Legendary actor Scott Wilson has passed away at the age of 76.
Wilson passed away peacefully at home after a battle with complications from leukemia, as confirmed by his rep, Dominic Mancini. The news came shortly after AMC and new The Walking Dead showrunner, Angela Kang, announced plans for Wilson to reprise his role as Hershel in the upcoming ninth season of the hit AMC drama. The Hollywood Reporter was able to confirm the actor filmed his scenes for the upcoming season prior to his death.
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Following the news of Wilson's death, the official Walking Dead Twitter account expressed its condolences for friends and family of the talented actor.
We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018
Wilson began his career in 1967 with In the Heat of the Night, in which he played the role of Harvey Oberst. The film went on to earn an Oscar for Best Picture and helped launch Wilson's lengthy career. Following his turn as Oberst, Wilson went on to play real-life murderer Dick Hickock for In Cold Blood, a role that cemented the actor as one of Hollywood's best. He later went on earn a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor in the 1980 film, The Ninth Configuration, for his work as Capt. Billy Cupshaw.
In recent years, however, he was best known on the smaller screen. From 2001 to 2006, Wilson played the character Sam Braun on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, the father of CSI team member Catherine Willow (Marg Helgenberger). The actor later followed up his CSI stint with the role of Hershel Greene on AMC's The Walking Dead, a character he played for four seasons prior to meeting his end in a rather gruesome matter. He also appeared on the Netflix series The OA, as well as the Amazon series Bosch and the short-lived Damien.
Wilson's Hershel will return to Season 9 of The Walking Dead along with Sonequa Martin-Green and Jon Bernthal, both of whom also left the series. The scenes look to mark his final work prior to losing his battle with cancer.