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  Scott Wilson
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Portrays Hershel Greene
Occupation Actor
Born March 29, 1942
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Age 72
Years Active 1967-Present
Gender Male
Hair White
Ethnicity Caucasian-American
Spouse Heavenly Wilson (1977-Present)
Also Known For Judd Travers in the Shiloh film trilogy
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Scott Wilson is an American actor who portrayed Hershel Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead.

One chillingly infamous screen role for Scott Wilson in 1967 set the mark for an actor who went on to prove himself one of movie's most invaluable character players for the past four decades. The Georgia-born native (Atlanta born and raised) was awarded a basketball scholarship following high school at Georgia's Southern Tech University to study architecture. Instead, Wilson hitchhiked to Los Angeles on a whim and hooked up one day with an actor he met in a bar who took him on one of his auditions. Allowed to audition himself by chance, Wilson lost the part but was absolutely hooked. Working an assortment of menial jobs, he studied for nearly five years while gaining experience in such local theater productions as The Importance of Being Earnest.

Scott's fledgling career took off big time after being discovered by director Norman Jewison, who cast him as the murder suspect in In the Heat of the Night (1967) starring Sidney Poitier and Best Actor Rod Steiger. If that wasn't a sufficient enough beginning, Wilson immediately followed this with the co-lead role of murderer Richard Hickock in the stark and disturbing In Cold Blood (1967), a superlative adaptation of Truman Capote best-selling docu-novel. It didn't hurt that Scott himself had a startling resemblance to the real-life killer. Co-starring with Robert Blake as two ex-cons who are eventually executed for the senseless, brutal slaughter of a Kansas farm family, the critically-acclaimed film put both men squarely on the movie map.

Although a serious contender, out-and-out stardom did not come about for the quietly handsome, slightly forlorn-looking actor. Major roles in major pictures, however, did. Among Scott's early film work were Castle Keep (1969) and The Gypsy Moths (1969), both starring Burt Lancaster; The Grissom Gang (1971); Lolly-Madonna XXX (1973) (again with Steiger); The New Centurions (1972); The Great Gatsby (1974), in which he earned rstival winner A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984); Malone (1987) and Johnny Handsome (1989). In (1995) Wilson further showed his talent for playing dark characters when he played a prison chaplian [Chaplain Farlely] in the Director, Tim Robbins' film, Dead Man Walking Starring Sean Penn and Susan Sarandon. TV also showed off Scott's dark, controlled intensity and wide range in later years, appearing in guest spots on such popular dramas as The X-Files and The Twilight Zone, and in a recurring role as Marg Helgenberger's unscrupulous mobster father in CSI. In mini-movies Scott played everything from Elvis' father in Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (1993) (TV) to a Wyoming governor in The Jack Bull (1999).

Hardly one of Hollywood's flashiest good 'ol boys, the rather taciturn, unassuming actor has preferred to remain discrete and let his performances do the talking. His output has been minimal compared to other character stars, but he has remained in the quality ranks nevertheless, mixing his standard penchant for darker movies with such family-oriented films as Shiloh (1996) and its 2006 sequel.

Supporting the newer "young guns" these days, he appeared with Vince Vaughn in Clay Pigeons (1998) and Ryan Phillippe in The Way of the Gun (2000), and ended up one of serial killer Charlize Theron's victims in Monster (2003). Recent strong showings on the big screen have included a lead part as a rockabilly star in Don't Let Go (2002) and his down-home patriarch in the superb ensemble art film Junebug (2005), a breakout hit with Academy voters. He has also appeared in an episode of Justified as a bank robber (2010). Wilson currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 35 years, Heavenly, an attorney and accomplished artist and writer.

Trivia

  • Scott Wilson began his acting career when he accidentally signed up for an acting class while drunk. [1]
  • During the filming of "Sick", as he was playing an unconscious Hershel, he fell asleep on the prison beds.

References


Cast (TV Series)
Main Cast Andrew Lincoln (1-5) • Chad Coleman (5) • Chandler Riggs (1-5) • Danai Gurira (3-5) • David Morrissey (3-4) • Emily Kinney (5) • Jeffrey DeMunn (1-2) • Jon Bernthal (1-2) • Lauren Cohan (3-5) • Laurie Holden (1-3) • Melissa McBride (4-5) • Michael Cudlitz (5) • Michael Rooker (3-4) • Norman Reedus (2-5) • Sarah Wayne Callies (1-3) • Scott Wilson (4) • Steven Yeun (1-5)
Also Starring Alanna Masterson (4-5) • Aldis Hodge (4) • Alexa Nikolas (3) • Andrew J. West (4-5) • Andrew Rothenberg (1) • Audrey Marie Anderson (4) • Brandon Fobbs (4) • Brighton Sharbino (4) • Chad Coleman (3-4) • Chris Coy (5) • Christian Serratos (4-5) • Christine Woods (5) • Cullen Moss (5) • Dallas Roberts (3) • Denise Crosby (4-5) • Donzaleigh Abernathy (3) • Emily Kinney (2-4) • Emma Bell (1) • Enver Gjokaj (4) • Erik Jensen (5) • IronE Singleton (2-3) • Jeff Kober (4) • Jose Pablo Cantillo (3-4) • Josh McDermitt (4-5) • Juan Gabriel Pareja (1) • Julio Cesar Cedillo (3) • Keisha Castle-Hughes (5) • Kerry Condon (4) • Kirk Acevedo (4) • Kyla Kenedy (4) • Kyle Gallner (4) • Lauren Cohan (2) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (4-5) • Lennie James (1) • Lew Temple (3) • Madison Lintz (2) • Maximiliano Hernandez (5) • Melissa McBride (2-3) • Melissa Ponzio (3-4) • Meyrick Murphy (4) • Michael Cudlitz (4) • Michael Raymond James (2) • Michael Rooker (1-2) • Michael Zegen (2) • Noah Emmerich (1) • Noel Gugliemi (1) • Norman Reedus (1) • Pruitt Taylor Vince (2) • Robin Lord Taylor (4-5) • Scott Wilson (2-3) • Seth Gilliam (5) • Sonequa Martin-Green (3-5) • Sunkrish Bala (4) • Tate Ellington (4-5) • Tyler James Williams (5) • Vincent Martella (4)
Co-Stars Adam Boyer (5) • Aaron Munoz (2) • Adam Minarovich (1 -2) • Adrian Kali Turner (1) • Al Vicente (3) • Alex Van (3) • Amber Chaney (2) • Amy Cain (2) • Amy Dionne (4) • Andy Glen (3) • Andrea Moore (5) • Anissa Matlock (5) • Anthony Guajardo (1) • April Billingsley (5) • Arthur Bridgers (3) • Benjamin Papac (5) • Brandon Carroll (4) • Brian Hillard (2) • Brina Palencia (4) • Cameron Deane Stewart (4) • Cherie Dvorak (3) • Chris Burns (5) • Christopher Matthew Cook (5) • Dango Nguyen (3) • Daniel Thomas May (3-4) • Danny Vinson (4) • Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis (3) • Davi Jay (4) • Deja Dee (2) • Dwayne Boyd (3) • E. Roger Mitchell (3) • Eric Mendenhall (4) • Erin Hunter (4) • Gary Weeks (3) • Gina Morelli (1) • Irene Ziegler (4) • IronE Singleton (1) • James Allen McCune 2) • James Gonzaba (1) • Jan Harrelson (4) • Jane McNeill (2) • JD Evermore (4) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (1) • Jim R. Coleman (1) • Juliana Harkavy (4) • Justice Leak (5) • Karenlie Riddering (3) • Keedar Whittle (2) • Keisha Tillis (1) • Keith Brooks (4) • Kelley Davis (2) • Kennedy Brice (4) • Kyle Clements (5) • Lawrence Kao (3) • Linds Edwards (1) • Lindsay Abernathy (3) • Luke Donaldson (4) • Maddie Lomax (1) • Madison Lintz (1) • Marc Gowan (5) • Marcus Hester (4) • Markice Moore (3) • Melissa McBride (1) • Michael Harding (4) • Mike Mayhall (3) • Neil Brown Jr. (1) • Nelson Bonilla (5) • Nick Gomez (3) • Owen Harn (5) • Parker Wierling (3) • Peter Kulas (3) • Phillip DeVona (2) • Ricky Wayne (5) • Rico Ball (5) • Russ Comegys (3) • Russell Towery (3) • Sherry Richards (4) • Tanner Holland (3) • Teri Wyble (5) • Theodus Crane (3) • Tom Turbiville (4) • Travis Love (3-4) • Travis Young (5) • Troy Faruk (3) • Tyler Chase (3) • Victor McCay (4) • Vincent Ward (3) • Viviana Chavez-Vega (1)
Special Guests Andrew Rothenberg (3) • Emma Bell (3) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (3) • Jon Bernthal (3) • Lennie James (3)

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