‘The Walking Dead’ star Scott Wilson passes away at age 76
October 7, 2018 04:43 pm
The Walking Dead star Scott Wilson has passed away at the age of 76.
Wilson was confirmed to be returning to The Walking Dead during the New York Comic Con panel being held at Madison Square Garden. The details of the actors passing have not yet been revealed. The actor had been active on the comic con circuit around the country throughout the year, having retired the role of Hershel Greene on AMC’s popular zombie show in its fourth season.
Wilson reprised the role of Hershel Greene in voice form for The Walking Dead’s Robot Chicken special. His other recent roles include Hostiles, The OA, Damien, and Bosch. The 76-year-old actor’s resume extends across dozens of impressive roles, with the first coming in 1967’s In the Heat of the Night. He has, however, long been known for his 1980 role in The Ninth Configuration.
Tributes to the actor began to pop up across social media on Saturday evening, including from his Bosch co-star Titus Welliver. Sources close to the situation have confirmed to ComicBook.com that early reports of the actors passing on Saturday, October 6, 2018 are true.
Wilson was slated to appear at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta in late October, an event which brings together much of the The Walking Dead’s former and present cast members.
Longtime The Walking Dead casting director Sharon Bialy paid tribute to Wilson by saying the star “gave Hershel heart & integrity,” thanking longtime executive producer Gale Anne Hurd and pointing to his role in 1967 crime drama In Cold Blood.
Jane McNeill, the actress behind Season Two’s short-lived Greene farm resident Patricia, shared a picture of herself hugging her “dear friend” Wilson, writing she “loved and admired” him.
Madison Lintz, who played Sophia Peletier in the series’ earliest seasons, wrote she “couldn’t say enough about how gracious and kind” Wilson was and that she was “blessed” to have starred alongside him on both The Walking Dead and Bosch.
Jesus actor Tom Payne called Wilson an “absolute legend” on Twitter. The social media site also saw a tribute penned by Payne’s co-star Khary Payton, who remembered Wilson for welcoming him into The Walking Dead Family.
“He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir,” the King Ezekiel star wrote, promising to continue.
Season Six stars Steve Coulter (Reg Monroe) and Major Dodson (Sam Anderson) hailed Wilson as “a kind, generous man” and “an extraordinary actor.”
The Walking Dead super-fan Yvette Nicole Brown, a frequent Talking Dead guest and once interim host, said she was “heartbroken” at the news and and called Wilson a “wonderful man.”
Series composer Bear McCreary wrote of Wilson: “He was always magnetic onscreen, a presence that will be forever appreciated and missed.”
Jeremy Palko, the actor who played Hilltop survivor Andy, remarked Wilson was “one of the kindest humans on this planet.” Peter Zimmerman, who plays Hilltop guard Eduardo, wrote Wilson was “so kind” and a “brilliant actor and person.”
Fear The Walking Dead stars Garret Dillahunt and Mo Collins also took to Twitter to share their respects to Wilson. “I was such a fan of Scott’s work on Walking Dead,” Collins wrote. “His warmth was so apparent.”
The Walking Dead’s social media accounts memorialized Wilson as “a great actor and an even better person.”
“The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show,” the statement reads. “Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him.”
News of Wilson’s death broke just an hour after showrunner Angela Kang announced at New York Comic Con Wilson and Sonequa Martin-Green, who played Sasha across multiple seasons, will reappear in Season Nine as the show bids farewell to exiting Rick Grimes actor Andrew Lincoln.
The Walking Dead Season Nine airs Sundays at 9/8c on AMC starting October 7.