'The Walking Dead' actor Scott Wilson dies at 76

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'The Walking Dead' actor Scott Wilson dies at 76

Scott Wilson was one of the finest character actors of all time.

Wilson, whose acting credits date back to the 1967 movies "In the Heat of the Night" and "In Cold Blood", played a veterinarian turned farmer in the zombie apocalypse drama series.

"The AMC Games team can't wait for fans to see what lies in store for their favorite characters when Season 9 of "The Walking Dead" debuts this Sunday".

Most recently, Wilson starred in the Netflix series "The OA", where he filmed his part for season 2 that still hasn't been released yet.

His death was announced just hours after Walking Dead showrunner Angela Kang confirmed he was one of three actors to return for a cameo in season nine. He was a regular on The Walking Dead from its inception in 2010 through 2014.

"I really will miss him and the gentle, compassionate eyes that gave Hershel so much soul", he wrote.

Wilson was born in Atlanta, Georgia on March 29, 1942.

The official Twitter account for "The Walking Dead" comic book also paid tribute to Wilson, saying they were "deeply saddened" to hear of his passing.

"When we lost Hershel on the show it was a week after my own father passed away and when Scott came on he Talking Dead he said so many kind and wonderful things to me afterwards that brought me great comfort".

Wilson had notable roles as George Wilson in 1974's The Great Gatsby and as Chaplain Farley in 1995's Dead Man Walking. He also nabbed a Golden Globe nod for Best Supporting Actor for the 1980 film The Ninth Configuration. He said in a interview with the Los Angeles Times in 1996 that "every actor in the English-speaking world wanted those two roles, including Newman and McQueen". We met in 2000 while filming X-Files, kept in touch with each other and got to work on couple of other shows together over the years.

He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Heavenly Koh Wilson.

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