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Michael Parks

Highest Rated:   96% Argo (2012)
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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
64% Greater
  • Leo
$2M 2016
88% Blood Father
  • Preacher
2016
41% 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
88% Django Unchained
  • LeQuint Dickey Mining Co. Employee
$162.9M 2012
96% Argo
  • Jack Kirby
$136.1M 2012
59% 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
76% 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
83% Grindhouse
  • Earl McGraw
$25M 2007
65% 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
64% 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
60% 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
  • Director
  • Josey Wales
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

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