Asbury Park Press
Published 12:37 PM EDT Oct 7, 2018
Actor Scott Wilson, 76, died Saturday, according to a tribute from Skybound, the entertainment company behind founder Robert Kirkman's "The Walking Dead."
Wilson was known for his role as veterinarian Hershel Greene on "The Walking Dead," from 2011 to 2014. His other notable credits include the murderer Robert Hickock in 1967's "In Cold Blood" and murder suspect Harvey Oberst in "In the Heat of the Night."
The official "Walking Dead" Twitter account confirmed his death Saturday night: "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!"
Word of Wilson's death came just hours after the series' new showrunner, Angela Kang, appeared at New York Comic Con and teased cameo appearances by Wilson, Jon Bernthal and Soneque Martin-Green in the show's ninth season, which premieres Sunday night on AMC.
Wilson had already filmed his scenes for Season 9.
In a statement posted Saturday to Twitter, AMC said: "Scott will be remembered as a great actor and an even better person. The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him."
Stars who shared the screen with Wilson took to social media to pay their respects
Chandler Riggs, who played Carl Grimes on the post-apocalyptic series, said he will "never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set."
He continued: "'My main squiz'. scott and i always said that to each other on set (followed by finger guns), and i still have no idea what it means - but man am i gonna miss you. we all learned so much from you, and it’s so saddening to hear that you aren’t with us anymore."
Wilson's onscreen daughter in "The Walking Dead" praised "the best tv dad a girl could ask for." Emily Kinney, who played Beth Greene, continued: "An amazing actor, inspiration, and friend. Love you, Scott. I miss you. RIP."
Tom Payne, who portrayed Paul "Jesus" Rovia, called Wilson an "absolute legend."
Tyler James Williams, who played Noah, thanked Wilson for his contribution to the "Walking Dead" franchise family: "I will never forget the warmth this man carried at all times. One of those people who walked into a room and made a point to bring a smile to everyone’s face. Rest well, sir. Thank you for it all."
Major Dodson, who portrayed Sam Anderson on the hit series, called Wilson a "friend and extraordinary actor."
Steve Coulter, who portrayed Reg Monroe, said Wilson "left quite a mark (on) so many people."
Lew Temple, who brought Axel to life in the post-apocalyptic show, said Wilson taught him so much: "Devastated by the passing of Scott Wilson. He was a true Gentleman, a Son, a Husband, a Father, a Friend. An Artist of such excellence. He was forever Young, and made everything better. My deepest Respect and Condolences to his. I am honored to have know(n) him."
The upcoming season will be the final one for Andrew Lincoln, who plays the show's central character, Rick Grimes.
Contributing: Cydney Henderson and The Associated Press
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