Scott Wilson Biography

Birthday: 1942-03-29
Place of Birth: Atlanta, Georgia
Height: 5' 10¾" (1.80 m)
Wiki Biography: 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 Hickok 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 raves as the garage owner who shoots Robert Redford's title character to death in Gatsby's backyard swimming pool; The Ninth Configuration (1980), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination; The Right Stuff (1983); the Venice Film Festival winner A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984) [A Year of the Quiet Sun]; Malone (1987) and Johnny Handsome (1989). 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) (TV). 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. Wilson lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 32 years, Heavenly, an attorney and accomplished artist and writer.

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Monster 2003 Crime
The Walking Dead Hershel Greene 2010 Drama
Descending Himself 2012 Adventure
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
In Cold Blood Dick 1968 Crime, Drama, History
The Gypsy Moths 1969 Action, Drama, Romance
The New Centurions 1972 Crime, Drama
The Ninth Configuration Capt. Billy Cutshaw 1980 Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Rok spokojnego slonca Norman 1985 Drama, Romance
The Aviator Jerry Stiller 1985 Adventure, Drama
Blue City Perry Kerch 1986 Action, Crime, Drama
Malone Paul Barlow 1987 Game Show, 0
Downstream Mitch 1987 Drama
Jesse Sam Maloney 1988
Johnny Handsome Mikey Chalmette 1989 Crime, Drama, Thriller
The Exorcist III Dr. Temple 1990 Game Show, Reality Tv
Pure Luck Frank Grimes 1991 Comedy, Crime, Mystery
Femme Fatale Dr. Beaumont 1991 Drama, Mystery
Flesh and Bone 1993 Drama, Mystery, Romance
Dead Man Walking 1995 0
The Walking Dead Hershel Greene 1995 0
Tall Tale 1995 Adventure, Family, Fantasy
Shiloh Judd Travers 1996
The Grass Harp Eugene Fenwick 1996 Drama, Comedy
Our God's Brother Adam Chmielowski, Brother Albert 1997
Clay Pigeons 1998 Comedy, 0, Game Show
Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season Judd Travers 1999
The Way of the Gun 2000 Comedy, 0, Game Show
South of Heaven, West of Hell Clete Monroe 2000 Drama
The Animal Mayor 2001
Animal Mayor 2001 Comedy
Puraido: Unmei no toki Prosecutor Joseph B. Keenan 2001 Drama, History
Bark! Harold 2002 Comedy, Drama
Don't Let Go Jimmy Ray Stevens 2002 Drama
Monster 2003 Comedy
Saving Shiloh Judd Travers 2006
Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon Eugene 2006
The Sensation of Sight 2006 0
Open Window Eddie Delaney 2006 Drama
Big Stan Warden Gasque 2007
Come Early Morning 2007 Drama, Romance
The Heartbreak Kid Boo 2007 Comedy, Romance
Saving Grace B. Jones Reverend Potter 2009 Game Show
For Sale by Owner Dr. Banks 2009 Drama, Horror, Thriller
Kiss the Abyss Mark 2012
The Great Gatsby George Wilson 2013 Biography
Dorfman in Love Winston Cooke Sr. 2013 Comedy, Romance
The Monster Horton Rohrbach 2016 0, Reality Tv