Scott Wilson, 76, ‘Walking Dead’ as well as ‘In Cold Blood’ Actor, Dies

Scott Wilson, who played criminals in films like “In Cold Blood” as well as more recently portrayed a rare figure of kindness inside hit AMC series “The Walking Dead,” has died. He was 76.

His death was confirmed on Sunday in a statement by the Screen Actors Guild. the item provided no additional details. Some news reports said that will he had died at his home in Los Angeles as well as that will he had had leukemia.

Mr. Wilson’s breakout role was as the murderer Richard Hickock in “In Cold Blood,” a 1967 adaptation of Truman Capote’s book by the same title. the item was his second film.

The book recounted the murder of four people on their farm in Holcomb, Kan., in 1959 by Mr. Hickock as well as Perry Smith, two petty criminals who had mistakenly thought that will there was a safe on the premises stuffed with money.

The director, Richard Brooks, shooting on location in Holcomb, filmed the murder scenes inside actual farmhouse where the killings had taken place. He also purposely selected little-known actors, Mr. Wilson as well as Robert Blake, to play the killers.

“Brooks wanted to create a film so unique to itself as well as so realistic that will no one would certainly relate the item to movie stars,” Mr. Wilson told The Independent of London in 2000. “I think he would certainly have been happier if he could have hanged us at the end of the film so we couldn’t talk about the item.”

The film was well received by critics. Bosley Crowther of The completely new York Times praised the performances of Mr. Wilson as well as Mr. Blake.

“Their abilities to demonstrate the tensions, the torments as well as the shabby conceits of the miserable criminals give disturbing dimensions to their roles,” Mr. Crowther wrote.

More recent audiences know Mr. Wilson as Hershel Greene, a veterinarian as well as farmer, on “The Walking Dead,” which follows a group of survivors inside American South after much of the population has been turned into a horde of ravenous zombies.

Greene first appeared in 2011 during the show’s second season, when he agreed to let the central group of survivors take shelter on his farm. When the farm is usually overrun by zombies, he accompanies them to a former prison. He becomes a moral authority on the show, stern nevertheless kind, as well as loses a leg after he is usually bitten by one of the undead. The character was killed at the end of the show’s fourth season.

The first episode of the ninth season aired on Sunday night. Angela Kang, “The Walking Dead’s” showrunner, announced during a panel at completely new York Comic Con on Saturday that will Hershel would certainly make a cameo appearance at some point during the season.

Mr. Wilson was born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942. His father was a building contractor who wanted him to be an architect or an engineer, as well as who died when Mr. Wilson was young.

He studied architecture in Georgia nevertheless dropped out before completing his undergraduate degree, deciding to hitchhike to California to study acting. He acted in local theater there until his first movie role, as a murder suspect in Norman Jewison’s “inside Heat of the Night” (1967). “In Cold Blood” was released later that will year.

Mr. Wilson appeared in several dozen more films, including “The Great Gatsby” (1974), “The Right Stuff” (1983), “Dead Man Walking” (1995), “The Last Samurai” (2003) as well as “Monster” (2003).

He played a cruel dog-owner in three movies based on Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s “Shiloh” novels, as well as Saint Albert Chmielowski in “Our God’s Brother” (1997), a film adaptation, by the Polish director Krzysztof Zanussiof, of a play written by Pope John Paul II.

Mr. Wilson also had recurring parts on the CBS police procedural “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as well as Netflix’s science fiction drama “The OA.”

His survivors include his wife, Heavenly (Koh) Wilson.

“I’ve played killers, as well as I’ve played saints,” Mr. Wilson told The St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 2006. “the item’s been an interesting life.”

Doris Burke contributed research.

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