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  • Real name : Harry Samuel Parks
  • Date of birth : 04/04/1938
  • Date of death : 04/04/1938

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  • Mike Parks
  • Parks Michael

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Michael Parks (1938)

Harry Samuel Parks

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Michael Parks is an American actor and singer. He has appeared in almost fifty films and has made frequent TV appearances, but is probably best known for his work in recent years with Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, and Kevin Smith as well as the 1969 television series Then Came Bronson.

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 personal life
Parks was born Harry Samuel Parks in Corona, California to a truck driver father. He drifted from job to job during his teenage years. He was married at the age of 15.

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Parks first gained recognition in the role of Adam in John Huston's The Bible: In the Beginning and as the star of the television series Then Came Bronson from 1969 to 1970. He also sang the theme song for the show, "Long Lonesome Highway," which became a #20 Billboard Hot 100 and #41 Hot Country Songs hit. Albums he recorded under MGM Records include Closing The Gap , Long Lonesome Highway , and Blue. He also had various 45 rpm records of songs included on these albums. Other early roles included an appearance in two NBC series, the legal drama Sam Benedict in the role of Larry Wilcox in the 1962 episode entitled "Too Many Strangers" and the medical drama The Eleventh Hour, in the role of 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.

He subsequently played Philip Colby during the second season (1986–1987) of Dynasty spin-off series The Colbys.

He appeared as Irish mob boss Tommy O'Shea in Death Wish V: The Face of Death , French-Canadian drug runner Jean Renault in the television series Twin Peaks, Doctor Banyard in Deceiver , Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn , which was written by Tarantino and directed by Rodriguez, and then took a leading role as Ambrose Bierce in its straight-to-video prequel From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter . He also played two roles in Tarantino's Kill Bill, reprising Earl McGraw in Vol. 1, and playing Esteban Vihaio in Vol. 2. He has most recently reprised the role of Earl McGraw in both segments of the Tarantino/Rodriguez film Grindhouse.

His son, James Parks, is also an actor. He has played the son of his father's character, Earl McGraw, four times: Kill Bill, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, Death Proof and Planet Terror.

In July 2010, at the San Diego Comic Con, filmmaker Kevin Smith announced that Parks had been cast as the villain , in his upcoming horror film Red State. Smith later announced on his podcast "Plus One" 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 August 15th, 2011, as a download from the film's website.

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