Michael Parks

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Michael Parks
Michael Parks Then Came Bronson 1969.JPG
Parks in Then Came Bronson (1969)
BornHarry Samuel Parks
(1938-04-04) April 4, 1938 (age 76)
Corona, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1963–present
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Michael Parks
Michael Parks Then Came Bronson 1969.JPG
Parks in Then Came Bronson (1969)
BornHarry Samuel Parks
(1938-04-04) April 4, 1938 (age 76)
Corona, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1963–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]


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.



1965Wild SeedFargo
1965Bus Riley's Back in TownBus Riley
1966The Bible: In the BeginningAdam
1966The IdolMarco
1967The HappeningSureshot
1967Stranger on the RunVincent McKay
1973Between FriendsTony
1976The Last Hard MenNoel Nye
1977Escape from Bogen CountyJack Kern
1977The Private Files of J. Edgar HooverRobert F. Kennedy
1978Love and the Midnight Auto SupplyDuke
1978RainbowRoger Edens
1979North Sea HijackHarold Shulman
1981Hard CountryRoyce
1982Savannah SmilesLt. Savage
1986The Return of Josey WalesJosey WalesDirector
1990The China Lake MurdersOfficer Donnelly
1990Caged FuryMr. CollinsAssociate producer
1991The HitmanRonny "Del" Delany
1994Death Wish V: The Face of DeathTommy O'Shea
1996From Dusk Till DawnEarl McGraw
1997Niagara, NiagaraWalter
1997DeceiverDr. Banyard
1998WickedDet. Boland
2000From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's DaughterAmbrose Bierce
2003Kill Bill: Vol. 1Earl McGraw
2004Kill Bill: Vol. 2Esteban Vihaio
2006The ListeningJames Wagley
2007GrindhouseEarl McGrawSegments: Planet Terror / Death Proof
2007El MuertoSheriff Stone
2007The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert FordHenry Craig
2008Noble ThingsPete Collins
2010Smokin' Aces 2: Assassins' BallFritz Tremor
2011Red StatePastor Abin Cooper
2012ArgoJack Kirby
2012Django UnchainedLeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
2013We Are What We AreDoc Barrow
2014TuskHoward Howe
2015Yoga Hosers


1958Alfred Hitchcock PresentsSkip BaxterEpisode: "The Cadaver"
1961The Law and Mr. JonesMike EnslowEpisode: "One by One"
1961The Asphalt JungleTyEpisode: "The Sniper"
1961StraightawayEpisode: "Pledge a Nightmare"
1962GunsmokeParkEpisode: "The Boys"
1962Target: The CorruptorsRocky KustakEpisode: "Nobody Gets Hurt"
1962Stoney BurkeTack ReynoldsEpisode: "The Mob Riders"
1963The Alfred Hitchcock HourDr. Daniel DanaEpisode: "Diagnosis: Danger"
1963The Greatest Show on EarthCristosEpisode: "The Hanging Man"
1963Perry MasonCal LeonardEpisode: "The Case of the Constant Doyle"
1963Arrest and TrialGregory WadeEpisode: "We May Be Better Strangers"
1963–1964ChanningDante Donati2 episodes
1964Route 66TankEpisode: "Cries of Persons Close to One"
1969–1970Then Came BronsonJim Bronson26 episodes
1986–1988The Equalizer2 episodes
1990–1991Twin PeaksJean Renault5 episodes
1996Walker Texas RangerCaleb Hooks1 episode



  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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