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August 20, 2019

Actor Ben Unwin Dead at 41



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By Jack Guy, CNN

Actor Ben Unwin, who made his name playing Jesse McGregor in Australian TV soap "Home and Away," has died at the age of 41.

New South Wales police found Unwin dead on August 14, according to a statement, one day before his birthday.

"Yesterday at midday police attended Minyon Falls, Whian Whian, responding to a concern for welfare. The body of a 41-year-old man was located," the statement said.
"The death has not been treated as suspicious."

Unwin appeared on "Home and Away" from 1996-2000 and 2002-2005.
His character, Jesse, played a major role in the long-running soap and was seen as something of a bad boy who was no stranger to a brush with the law.

After leaving acting, Unwin studied for a law degree and later worked as a solicitor.
The Seven Network, which has broadcast "Home and Away" since 1988, released a statement following Unwin's death.

"Cast and crew from Home and Away are saddened to learn of the passing of former castmate, Ben Unwin," reads the statement.
"Ben's work in the role of Jesse McGregor is remembered with much affection."

Co-stars paid tribute to the actor following the news. Kimberley Cooper, who played the character Gipsy Smith, posted a photograph of her and Unwin on the cover of TV Week magazine, saying: "You forever hold a special place in my heart."

Another former castmate, Lynne McGranger, who plays Irene Roberts on the show, said Unwin's death was an awful shock.

"I'm saddened to hear of Ben's passing," she said in a statement given to CNN.
"Deepest condolences to his family and friends."

And actress Ada Nicodemou, whose character Leah Patterson was romantically involved with Jesse McGregor in "Home and Away," also expressed her condolences.
"Just woke up to the tragic news of Ben's passing, my heart goes out to his family," Nicodemou said in a statement to CNN.

More than 7,000 episodes of "Home and Away" have aired since the show began.

August 18, 2019

Peter Fonda Dead at 79






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Peter Fonda, whose counterculture classic Easy Rider helped usher in the New Hollywood movement of the 1970s that paved the way for filmmakers from Martin Scorsese to Quentin Tarantino, has died after suffering respiratory failure due to lung cancer. Fonda, the son of screen legend Henry Fonda, younger brother of Jane Fonda and father of actress Bridget Fonda, was 79.
The family confirmed the news of his death Friday in a statement to Yahoo Entertainment.
“It is with deep sorrow that we share the news that Peter Fonda has passed away,” the family said, adding Fonda “passed away peacefully on Friday morning, Aug. 16 at 11:05am at his home in Los Angeles surrounded by family. The official cause of death was respiratory failure due to lung cancer.
“In one of the saddest moments of our lives, we are not able to find the appropriate words to express the pain in our hearts. As we grieve, we ask that you respect our privacy.
“And, while we mourn the loss of this sweet and gracious man, we also wish for all to celebrate his indomitable spirit and love of life,” the statement concluded. “In honor of Peter, please raise a glass to freedom.”
According to Jane Fonda, her brother “went out laughing.”
“I am very sad,” she said in a statement. “He was my sweet-hearted baby brother. The talker of the family. I have had beautiful alone time with him these last days. He went out laughing.”
Fonda was best known for his starring role 1969’s Easy Rider, which he co-wrote and produced, and which celebrated its 50th anniversary on July 14. The film, co-starring the late Dennis Hopper and Jack Nicholson, earned Fonda his first Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. In 1997, he was nominated for Best Actor for starring in Ulee's Gold.
Born in New York City, Fonda began acting in the early '60s. He started to make a name for himself with 1966's The Wild Angels alongside Nancy Sinatra and Bruce Dern, but his big break came three years later with Easy Rider. He was inspired to write the film in 1967 in response to a speech by Jack Valenti, then the newly appointed head of the Motion Picture Association of America who was advocating for more family-friendly films.  


"And like a TV evangelist [Valenti] says, 'It's time we stopped making movies about sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll and more movies like Doctor Dolittle,' but he's looking right at me," said Fonda in a 2013 Role Recall interview with Yahoo Entertainment. Soon after the ever-rebellious Fonda began writing the story of two drug-fueled motorcyclists on an ultimately tragic cross-country odyssey.
Fonda shared the screen only once with his famous father, in the 1979 western Wanda Nevada, which he also directed.
"A fairy tale. A perfectly written fairy tale," he told Yahoo. "I was fortunate enough to cast my dad. And he came and played for one day with us. And it was really an amazing moment for me, to be able to work with my father, to direct him and act in a scene with him. Up until that moment, no matter the success of Easy Rider, and the tremendous success of Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry, these were not films that my father would understand."
"In 1978, I'm shooting in the Grand Canyon with my father, who's basically dying," Fonda continued. (Henry Fonda passed away in 1982 from heart disease at age 77.) "Any rate, it was fabulous. We had such a good time. He just did one day's work. And I was warning him he had to chew tobacco, so I had all this licorice ready for him to spit instead. I said 'I don't chew tobacco, and I don't want you chewing tobacco.' He said, 'Nope, I'm gonna do it!' You know, stubborn. And so he passed out at lunch!"
Fonda added, "I got a letter, the fifth one I ever got from him, this fabulous letter. Basically it said, 'In my 41 years of making motion pictures, I have never seen a crew so devoted to a director, and you're a very good director, Son. And I love you very much.' The first time it had been put in writing, and there it was. Signed, 'Love, your dad.' It was just amazing."

August 1, 2019

Mr. Hunkie Mario Lopez Thinks Transexual Parents Put Their Children in Danger...WHy?


The worse thing about people that spend their lives trying to match their underwear to their socks is that usually they (He)don't have the time to study complex issues but that did not stop Mario Lopez. It doesn't matter who he hurts his unbaked opinion goes out to the media. Just because I and my readers are nice people we won't tell Trump he in a migrant worker and have ICE ring the bell?.....But Have a feeling he might be a Trumpie who opens the old check book to the Orange-Man💥

Mario Lopez claims that parents who allow their children to live according to their self-identified genders are setting a “dangerous” example.
Lopez, a father of three, shared his opinions during a June interview on The Candace Owens Show, a PragerU video series hosted by the 30-year-old conservative figure, but the clips have only recently caught Twitter’s attention.




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During the 40-minute interview, Owens brought up the “weird trend” in Hollywood that have celebrities like Charlize Theron taking cues from their children as to how they identify. In April, the Long Shot actress revealed that her 7-year-old child Jackson did not identify as a boy.
“Yes, I thought she was a boy, too,” Theron told the Daily Mail. “Until she looked at me when she was 3 years old and said, ‘I am not a boy!'”
Owens told the new Access Hollywood host, “A lot of weird trends come out of Hollywood and one of the weirder ones, for me, is this new trend where celebrities are coming out — and I know Charlize Theron did this a few weeks ago — is saying that their child is picking their gender. And this is strange to me, and they say, ‘Oh, I looked at my child and my child was swimming in a bathtub and looked up and said, “Mommy, I’m a boy’” and that’s weird ...”




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Owens added that her experience as a nanny has convinced her that children don’t always mean what they say, explaining “I am trying to understand this new Hollywood mentality where they just think their children now have the mental authority.”
“I am trying to understand it myself, and please don’t lump me into that whole [group],” Lopez responded. “I’m kind of blown away too. Look, I’m never one to tell anyone how to parent their kids obviously and I think if you come from a place of love, you really can’t go wrong but at the same time, my God, if you're 3 years old and you’re saying you’re feeling a certain way or you think you’re a boy or a girl or whatever the case may be, I just think it's dangerous as a parent to make this determination then, well, OK, then you’re going to a boy or a girl, whatever the case may be ... It's sort of alarming and my gosh, I just think about the repercussions later on.”
He added, “When you’re a kid ... you don’t know anything about sexuality yet. You’re just a kid.”
After Owens said that parents who support their children in this way are narcissists showing off their tolerance, Lopez responded, “I think parents need to allow their kids to be kids but at the same time, you gotta be the adult in the situation. Pause with that and — I think the formative years is when you start having those discussions and really start making these declarations,” he said, adding air quotes.
The commentary didn’t earn Lopez any new fans on Twitter.

February 25, 2019

Clark Gable’s Grand Son Clark Gable III 30, Found Dead on His Bed Friday





Clark Gables grandson, Clark Gable III, died on Friday morning at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas, Variety confirmed with the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was 30.

“It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark,” his mother wrote on Instagram. “He passed this morning. I will always be next to you my beautiful son. Mom.”
His sister Kayley Gable also posted about the death on Facebook, writing, “My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn’t wake up .. I LOVE YOU CLARKIE I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered RIP.”

Gable was an aspiring actor who previously hosted several seasons of the reality show “Cheaters.” “Cheaters” is a hidden-camera unscripted series about people suspected of committing adultery, which began airing in 2000 and has since filmed 17 seasons. As host, Gable confronted people caught in the act, before delivering the bad news on television. 

Gable was filming the crime drama “Sunset at Dawn” and had recently wrapped the comedy-drama “Heckle” before his death.

Gable is the grandson of renowned actor Clark Gable, who rose to fame in a number of hit movies, including “It Happened One Night,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Mutiny on the Bounty,” and “Teacher’s Pet.” Gable died in 1960 at the age of 59

.>>>>>. Clark Gable III had been in tabloids for several incidents and with the secrecy surrounding his cause of death, some are asking questions if foul play was involved.
At this time, nothing has been stated regarding the cause of death or if Clark Gable passed away due to natural causes.<<<<<<.

February 11, 2019

There Could Be Problems with Jussie Smollett Account of A Hate Crime





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"Empire" actor Jussie Smollett has turned over partial records of his cellphone use to detectives investigating an alleged assault by two men hurling racial and homophobic slurs, Chicago police said Monday.
Smollett, who is African-American and openly gay, has told police that he was beaten up by two men who shouted racist and homophobic slurs early on Jan. 29. Police say they are investigating the report as a possible hate crime.
The actor told police that he was on the phone with his manager as the alleged attack occurred.
His manager told police that he heard the attackers say "this is MAGA country," police officials said. "MAGA" is a common shorthand for "Make America Great Again," President Donald Trump's campaign slogan.




Some things about the account of Jussie being beaten does not make sense. For one all the cams in the area show him but no one else. The two men of interest are two homeless men and not close to where the incident was supposed to have happened. Secondly, there is a sense that Jussie is not cooperating fully with the police. He never even notified the cops but went for medical help and that is how the police became involved.

Many of us know that a little lie can become a volcano if the truth doesn't come in right away t stop the growth. I hate the whole thing no matter what happened and it does not help the community nor Jussie.  There is a lot of talks and I'm publishing some of it and letting you be the judge but at this point, this is news and is not being touched by main media. We have to keep our eye on this in case there is a couple of racist men out to do damage to the gay community. Why they have not been caught? Why the silence from the cops?





A false report will get Jussie's case flipped back on him. Jussie Smollett ‘will be held accountable’ if he made a false report, per the Chicago Police Superintendent!

So, basically they are not saying that he's lying, but they are saying he might be lying. They are going for the phone records and that's a bit deal. As you may recall, Jussie declined to give the police his phone initially.
Here are some more.
(AllHipHop Rumors) Jussie Smollett got the support of everybody a week or two ago because he was allegedly attacked by some MAGA hat wearing, bleach having, racial slurring maggots!!!! The words of Lee Daniels ring in my head: something about hunting the animals down. Well, that's all I needed to hear until now. I am still waiting for ANYTHING FURTHER to emerge in this hunt! But, Jussie said he just wanted to move on and some other stuff that seemed to suggest that nothing more would be made of the matter. I am confused. 

I want to help with the hunt and revenge! I don't want to move on! I wanna get these MAGA Maggots! Anyway, Jussie has gone back to work on "Empire" back in Chicago. He reportedly has more security than before, because of the alleged attack. According to TMZ, the cops want to talk to him as a part of the investigation, which is ongoing. The police have more video footage, but nothing that shows an actual attack. Those MAGA Hatters were slick to avoid ALL the cameras!

I am not saying he is lying, but I want to make sure he gets the justice he's entitled to!
Joe Budden has not held anything back.
All Hip Hop

February 8, 2019

Albert Finney 82 Dies After A Complete Life of Movies and the Theatre


 
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 Albert Finne, Dies at 82
                                            
 by Duane Byrge, Mike Barnes 
Hollywood Reporter

Albert Finney, Chameleon-Like Star of Stage and Screen, Dies at 82
The British legend received five Oscar nominations and starred in such films as 'Tom Jones,' 'The Dresser' and 'Erin Brockovich.'
Albert Finney, the esteemed British actor and five-time Oscar nominee known for his shape-shifting work in such films as Tom Jones, The Dresser, Murder on the Orient Express and Erin Brockovich, has died. He was 82.
Finney's family told the Associated Press on Friday that he "passed away peacefully after a short illness with those closest to him by his side." The actor was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2007.
One of the godfathers of modern British cinema, Finney mixed film, TV and stage performances throughout a standout career that spanned six decades. He never succumbed to the allure of screen stardom and was given BAFTA's Academy Fellowship award (the equivalent of a lifetime Oscar) in 2001.
The restless actor also won an Emmy for portraying Winston Churchill opposite Vanessa Redgrave as his wife in the 2002 BBC-HBO telefilm The Gathering Storm.
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences bestowed best actor Oscar noms on Finney for playing the bawdy title character in the best picture winner Tom Jones (1963), directed by frequent collaborator Tony Richardson; for his work as the mysterious Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in Sidney Lumet's Murder on the Orient Express; for his performance as a temperamental, fading actor in Peter Yates' The Dresser (1983); and for starring as an alcoholic British consul in Under the Volcano (1984), helmed by John Huston.
Finney received another Oscar nom, for best supporting actor, for portraying the crusading California environmental lawyer Ed Masry in Erin Brockovich (2000).
Yet for all his nominations, he never once attended the Academy Awards ceremony. "It's a long way to go just to sit in a non-drinking, non-smoking environment on the off-chance your name is called," he told The Telegraph in 2011.
Perhaps the actor's showiest role was as the Prohibition-era Irish gangster Leo O'Bannon in the Coen brothers' Miller's Crossing (1990), where he fought off an ambush amid the strains of "Danny Boy."
He also played the bald and curmudgeonly Daddy Warbucks for Huston in Annie (1982).
David Lean originally selected him for the title role in Lawrence of Arabia (1962), but Finney turned it down because it required him to sign a multiyear studio contract. The part in one of the greatest films ever made went to, of course, Peter O'Toole.
More recently, Finney portrayed the evil psychologist Albert Hirsch in the Jason Bourne movies released in 2007 and 2012 and was seen as the Scottish gamekeeper Kincade in the 2012 James Bond installment Skyfall. That would mark his final onscreen appearance.
Legendary for his Shakespearean prowess, he also received Tony Award nominations in 1964 and 1968 for his work in Luther (as Martin Luther) and A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, respectively.
Finney's respect for acting, rather than the trappings of celebrity, allowed him to seek out parts for their character depth rather than the notoriety they might bring him. Often, he was unrecognizable under makeup or in costume, and he was known for his mastery of accents.
The son and grandson of bookmakers, Albert Finney Jr. was born on May 9, 1936, in Manchester, England. His childhood home was damaged by German bombs during World War II.
Finney graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in 1955 and early on served as an understudy to Laurence Oliver. While filling in on stage for the famed actor in the title role in Coriolanus, he attracted notice and film offers.
Finney made his first feature appearance alongside Olivier in The Entertainer (1960) under Richardson, for whom he also frequently worked in the theater. In the "kitchen sink" drama Saturday Night, Sunday Morning (1960), he played the anti-hero Arthur Seaton, an angry factory worker mired in an environment, not unlike the one he experienced during his working-class upbringing.
Finney was considered one of most talented performers to come out of Britain in his country's '60s cinema heyday, but that did not dampen his enthusiasm for the theater, and he continued to perform on the U.K. stages, taking the lead in King Lear and Hamlet.
"When I worked those years at the National Theatre," Finney told The New York Times in 1983, "people were always saying that I could have been in Hollywood making this or that amount of money. But you must retain the ability to do what you want to do. I don't want to be a victim of supporting a lifestyle that you have to get huge salaries to support — even if you do things for nothing."
After he gained fame for his performance as the privileged 18th-century seducer in Richardson's Tom Jones, he put his career on hold to go sailing for a year.
Finney also starred in Stanley Donen's Two for the Road (1967), in which he played Audrey Hepburn's husband during three periods of their lives as they travel around Europe. (The two were reportedly involved romantically during filming.)
That same year, Finney also made his directorial debut in Charlie Bubbles (1967), starring opposite Liza Minnelli as a man facing midlife doldrums as well.
His other feature credits include Stephen Frears' Gumshoe (1971), Wolfen (1981), Looker (1981), Shoot the Moon (1982), Rich in Love (1992), The Browning Version (1994), A Man of No Importance (1994), Breakfast of Champions (1999), Traffic (2000), Big Fish (2003), Ridley Scott's A Good Year (2006) and Lumet's last film, Before the Devil Knows You're Dead (2007).
On television, he took on a demanding array of characters, playing the title role in the 1984 CBS telefilm Pope John Paul II and then the sexually promiscuous owner of a country inn in a 1990 BBC miniseries, The Green Man.
In 1977, Finney recorded an album of folk ballads that was released by Motown, and his life was said to serve as an inspiration for another famed Manchester native, singer Morrissey.
Finney was married to English actress Jane Wenham from 1957-61 to French actress Anouk Aimee (Oscar-nominated for A Man and a Woman, she left him for actor Ryan O'Neal) from 1970-78 and to travel agent Penelope Delmage since 2006.
She survives him, as does a son, veteran camera operator Simon Finney.

October 7, 2018

Scott Wilson Actor of The Walking Dead, Died Today at 76




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His first film was 'In the Heat of the Night,' and he also stood out in 'The Ninth Configuration,' 'Dead Man Walking' and 'Monster.'

Scott Wilson, the Georgia-born actor admired for the intensity he demonstrated in such dark, disturbing projects as In Cold BloodThe Walking Dead and The Ninth Configuration, has died after a battle with cancer. He was 76.
Details were not immediately available, but the official Twitter account for The Walking Dead comic book, on which the popular AMC show of the same name is based, confirmed the news Saturday. "We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76," the statement read. "Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you."
At New York Comic-Con 2018, Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang announced that Wilson would reprise his role as Hershel in season nine — which premieres Sunday — though she offered no word on the timing of his appearance or how many episodes in which he was slated to appear. However, sources have confirmed that Wilson had filmed some scenes. The announcement was made a little more than an hour before news of Wilson's passing spread on social media.
In a statement to THR, a spokesperson for AMC said: "Scott will always be remembered as a great actor, and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed."
CSI fans know Wilson as the crooked Las Vegas casino owner Sam Braun, the father of Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows, and he played the troubled neighbor Judd Travers in the three Shiloh family films released in 1996, 1999 and 2006.
Wilson also was memorable in The Great Gatsby (1974), where his character, the owner of a filling station, shoots and kills Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford) while he's lounging in his mansion swimming pool, then turns the gun on himself. He often brought anxiety and melancholy to his roles.
After portraying the murder suspect Harvey Oberst in his first feature, the Oscar best picture winner In the Heat of the Night (1967), Wilson was cast as real-life murderer Dick Hickock for In Cold Blood (1967). The chilling documentary-like drama was directed by Richard Brooks, who also adapted Truman Capote's sensational 1965 best-selling novel for the screenplay.
Hickock had met fellow drifter Perry Smith (played by Robert Blake in the film) in jail, and after they were paroled, they headed to a farm in Holcomb, Kansas, for a robbery. Finding little cash on hand, they killed four members of the Clutter family — the husband, wife and two of their teenage children — in 1959. (The pair spoke with Capote for the book before being executed in 1965).



Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene on 'The Walking Dead.'
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Scott Wilson as Hershel Greene on 'The Walking Dead.'
Wilson, then 24, got the job in part because of his resemblance to Hickock.
"Every actor in the English-speaking world wanted those two roles, including [Paul] Newman and [Steve] McQueen," Wilson recalled in a 1996 interview with the Los Angeles Times. "Brooks hired two 'unknowns,' and he wanted to keep it that way. We were treated like two killers he had somehow run across."
Wilson, Blake and Capote posed on a dusty stretch of Kansas highway for the cover of Life magazine on May 12, 1967, with the headline "Nightmare Revisited," though the young actors went unidentified on the front. And for a billboard on Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Wilson noted, "Brooks had the poster with our eyes taken down and replaced with one of the real killers' eyes."
Murder scenes were filmed on location at the Clutter home.
Brooks set up a private screening for Wilson and Blake after the movie was finished, and "after seeing the film, I went to the restroom and threw up," he told Elvis Mitchell in a 2017 interview. "I realized what I had just seen. I was part of something that would stand up for a period of time, a classic."
The blue-eyed Wilson, now with a bushy white beard, saw his career revitalized in 2011 when he joined AMC's The Walking Dead in the second season as Hershel Greene, a stubborn farmer and veterinarian who loses a leg before eventually meeting his end — by decapitation — in season four. (Fans were very sorry to see him go.) He filmed the series in his home state of Georgia.
As Hershel, Wilson often provided the sage voice of wisdom in the ear of lead character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) and other survivors of the apocalypse. Wilson told THR he never auditioned for the role: "My rep called and said they were interested in me for two to three episodes," he said. "I asked what show it was about and they said zombies. I said, 'Give me some good news.'"
After watching the first season, Wilson was more encouraged about his future with The Walking Dead. "I hadn't done a lot of TV at the time," he said. "I did CSI and played Marg Helgenberger's father and got that after working with Danny Cannon on a film. I found it very interesting working on Walking Dead because I'd never really played the same character for that amount of time; it's different than doing a play or film."
Co-star Khary Payton, who portrays Ezekiel on the show, shared his condolences: "The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become a part of … was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend." Fellow TWD actor Michael Cudlitz added, "Rest easy my friend." And Jesus actor Tom Payne said, "Goodbye Scott Wilson you absolute legend." Chandler Riggs, who played Carl through eight seasons, said that he will "never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set."
"Scott was one of the greats, both as an actor and a man," said Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd. "We in #TheWalkingDeadFamily are truly grief stricken. He lived life to the fullest with his true love, his wife Heavenly. He is now a shining star in heaven spreading kindness and light forever."
In the psychological thriller The Ninth Configuration (1980), written and directed by William Peter Blatty of Exorcist fame, Wilson played Captain Billy Cutshaw, a former astronaut in an insane asylum for military personnel, receiving a Golden Globe supporting actor nomination for his work.
He also portrayed a prison chaplain in Sean Penn's Dead Man Walking (1995), and his character, a john, was slain by Charlize Theron's victim turned serial killer in Patty Jenkins' Monster (2003).
For a performer of his obvious ability, Wilson went lengthy stretches without working. He filled one slow period by painting drug stores.
"Not many people survive a long period of time as actors," Wilson told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in 2016. "I've been fortunate to have a long career and play a variety of roles. I've had my down periods. I went four years without work. You have stretches where it feels like starting over. But a lot of people never even get the first break. You're incredibly fortunate if you get that."
William Delano Wilson was born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942. After the death of his father, he graduated from Thomasville High School in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Georgia's Southern Polytechnic State University. 
Wilson, though, didn't stay in school; instead, he spent three days hitchhiking to Los Angeles, arriving with $40 in his pocket. One night, he got drunk and wound up in an acting class. 
"At the end of the class, the teacher came up to me and said, 'I don't know what your problem is; don't come back to my class drunk,'" he recalled in a 2012 interview. "I went back the next week to apologize. He gave me a monologue to do from a Eugene O'Neill one-act play, The Long Voyage Home. I came back the next week and did it and said, 'This is it, this is what I want to do.'"
Wilson spent the next five-plus years participating in acting classes and workshops and appearing in local plays like Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest.
His friend's stepfather was an agent who introduced Wilson to casting director Lynn Stalmaster, who recommended the untested actor to director Norman Jewison and producer Walter Mirisch for In the Heat of the Night.
"It was heaven," he told Mitchell. "Here I was parking cars and pumping gas and doing odd jobs to support myself, then all of a sudden I'm working with people that you talk about in acting class." His Southern accent, which he had been trying to lose, helped him get the job.
Wilson bonded with In the Heat of the Night star Sidney Poitier, who recommended him to Brooks for In Cold Blood. (Wilson was 6 when he met Blake the first time, getting an autograph from the actor who was then playing Little Beaver in a series of Westerns at Republic Pictures.)
Wilson appeared in Sydney Pollack's Castle Keep (1969), John Frankenheimer's The Gypsy Moths(1969) and Robert Aldrich's The Grissom Gang (1971), then played a disillusioned rookie in Richard Fleischer's The New Centurions (1972).
Wilson later starred as a private who falls in love in postwar Poland in Krzysztof Zanussi's A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984), which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival, and reteamed with the Polish director in Our God's Brother (1997), a film adaptation of a play written years earlier by Pope John Paul II.
He also appeared as test pilot Scott Crossfield in The Right Stuff (1983) and in other films like Johnny Handsome (1989), Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993), The Grass Harp (1995) — based on another Capote novel — Clay Pigeons (1998), The Way of the Gun (2000), Pearl Harbor (2001), Junebug (2005), The Heartbreak Kid (2007) and Hostiles (2017).
Wilson also recently had gigs on such TV shows as BoschThe OA and, from Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara, Damien. His Bosch co-star Titus Welliver was one of the first to comment on Wilson's passing on Saturday night. "Scott Wilson has departed. I am heartbroken. We are fewer. Go easy into the light brother," he wrote on his Twitter account.
Survivors include his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney whom he married in 1977. His mother, Jewell, died in March 2017 at age 102.
All in all, Wilson told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 2011, he "accomplished more than I would have hoped to have accomplished. I don't want to be a big movie star. I can be someone who walks the streets and not get mobbed. Yet I want to be as fine an actor as I can be. I am still striving for that — to be as good as I can be."

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