks really came into his own when he teamed up with avant-garde directors like Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith. He played major roles in films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Kill Bill: Volume 1, Kill Bill: Volume 2, Grindhouse, Argo, Django Unchained, and We Are What We Are. Parks also acted in acclaimed TV series like The Equalizer, Twin Peaks, and Walker, Texas Ranger. He was recently cast in the upcoming film, Hostiles at the time of his death, with three more mov...
Parks was multi-talented and could sing well, too. He sang “Long Lonesome Highway,” the theme song for Then Came Bronson, and it became a Billboard Top 100 hit. He recorded several albums like Closing the Gap, Blue, Lost & Found, You Don’t Know Me, Coolin’ Soup, and The Red State Sessions. There is no information about Michael Parks’ net worth, but considering his long and successful career, it must have been substantial. With Parks’ death, Hollywood has lost one of its most experienced and d...
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In 1970 Michael Parks was one of the most popular and idolised faces on American television. After years of appearing in minor roles, he finally hit the big time as the motorcycle riding protagonist of the hit TV series Bronson, which was seen by millions of viewers on a weekly basis. His appeal was widespread and his chiselled good looks made him a symbol of both masculinity and femininity, appealing to both male and female viewers.
However, for Parks, the immense popularity he gained during this time would disappear just as quickly as it came. After making some less than complementary comments about the Hollywood system and making moral judgements regarding the content of Bronson, he was quietly blacklisted by the major film studios and TV networks, hindering his career for several decades. Hollywoods blacklist didnt stop Parks from being creative outside of the acting world though. He continued the singing career he began before Bronson, and produced several gold selling country and western albums. He also attempted to join Americas long-distance-running squad to compete for the 1976 Olympic Games in Canada, but to no avail.
Hollywoods blacklisting of actors was no new occurrence; with the most infamous case being the Hollywood ten incident of the 1950s in which ten filmmaking personnel were persecuted by the United States congress for refusing to clarify their stance on communist ideology. However, a less publicised blacklisting happened to Park in the early 70s, and it would hinder his career for decades to follow.
The Hollywood system was not new to having their actors accept their place as performers, being little more than mouthpieces for the studio, just looking good for the cameras and generally shying away from views that might go again against the views of middle America. But Parks is a man of an outspoken nature, and made no secret of his contempt for Bronsons producers deciding to make the character more aggressive, and to raise the levels of violence on the show. At this time, American homes were receiving nightly footage of the ongoing bloody and nationally divisive Vietnam War, and studios felt they needed more aggressive protagonists on television to reflect support for the increasingly unpopular war effort.
Once he made his view felt, both publically and privately, the wrath of Hollywood executives was, according to parks, quiet yet vitriolic. The actor quickly went from being one of the most sought after actors in the industry to not finding acting work for four years after Bronsons abrupt cancellation. Parks claimed: If you dont play the game, you dont work. During the 70s and 80s, he could only muster sporadic appearances in independent films.
Parks acknowledged how the only avenue for finding acting work during this time was with directors who worked outside the Hollywood sphere of influence. These were filmmakers that admired Parks work and intentionally sought him out, like Earl Bellamy, who cast him in the low-key movie Sidewinder One in 1977.
The New Hollywood movement of the 70s that offered alternative views to the excessive cold war morals that were synonymous with previous filmmaking gave rise to new outspoken filmmaking personnel whose views did not conform to the views of the past, such as Martin Scorsese and actor Jack Nicholson. Parks might have found a home in this filmmaking style, but his reputation was damaged too early to have been established with this movement.
However, there is some concern regarding the veracity of the version of events that Parks tells. In a 1977 interview he made remarks that reveal a different side to the blacklisted performer views, admitting he could be a challenging performer when making movies: sure I had a reputation for being difficult on the set  I have my own ideas of how a role should be played. Comments like this suggest there might have been a deeper reasoning behind the blacklist, as his tendency to question authority could be at least part of the dismissal he received.
Parks finding work through directors that feel a personal admiration for him has been a great help to his returning to prominence. He slowly broke back into the mainstream with supporting roles, including a memorable role in David Lynchs cult TV series Twin Peaks, and has since been repeatedly cast in the work of Quentin Tarantino, who calls him the the worlds greatest living actor.
Parks could have been one of the biggest names in movie and television. He had the charm, talent and charisma to be a superstar, but he will forever be known and remembered as a cult figure instead. Now aged 73, he occasionally mentions his past. In a podcast to promote the 2011 movie Red State by Kevin Smith (another director who admires him), he didnt express any regret or even show resentment for how his career has turned out. Even at the height of his blacklisting, Parks simply remarked, Im just paying the price for living by my own values.
May 19, 2017 · Michael Parks, who has died aged 77, was a softly spoken character actor who enjoyed a prolific and chequered film and television career, largely in the exploitation genre.
Michael Parks (3) Sally (Was A Gentle Woman) / Save A Little, Spend A Little (Give A Little Away) (Single) 4 versions MGM Records