Michael Parks was born in California in 1940. He made his acting debut in 1958 in Alfred Hitchcock’s television show. His film career tookoff in 1965 with “Wild Seed” opposite Celia Kaye. He also made “Bus Riley’s Back in Town” with Ann-Margret. In 1966 he went to the U.K. to make “The Idol” opposite Jennifer Jones. In 1969 he had his own series about a biker entitled “Then Came Bronson”. His career has has a comeback in recent years working with newer directors such as Quentin Tarentino.
Michael Parks was born on April 24, 1940 in Corona, California, USA as Harry Samuel Parks. He is an actor, known for Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Django Unchained (2012). He is married to Oriana. He was previously married to Carolyn Kay Carson, Jan Moriarty and Louise M. Johnson.The theme song “Long Lonesome Highway” from Parks’ TV series Then Came Bronson(1969), sung by Parks himself, was penned by James Hendricks, a Greenwich Village folksinger who was married to ‘Mama Cass Elliot’ of The Mamas and the Papas, not byJimi Hendrix.
The song became a Top 40 hit in 1970.Prior to becoming an actor. his jobs included picking fruit, digging ditches, driving trucks and fighting forest fires.Turned down an offer to play minor league baseball for the Pittsburgh Pirates because he was making more money upholstering caskets.
Attempted to qualify for the 1972 Olympics as a miler, running a time of 4:06.Recorded a half-dozen country/blues/jazz albums in the late ’60s and early ’70s.
He played Earl McGraw, the police officer with bad puns, in Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and then played Esteban Vinaio, the 80-year-old, smooth Mexican pimp who once was Bill’s mentor in Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004).
This makes him only one of two actors to appear in both Kill Bill films playing different characters. The other person to play separate roles in both films is Chia-Hui Liu.The official “Kill Bill” websites claim that he is “frequently cited by longtime fan Quentin Tarantino as the world’s greatest living actor.”.
Was a close friend of legendary director Jean Renoir.Father of actor James Parks.
He has played the character of Earl McGraw in three separate films involving Quentin Tarantino: From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003) and Grindhouse (2007) (both Death Proof (2007) and Planet Terror (2007)).He was a pall bearer for Lenny Bruce.Was discovered by Frank Silvera while acting in a play entitled “Compulsion” at age 18.
The pilot of the series Then Came Bronson (1969) reflects and drew heavily on the background of Parks’ own life story.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 age 16.Plays the lead, an aging, misguided NSA listener in indie thriller In ascolto (2006).Filming a new movie Julian Po (1997) with Christian Slater and Robin Tunney.