Walking Dead Wiki

Scott Wilson

5,808pages on
this wiki
Talk0
This article is about the actor. You may be looking for the TV Series character, or the other actor sharing his surname.
  Scott Wilson
SWCC2
Portrays Hershel Greene
Occupation Actor
Born March 29, 1942
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Age 74
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
Scott Wilson Gallery

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.
  • Scott had a special appearance in a Youtube fan video titled "HERSHEL'S LAND Machinima Finale (Skit)" where he tells the characters to get off his land, Chandler Riggs is also a character in the main series and finale

References


Cast (TV Series)
Main Cast Andrew Lincoln (1-6) • Chad Coleman (5) • Chandler Riggs (1-6) • Danai Gurira (3-6) • David Morrissey (3-4) • Emily Kinney (5) • Jeffrey DeMunn (1-2) • Jon Bernthal (1-2) • Lauren Cohan (3-6) • Laurie Holden (1-3) • Lennie James (6) • Melissa McBride (4-6) • Michael Cudlitz (5-6) • Michael Rooker (3) • Norman Reedus (2-6) • Sarah Wayne Callies (1-3) • Scott Wilson (4) • Sonequa Martin-Green (6) • Steven Yeun (1-6)
Also Starring Alanna Masterson (4-6) • Aldis Hodge (4) • Alexa Nikolas (3) • Alexandra Breckenridge (5-6) • Alicia Witt (6) • Andrew J. West (4-5) • Andrew Rothenberg (1) • Ann Mahoney (6) • Audrey Marie Anderson (4) • Austin Abrams (5-6) • Austin Amelio (6) • Austin Nichols (5-6) • Benedict Samuel (5-6) • Brandon Fobbs (4) • Brighton Sharbino (4) • Chad Coleman (3-4) • Chris Coy (5) • Christian Serratos (4-6) • Christine Evangelista (6) • Christine Woods (5) • Christopher Berry (6) • Corey Hawkins (6) • Cullen Moss (5) • Dallas Roberts (3) • Daniel Bonjour (5) • Denise Crosby (4-5) • Donzaleigh Abernathy (3) • Emily Kinney (2-4) • Emma Bell (1) • Enver Gjokaj (4) • Erik Jensen (5) • Ethan Embry (6) • IronE Singleton (2-3) • Jason Douglas (5-6) • Jeananne Goossen (6) • Jeff Kober (4) • Jill Jane Clements (6) • John Carroll Lynch (6) • Jose Pablo Cantillo (3-4) • Josh McDermitt (4-6) • Juan Gabriel Pareja (1) • Julio Cesar Cedillo (3) • Justin Miles (6) • Katelyn Nacon (6) • Keisha Castle-Hughes (5) • Kenric Green (6) • Kerry Condon (4) • Kirk Acevedo (4) • Kyla Kenedy (4) • Kyle Gallner (4) • Lauren Cohan (2) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (4-5) • Lennie James (1, 5) • Lew Temple (3) • Madison Lintz (2) • Major Dodson (6) • Maximiliano Hernandez (5) • Melissa McBride (2-3) • Melissa Ponzio (3-4) • Merritt Wever (6) • 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) • Rich Ceraulo (6) • Robin Lord Taylor (4-5) • Ross Marquand (5-6) • Rus Blackwell (6) • Scott Wilson (2-3) • Seth Gilliam (5-6) • Sonequa Martin-Green (3-5) • Steve Coulter (5) • Steven Ogg (6) • Stuart Greer (6) • Sunkrish Bala (4) • Tate Ellington (4-5) • Tom Payne (6) • Tovah Feldshuh (5-6) • Tyler James Williams (5) • Vincent Martella (4) • Xander Berkeley (6)
Co-Stars Aaron Munoz (2) • Adam Boyer (5) • Adam Minarovich (1-2) • Adrian Kali Turner (1) • Al Vicente (3) • Alec Rayme (6) • Alex Van (3) • Amber Chaney (2) • Amy Cain (2) • Amy Dionne (4) • Andy Glen (3) • Andrea Moore (5) • Anissa Matlock (5) • Ann Mahoney (5-6) • Anthony Guajardo (1) • April Billingsley (5) • Arthur Bridgers (3) • Benjamin Papac (5) • Beth Keener (6) • Bethany Anne Lind (6) • Brandon Carroll (4) • Brett Gentile (6) • Brian Hillard (2) • Brina Palencia (4) • Brody Rose (6) • Cameron Deane Stewart (4) • Carlos Aviles (6) • Cherie Dvorak (3) • Chris Burns (5) • Chris Gann (6) • Christopher Matthew Cook (5) • Claire Bronson (5) • Corey Brill (5) • Dahlia Legault (5-6) • Dango Nguyen (3) • Daniel Newman (6) • Daniel Thomas May (3-4) • Danny Vinson (4) • Darin Cooper (6) • Dave Randolph-Mayhem Davis (3) • Davi Jay (4) • David Marshall Silverman (5-6) • Deja Dee (2) • Dwayne Boyd (3) • Elena Sanchez (6) • Elijah Marcano (5) • E. Roger Mitchell (3) • Eric Mendenhall (4) • Erin Hunter (4) • G-Rod (6) • Gary Weeks (3) • Gina Morelli (1) • H. Patrik Coyne (6) • Ian Casselberry (6) • Ilan Srulovicz (6) • Irene Ziegler (4) • IronE Singleton (1) • James Allen McCune (2) • James Chen (6) • James Gonzaba (1) • Jan Harrelson (4) • Jane McNeill (2) • Jasmine Kaur (6) • Jason Alexander Davis (5-6) • Jay Huguley (6) • JD Evermore (4) • Jeremy Palko (6) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (1) • Jesse C. Boyd (5-6) • Jim R. Coleman (1) • Jimmy Gonzales (6) • Jonathan Kleitman (6) • Jordan Woods-Robinson (5-6) • Juliana Harkavy (4) • Justice Leak (5) • Justin Kucsulain (6) • Justin Miles (6) • Katelyn Nacon (5-6) • Karen Ceesay (6) • Karenlie Riddering (3) • Keedar Whittle (2) • Keisha Tillis (1) • Keith Brooks (4) • Kelley Davis (2) • Kennedy Brice (4) • Kenric Green (6) • Kevin Patrick Murphy (6) • Kimberly Leemans (6) • Kyle Clements (5) • Labrandon Shead (6) • Lance Tafelski (6) • Lawrence Kao (3) • LB Brown (6) • Linds Edwards (1) • Lindsay Abernathy (3) • Liz E. Morgan (6) • Luke Donaldson (4) • Maddie Lomax (1) • Madison Lintz (1) • Maia Moss-Fife (5) • Major Dodson (5) • Mandi Christine Kerr (5-6) • Marc Gowan (5) • Marcus Hester (4) • Markice Moore (3) • Matt Lowe (6) • Melissa McBride (1) • Michael Harding (4) Michael Traynor (5-6) • Mike Mayhall (3) • Myke Holmes (6) • Neil Brown Jr. (1) • Nelson Bonilla (5) • Nick Gomez (3) • Owen Harn (5) • Parker Wierling (3) • Peter Kulas (3) • Peter Zimmerman (6) • Phillip DeVona (2) • R. Keith Harris (6) • Ricky Wayne (5) • Rico Ball (5) • Robert Walker-Branchaud (6) • Russ Comegys (3) • Russell Towery (3) • Sherry Richards (4) • Steve Coulter (5) • Steven Sean Garland (6) • Susie Spear Purcell (5-6) • Tanner Holland (3) • Ted Huckabee (5-6) • Teri Wyble (5) • Theodus Crane (3) • Tiffany Morgan (5-6) • Tom Turbiville (4) • Travis Love (3-4) • Travis Young (5) • Troy Faruk (3) • Tyler Chase (3) • Vanessa Cloke (6) • Victor McCay (4) • Vincent Ward (3) • Viviana Chavez-Vega (1)
Special Guests Andrew Rothenberg (3) • Brighton Sharbino (5) • Chris Coy (5) • David Morrissey (5) • Emma Bell (3) • Jeffrey Dean Morgan (6) • Jeryl Prescott Sales (3) • Jon Bernthal (3) • Kyla Kenedy (5) • Lawrence Gilliard Jr. (5) • Lennie James (3)

Start a Discussion Discussions about Scott Wilson

Around Wikia's network

Random Wiki