'The Walking Dead' actor Scott Wilson dies at 76 from leukemia complications
The news of Wilson's passing arrived just hours after the New York Comic-Con announced that he was going to reprise his role as Hershel Greene in the first half of The Walking Dead's upcoming ninth season
Veteran actor Scott Wilson, known for his roles in 'The Walking Dead' and 'In Cold Blood', passed away at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday. The actor was 76 at the time of passing, which resulted due to complications from leukemia. The news of his death was confirmed by his rep, Dominic Mancini. “Scott was one of the most genuine, inspirational, and truly beloved people,” Mancini tolf who told People Magazine. “His amazing legacy will live on through his timeless performances. He will be missed deeply by his wife, family, and friends.”
AMC, the network that airs The Walking Dead, also shared in a statement: “Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.”
The news of Wilson's passing arrived just hours after the New York Comic-Con announced that he was going to reprise his role as Hershel Greene in the first half of The Walking Dead's upcoming ninth season. But with his sad demise, it will go on to be one of his final onscreen performances. Wilson, who is survived by his wife, Heavenly, whom he married in 1977, enjoyed a long career before starring as Hershel during the second season of The Walking Dead. He soon became one of the most beloved characters of the show till date.
Wilson was born in Georgia in 1942 and in 1967 itself he made his onscreen debut in 'In the Heat of the Night'. The very year, he followed up his debut with the character of the real-life murderer Dick Hickock in an adaptation of Truman Capote’s 'In Cold Blood'. In the 1947 adaptation of 'The Great Gatsby', he played the role of George Wilson opposite Robert Redford, which led him to earn a Golden Globe nomination in 1980 for his turn in 'The Ninth Configuration'. His other memorable appearances include a recurring one on CSI as Sam Braun, the father of Marg Helgenberger’s Catherine Willows and also roles on Bosch and The OA.
Several of Wilson's costars have paid their respects and condolences since the news of his death surfaced on Saturday evening. “The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family,” wrote TWD‘s Khary Payton on Twitter. “He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend.”
Bosch‘s Titus Welliver tweeted: “Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother." Yvette Nicole Brown said: “I just heard the news about the passing of #ScottWilson. He was a wonderful man and I am heartbroken. #RIP #Hershel #TWD."
Rob Schneider wrote on Twitter: “Scott Wilson was simply the finest actor and more importantly the finest and most decent man I ever knew. A Noble actor and my dear friend. Scott Wilson had the best lady to share his life, Heavenly Wilson. My heartfelt condolences to her & to all of Scott’s friends the world over.”