RIP Scott Wilson of “The Walking Dead”

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Herschel Greene portrayer known as a consummate character actor

Though he doesn’t have a laundry list of awards to his credit, Scott Wilson – who died of leukemia Saturday at the age of 76 – became known in Hollywood circles as a character actor’s character actor, amassing an impressive body of work in a more than five-decade career marked by roles in such iconic films as “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), “In Cold Blood” (1967), “The Great Gatsby” (1974), ”The Right Stuff” (1983), “Dead Man Walking” (1995) and “The Last Samurai” (2003) and later TV work in “The OA,” “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and of course, his turn as veterinarian Herschel Greene on AMC’s zombie thriller series “The Walking Dead.”


Follow Hershel’s journey throughout The Walking Dead.

For the unpretentious Wilson, who intimated he still got a thrill out of walking onto a movie or TV set, it was all about the work, as he admitted in a 2011 interview.

“I don’t want to be a big movie star. I can be someone who walks the streets and not get mobbed. I want to be as fine an actor as I can be. I am still striving to be as good as I can be.”

George Dickie

George Dickie

George Dickie has been a features writer for Gracenote/Tribune Media Services since 1989, when “Hee-Haw” was still on the air and George “Goober” Lindsay was his first interview. His early interviews ranged from Jim Henson and Dick Van Dyke to Phil Collins and the Dixie Chicks.

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