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Kevin Smith Shares Touching Tribute To Chameleon Character Actor Michael Parks, Who Has Died At 77

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Such a huge loss for film buffs!

Veteran character actor and country singer Michael Parks, known — and often so unrecognizable that he was unknown — for Twin Peaks, Red State, From Dusk Till Dawn, and Kill Bill (in which he played two completely unrelated parts), has passed at the age of 77.

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No cause of death is yet known.

Michael was a favorite of both Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, and it was the latter who shared the news of his passing on Instagram, writing:

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 #walrusyesA post shared by Kevin Smith (@thatkevinsmith) on May 10, 2017 at 8:13am PDT

So sad.

For those who were fans of Parks' music career, we leave you with this.

[Image via Lionsgate Films/CBS/Miramax.]

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