‘The Walking Dead’s Scott Wilson Has Died

Scott Wilson
LOS ANGELES - MAR 1: Scott Wilson arrives at the "Walking Dead" PaleyFEST Event at the Saban Theater on March 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, CA (Kathy Hutchins / Shutterstock.com)

Scott Wilson, a leading cast member of The Walking Dead from 2010 and 2014 has died. He was 76.

His death was announced Saturday on The Walking Dead official Twitter account. Details surrounding his death were immediately available.

Wilson played Hershel Greene on the hit TV series. He frequently appeared on The Walking Dead starting in 2010 through 2014. His character helped the survivors led by star Andrew Lincoln in battling the show’s zombies. The character was killed off in season four.

Wilson’s death came shortly after it was announced at The Walking Dead panel at New York Comic Con that Wilson would be among past cast members appearing in the AMC show’s ninth season, which debuts on Sunday. Wilson had already filmed his scenes for the show.

Scott Wilson
Scott Wilson at “The Walking Dead” Season Four Premiere, AMC Universal Citywalk Stadium 19, Universal City, CA 10-03-13 (s_bukley / Shutterstock.com)

“Scott will always be remembered as a great actor and we all feel fortunate to have known him as an even better person,” AMC said in a statement Saturday.

Wilson was born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942. He graduated from high school in 1960. He would later leave college and hitchhike to Los Angeles to become an actor. After five years, he broke out in several movies including appearing in In The Heat of the Night, and then in In Cold Blood. 

He played a major role in 1974’s The Great Gatsby in which his character killed Jay Gatsby while at his mansion swimming pool, then turned the gun on himself. He received a Golden Globe nomination in 1980 for his work as a supporting actor as Captain Billy Cutshaw in the movie The Ninth Configuration.

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