Michael Parks

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Michael Parks
Michael Parks Then Came Bronson 1969.JPG
Parks in Then Came Bronson (1969)
Born Harry Samuel Parks
(1938-04-04) April 4, 1938 (age 76)
Corona, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1963–present

Michael Parks (born Harry Samuel Parks; April 4, 1938)[1] is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in over 50 films and has made frequent television appearances, but is probably best known for his work in recent years with filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith.

Early life[edit]

Parks was born in Corona, California, the son of a truck driver father.[1] He drifted from job to job during his teenage years, including picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks, and fighting forest fires. He was married at the age of 15.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

In 1961, Parks portrayed the nephew of the character George MacMichael on the ABC sitcom The Real McCoys. He appeared as Cal Leonard in the 1963 Perry Mason episode "The Case of Constant Doyle", and gained recognition in the role of Adam in John Huston's The Bible: In the Beginning (1966). His other early roles included an appearance in two NBC series: the legal drama Sam Benedict, as Larry Wilcox in the 1962 episode "Too Many Strangers", and the medical drama The Eleventh Hour, as Mark Reynolds in the 1963 segment "Pressure Breakdown". He also appeared in The China Lake Murders and Stranger by Night, having portrayed a police officer in both.

Parks was the star of the series Then Came Bronson from 1969 to 1970. He sang the theme song for the show, "Long Lonesome Highway", which became a #20 Billboard Hot 100 and #41 Hot Country Songs hit.[2] Albums he recorded under MGM Records (the label of the studio which produced the series) include Closing The Gap (1969), Long Lonesome Highway (1970), and Blue. He also had various records of songs included on these albums. He played Philip Colby during the second season (1986–1987) of ABC's Dynasty spin-off series The Colbys. He appeared as Irish mob boss Tommy O'Shea in Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994), French-Canadian drug runner Jean Renault in the ABC television series Twin Peaks, Dr. Banyard in Deceiver (1997), Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and Ambrose Bierce in From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter (2000).

Parks played two roles in the Kill Bill film series, reprising the role of Earl McGraw in the first film and playing Esteban Vihaio in the second film. He most recently reprised the role of Earl McGraw in both segments of the film Grindhouse. His son, James Parks, played the son of Earl McGraw in Kill Bill, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Death Proof and Planet Terror. Parks played a villain in Kevin Smith's horror film Red State (2011). Smith later announced on his podcast that Parks had recorded an album during Red State '​s production, after Smith and producer Jon Gordon noticed his singing talent during filming. The album, titled The Red State Sessions, was released on August 15, 2011 as a download from the film's website.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1965 Wild Seed Fargo
1965 Bus Riley's Back in Town Bus Riley
1966 The Bible: In the Beginning Adam
1966 The Idol Marco
1967 The Happening Sureshot
1967 Stranger on the Run Vincent McKay
1973 Between Friends Tony
1976 The Last Hard Men Noel Nye
1977 Escape from Bogen County Jack Kern
1977 The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Robert F. Kennedy
1978 Love and the Midnight Auto Supply Duke
1978 Rainbow Roger Edens
1979 North Sea Hijack Harold Shulman
1981 Hard Country Royce
1982 Savannah Smiles Lt. Savage
1986 The Return of Josey Wales Josey Wales Director
1990 The China Lake Murders Officer Donnelly
1990 Caged Fury Mr. Collins Associate producer
1991 The Hitman Ronny "Del" Delany
1994 Death Wish V: The Face of Death Tommy O'Shea
1996 From Dusk Till Dawn Earl McGraw
1997 Niagara, Niagara Walter
1997 Deceiver Dr. Banyard
1998 Wicked Det. Boland
2000 From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Ambrose Bierce
2003 Kill Bill: Vol. 1 Earl McGraw
2004 Kill Bill: Vol. 2 Esteban Vihaio
2006 The Listening James Wagley
2007 Grindhouse Earl McGraw Segments: Planet Terror / Death Proof
2007 El Muerto Sheriff Stone
2007 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Henry Craig
2008 Noble Things Pete Collins
2010 Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' Ball Fritz Tremor
2011 Red State Pastor Abin Cooper
2012 Argo Jack Kirby
2012 Django Unchained LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
2013 We Are What We Are Doc Barrow
2014 Tusk Howard Howe
2015 Yoga Hosers

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1958 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Skip Baxter Episode: "The Cadaver"
1961 The Law and Mr. Jones Mike Enslow Episode: "One by One"
1961 The Asphalt Jungle Ty Episode: "The Sniper"
1961 Straightaway Episode: "Pledge a Nightmare"
1962 Gunsmoke Park Episode: "The Boys"
1962 Target: The Corruptors Rocky Kustak Episode: "Nobody Gets Hurt"
1962 Stoney Burke Tack Reynolds Episode: "The Mob Riders"
1963 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Dr. Daniel Dana Episode: "Diagnosis: Danger"
1963 The Greatest Show on Earth Cristos Episode: "The Hanging Man"
1963 Perry Mason Cal Leonard Episode: "The Case of the Constant Doyle"
1963 Arrest and Trial Gregory Wade Episode: "We May Be Better Strangers"
1963–1964 Channing Dante Donati 2 episodes
1964 Route 66 Tank Episode: "Cries of Persons Close to One"
1969–1970 Then Came Bronson Jim Bronson 26 episodes
1986–1988 The Equalizer 2 episodes
1990–1991 Twin Peaks Jean Renault 5 episodes
1996 Walker Texas Ranger Caleb Hooks 1 episode

Discography[edit]

  • 1969 - Closing The Gap (MGM)
  • 1970 - Long Lonesome Highway (MGM)
  • 1970 - Blue (MGM)
  • 1970 - Lost & Found (Verve)
  • 1971 - Best Of Michael Parks (MGM)
  • 1981 - You Don't Know Me (First American)
  • 1998 - Coolin' Soup (Listen)
  • 2011 - The Red State Sessions (SModcast)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Michael Parks Biography, Film Reference
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (August 2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 315. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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