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Discussion in 'The Colbys' started by Richard Channing, May 10, 2017.

  1. Richard Channing

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    RIP Michael Parks: Hollywood's most underrated actor?

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    Michael Parks, who was named by directors Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith as one of their favourite actors, has died at the age of 77.

    Smith broke the news, describing Parks as "the best actor I've ever known" and "the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform".

    Smith cast him in Red State and Tusk, while he appeared in both of Tarantino's Kill Bill films.

    Tarantino described him in 1997 as "one of my favourite actors in the world".

    Parks made his name on US TV in the 1960s and with film roles including Adam in director John Huston's 1966 epic The Bible: In the Beginning...

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    Image captionParks (centre) with producer Dino de Laurentiis (left) and director John Huston on the set of 1966's The Bible
    He had the lead role in TV series Then Came Bronson in 1969-70 - which Tarantino described as "the most naturalistic acting I've ever seen on a TV show".

    He was likened at the time to James Dean - but never had a major breakthrough and his career faded.

    There were suggestions that he was shunned by Hollywood studios - which has been attributed to him speaking out about the violence in Then Came Bronson, a contract dispute with Universal, or being difficult to work with.

    Something of a career revival began when David Lynch cast him as Jean Renault in the second season of Twin Peaks, which aired in 1990.

    'A true legend'
    His other film credits included Django Unchained, Grindhouse, The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford and Argo.

    Director Robert Rodriguez, who cast him in From Dusk Till Dawn, said in 2011: "He was always considered to be the actor who should replace James Dean when James Dean passed, and his naturalism was just amazing to watch."

    Responding to the news of Parks's death, Rodriguez wrote on Twitter: "A heartfelt farewell to the one and only Michael Parks. A very kind man and a true legend."

    In his Instagram tribute on Wednesday, Kevin Smith added: "He elevated any flick or TV show he was in and elevated every director he ever acted for. I was so... blessed to have worked with this bona fide genius."
     
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  2. Karin Schill

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    I didn't realize he was in Django Unchained.

    Anyway sad news, my condolances to his family and friends. RIP
     
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  3. James from London

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    Philip Colby, innit?

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    He was great.
     
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    I just read this while watching The Colbys, where Philip has just been declared sterile via a doctor in court and so couldn't possibly be Miles' father. The universe is telling me something... I just don't know what.
     
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    Darn it, I think I've missed that storyline!
     
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  6. Alexis

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    Haha... I just read that back. Ooops! Jeff's father! I have Miles on the brain.
     
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    Phew! For a moment I thought my precious region 2 The Colbys DVD collection with the glossy slipcases was an edited version.

    Still, it would have been strange if he could have been Miles' father...or was he just too sterile for Jeff?
     
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  8. Willie Oleson

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    Btw, I still don't like that filthy Chinese river in the opening credits.
     
  9. Alexis

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    You might prefer his DYNASTY 69 credit.
     
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  10. phil colby

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    I can`t believe it! I am so sad... one of my alltime favourite actors. RIP Michael
     
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    Sad indeed. Highly enjoyed him as Phillip, such a great addition to the cast. I guess my favourite of his scenes is that with Stephanie Beacham, they were standing outside at night in front of the Colby house and talking about old times. Always amazes me, how those two interact, there is a whole book full of subtext going on between them. Acting at it's best! I think i'll upload that scene later here.
     
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    And here we go:

     
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    Turns out he made records. I'd like to own this one:

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    Wow, what a talent. That song makes me forget time and space. And what a loss. :(
     
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    Lovely. It sounds almost exactly how I hoped it would sound.
     
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    Rest in peace, Michael Parks!
    How many of those great guys have we lost already? John Forsythe, Lloyd Bochner, Christopher Cazenove, Charlton Heston, Lee Bergere, Ricardo Montalbán, Ken Howard, Paul Burke ... sooo sad :(
     
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    I was sorry to hear of Michael Parks’ death. My sympathies to his friends and family.
     
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    what a wonderful intense scene, man!
     
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