Sunday, May 14, 2017


Edited from Variety:

Michael Parks, a character actor with over 100 film and television credits, has died. He was 77.

Parks’ agent announced that the actor died on Tuesday.

Parks was born in Corona, Calif., where his early jobs included picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks, and fighting forest fires. His film career began in 1961, when he played the nephew of the character George Mac Michael on the ABC sitcom “The Real McCoys.”

His other early roles include the NBC series “Sam Benedict,” and the medical drama “The Eleventh Hour.”

Decades earlier, starting in 1969, he played the lead role in the NBC adventure drama “Then Came Bronson.” Parks recorded the theme for the show, “Long Lonesome Highway,” which cracked multiple Billboard charts. He recorded several albums with MGM including “Closing The Gap” (1969), “Long Lonesome Highway” (1970), and “Blue” (1970).

And in the original cult series of 'Twin Peaks', he played Jean Renault.  I don't think he will be involved with the revival.  

Parks was a regular on the 'Dynasty' spin-off 'The Colbys' and was a guest star in such shows as 'McCloud', 'The Equalizer', 'Ellery Queen', 'Ironside', 'The Untouchables', and in the 'Perry Mason' episode which starred Bette Davis as Mason's replacement.

Good night and may God bless.....

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