Michael Parks

Michael Parks

  • Highest Rated: 96% Argo (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 0% Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1993)
  • Birthday: Apr 24, 1940
  • Birthplace: Not Available
  • Brando-esque leading man Michael Parks was one of five children of an itinerant laborer. Like the rest of his family, Parks drifted from job to job in his early teens, briefly marrying at 15. When he wasn't nickel-and-diming it as a migrant worker, Parks acted with amateur theater groups up and down the California coast. Discovered by an agent in 1960, Parks was signed to a Universal contract, spending most of his time on suspension due to his ornery outspokenness. He settled down long enough to play an au naturel Adam in John Huston's The Bible (1966) and to star as a young motorcyclist in search of the Real America on the 1969 TV series Then Came Bronson. Parks astonished his anti-establishment fans in 1968 when he supported George Wallace for the presidency. Parks' film appearances since then have been confined to second-string productions, though he managed to attract attention in 1977 by portraying Bobby Kennedy in The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover. In 1990, Parks co-produced as well as starred in Caged Fury, though it was his turn as Canadian mobster Jean Renault in David Lynch's Twin Peaks that offered him the most exposure that year. Numerous film and television roles followed, and in 1996 director Quentin Tarantino gave Parks a career-boost by casting him in the violent horror/crime hybrid From Dusk Till Dawn (a role that the actor would reprise in Kill Bill, Vol. 1, Death Proof, and Planet Terror). A turn as the volatile leader of a religious cult in Kevin Smith's Red State capitalized on Parks' intense onscreen charisma, and in 2012 he could be spotted in director Ben Affleck's Argo. And though the documentary Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell found the outspoken Clerks director jokingly chiding "View Askewniverse" veteran Affleck for "cherry-picking" Parks on the strength of his Red State performance, few would deny that the talented Parks would have likely won the role on his own merit. Parks died in 2017, at age 77.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet The Queen of Hollywood Blvd Chet Fuller 2018
67% Greater Leo $2M 2016
88% Blood Father Preacher 2016
45% Tusk Howard Howe 2014
86% We Are What We Are Doc Barrow $54.9K 2013
No Score Yet The Harvey Girls: Opportunity Bound Producer 2013
86% Django Unchained LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee $162.9M 2012
96% Argo Jack Kirby $136.1M 2012
60% Red State Abin Cooper $1.1M 2011
No Score Yet Street Poet Actor 2010
No Score Yet Smokin' Aces 2: Assassin's Ball Fritz Tremor 2010
No Score Yet Noble Things Pete Collins 2008
No Score Yet Three Priests Jake Sands 2008
77% The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Henry Craig $4M 2007
No Score Yet The Listening (In Ascolto) James Wagley 2007
74% Planet Terror (Grindhouse Presents: Robert Rodriguez's Planet Terror) Earl McGraw 2007
No Score Yet The Dead One Sheriff Ezra Stone 2007
No Score Yet Fighting Words Benny the Heckler 2007
84% Grindhouse Earl McGraw $25M 2007
63% Death Proof Earl McGraw 2007
No Score Yet The Listening Actor 2006
No Score Yet Miracle at Sage Creek Justice Stanley 2005
84% Kill Bill: Volume 2 Esteban Vihaio 2004
85% Kill Bill: Volume 1 Sheriff 2003
No Score Yet Bullfighter Cordobes 2003
No Score Yet Fighting Words Actor 2003
41% Big Bad Love Mr. Aaron $0.2M 2001
22% From Dusk Till Dawn 3: The Hangman's Daughter Ambrose Bierce 2000
50% Niagara, Niagara Walter 1998
48% Deceiver Dr. Banyard $0.6M 1998
No Score Yet Julian Po Vern 1997
88% Full Tilt Boogie Actor 1997
No Score Yet Wicked Det. Boland 1997
No Score Yet The Player Actor 1997
63% From Dusk Till Dawn Texas Ranger Earl McGraw 1996
No Score Yet Guns on the Clackamas James X 1996
No Score Yet Stranger by Night Det. Larson 1994
No Score Yet Sorceress Stan 1994
0% Death Wish V: The Face of Death Tommy 1993
67% Storyville Michael 1992
13% The Hitman Ronny 'Del' Delaney 1991
No Score Yet Out of Control (Over the Line) Pearlmutter 1991
No Score Yet Caged Fury Mr. Collins 1990
No Score Yet The China Lake Murders Actor 1990
No Score Yet Billy The Kid (Gore Vidal's Billy the Kid) Actor 1989
No Score Yet Welcome to Spring Break (Nightmare Beach) Doc Willet 1988
No Score Yet Prime Suspect Actor 1988
No Score Yet Arizona Heat Larry Kapinski 1987
No Score Yet Stamp of a Killer Actor 1987
No Score Yet The Return of Josey Wales Josey Wales Director 1986
No Score Yet Spiker Coach Doames 1986
No Score Yet Chase Larry Butler 1985
No Score Yet French Quarter Undercover Actor 1985
No Score Yet Club Life Tank 1985
No Score Yet Savannah Smiles Lt. Savage 1982
No Score Yet Dial M for Murder Max Halliday 1981
No Score Yet Hard Country Royce Richardson 1981
33% North Sea Hijack (ffolkes) (Assault Force) Harold Shulman 1980
No Score Yet The Evictors Ben Watkins 1979
No Score Yet Steiner - Das eiserne Kreuz, 2. Teil (Sergeant Steiner) (Breakthrough) Sgt. Anderson 1979
No Score Yet The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover Robert F. Kennedy 1978
No Score Yet Night Cries Actor 1978
No Score Yet Midnight Auto Supply Duke 1978
No Score Yet Sidewinder One J.W. Wyatt 1977
No Score Yet The Last Hard Men Nye 1976
No Score Yet The Savage Bees Dr. Jeff DuRand 1976
No Score Yet The Werewolf of Woodstock Actor 1975
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Actor 1967
No Score Yet The Happening Sureshot 1967
No Score Yet The Bible Adam 1966
No Score Yet Bus Riley's Back in Town Bus Riley 1965
No Score Yet Wild Seed Fargo 1965

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet The Untouchables
1993-1994
O'Banion
  • 1993
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Ben Aaron
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Equalizer
1985-1989
  • 1986
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
MacDane
  • 1974
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Cal
  • 1963
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Park
  • 1962
No Score Yet Shades of L.A.
1990

QUOTES FROM Michael Parks CHARACTERS

Earl
I can make goddam sure he don't do it in Texas
Earl
I can make goddam sure he don't do it in Texas.
Earl McGraw
As 'bout as useless as a pecker on a Pope.
Pastor Abin Cooper
I fear God. You better believe I fear God.