Scott Wilson, who was probably best known of late as they key character Hershel Green in AMC’s The Walking Dead has died yesterday at the age of 76!
The actor whose career spanned nearly 50 years died from complications with leukemia, according to TMZ.
Even though Wilson’s Hershel Green character was killed off in Season 4 of the series, his character was beloved by fans. Wilson’s death was announced on The Walking Dead comic Twitter account:
We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ
— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018
Born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942, he moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting shortly after graduating from high school. His first big role after coming to Hollywood was in the 1967 film, In The Heat Of The Night and then later that same year, the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood.
He worked steadily in Hollywood for almost five decades in films like The Right Stuff (1983), Young Guns II (1990), Dead Man Walking (1995), G.I. Jane (1997), Pearl Harbor (2001), and more recently Bosch (TV Series) (2014) and Hostiles (2017).
He also had several genre roles in the films The Ninth Configuration (1980), The Exorcist III (1990), The X-Files (TV Series) (2000), The Host (2006), Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon (2006).
News of Wilson’s death came just over an hour after it was announced tonight at the Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con that the actor would be among past cast members appearing in the AMC show’s ninth season, which debuts tonight. Wilson’s return to TWD after his character’s death four years ago had already been filmed, according to a source close to the series based on Robert Kirkman’s comics.
“Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person,” AMC said in a statement Saturday. “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 character’s choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, his family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.”
Wilson is survived by his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney, and other family. No memorial plans have been announced.
All of us here at Horror Patch would like to offer our sincerest condolences to Scott Wilson’s family and friends during this time of grieving.
Scott was an incredible actor who made everything he appeared in more enjoyable to watch and his character of Hershel from The Walking Dead is one that is near and dear to our hearts. We will miss Scott Wilson and may his latest journey be peaceful and everlasting.
R.I.P. Scott Wilson March 29, 1942 – October 16, 2018