Very sad news for ‘Walking Dead’ fans, Scott Wilson who played Hershel Greene on the popular AMC show, has died at 76. The actor died at his home in Los Angeles late Saturday, according to his agent, Dominic Mancini. Wilson died after a long battle with leukemia, surrounded by friends and family. A rep for the ‘The Walking Dead’ said recently at Comic-Con that ‘Scott would be returning to the show for the new ninth season of the show. It’s unclear how many episodes Wilson will be in. The new season of the show premiers on Sunday on ‘AMC’.
Wilson was a veteran of more than 50 movies, starting in 1967 in ‘The Heat Of The Night’. That same year he starred along side Robert Blake, in the classic film ‘In Cold Blood’ adapted from Truman Capote’s book of the same name. Wilson played the part of true life murderer Richard Hickock. Wilson earned a spot on the cover of ‘Life Magazine’ in 1968, standing next to Truman Capote and Blake on location in Kansas. Wilson at the time was an unknown actor, and beat out Steve McQueen and Paul Newman for the role.
Wilson was cast in the role of Hershel Greene in 2011, after visiting his mother in Georgia. Wilson was a native of Thomasville, Georgia, and told the producers that his ‘mother was a huge fan of the show.’ His character was killed off in 2013, Wilson has appeared on the show since the character was killed off and had filmed episodes for the upcoming season. Wilson also had a recurring role on the Amazon series ‘Bosch’ playing Dr. Guyot. Wilson said in an interview that he’s had a lot of up and downs in his career, ‘a lot of dry spells’. Wilson explained, “you stick with it because you love it, or you leave it.” Wilson is survived by his wife of 41 years Heavenly Wilson.