1942 – 2018
Legendary actor, Scott Wilson, died Saturday at the age of 76.
Today most people probably remember him as Hershel Greene from The Walking Dead, but for me he will always be Dick Wilson from 1967s In Cold Blood, the chilling account of the 1959 murders of the Clutter family in Holcomb, Kansas, and based on the book by Truman Capote (of which I happen to own a first edition, so there. If you haven’t read it you are an illiterate slob, and should procure thyself a copy, toot sweet). Wilson starred opposite Robert Blake as Perry Smith, and the role was only Wilson’s second major outing as an actor. A damn fine start I’d say.
Another role for which I will always remember Scott was the very minor role of George Wilson, Myrtle’s hapless husband in The Great Gatsby, who takes down Jay before putting himself out of his misery. And no, I’m not talking about the Leonardo DiCaprio remake in which the role was played by Jason Clarke (who?), and also starred that putz Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. Tobey Maguire’s face bugs me in addition to his acting. But I digress.
Lest we limit his filmography to but three roles, let it be known that Scott had a buttload of acting credits under his belt.
God speed, Scott. You will be missed.