O ator norte-americano Michael Parks, um dos favoritos dos realizadores Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodríguez e Kevin Smith, morreu na terça-feira em Los Angeles, aos 77 anos, anunciou hoje a sua agente, sem precisar a causa da morte.

Numa carreira que se prolongou por cinco décadas, Parks representou em mais de 100 filmes e séries televisivas, incluindo a série de culto do início dos anos 1990 “Twin Peaks”, de David Lynch, que regressa este mês ao pequeno ecrã com a terceira temporada, após um intervalo de 26 anos, com quase todos os mesmos atores.

Muitos dos papéis de protagonista dos seus primeiros anos foram em filmes da contracultura dos anos 1960, entre os quais “Wild Seed” e “Bus Riley’s Back in Town” (“Braços de Veludo”), juntamente com Ann-Margret.

Também interpretou o papel de um jornalista desiludido que conduzia uma mota Harley-Davidson na série de 1969 “Then Came Bronson”.

A carreira de Michael Parks teve um segundo fôlego graças ao interesse de cineastas como Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodríguez e Kevin Smith, em cujos respetivos filmes “Kill Bill”, “From Dusk Till Dawn” (“Aberto Até de Madrugada”) e “Tusk” encarnou personagens memoráveis.

O diretor cinematográfico Kevin Smith já deixou uma mensagem longa e sincera ao actor, considerando-o a sua "musa cinematográfica". 


I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known. I wrote both #RedState and @tuskthemovie FOR Parks, I loved his acting so much. He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set. From the moment I saw him steal the opening scene of #fromdusktildawn at an advance screening at the Sunset 5 back in the mid-90's, I said to @samosier "Could you imagine what it must be like to work with a Yoda of acting like that guy? I gotta write for him one day." It took me 15 years but my dream came true on Red State (for which Parks won Best Actor at the @sitgesfestival) and then again years later with #tusk. Only Michael Parks could have delivered the line "Is man indeed a walrus at heart?" and make it scary as fuck. My favorite memory of Michael is watching him and #johnnydepp act with and at each other, like a couple of dueling wizards, in their shared scene in Tusk. Parks was in Heaven that day, sharing the screen with another brilliant actor and creating an unforgettable performance. He elevated any flick or TV show he was in and elevated every director he ever acted for. I was so fucking blessed to have worked with this bonafide genius. But really, I was just lucky to have known him at all. My heart goes out to James (Michael's son), Oriana (Michael's wife), Quentin Tarantino (Michael's biggest fan) and any movie or music lover who was ever dazzled by the talents of Michael Parks. Farewell, old friend. I'll see you farther along... #KevinSmith #actor #genius #rip #walrusyes

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