Scott Wilson, ‘Walking Dead,’ ‘In Cold Blood’ Star, Dead at 76

2017 TCM Classic Film Festival - The 50th Anniversary Screening of 'In the Heat of the Night' (1967) Red Carpet & Opening Night LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 06: (EDITOR'S NOTE: image has been shot in black and white. Color version not available.) Actor Scott Wilson attends the 50th anniversary …
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NEW YORK (AP) — Scott Wilson, who played the murderer Robert Hickock in 1967′s “In Cold Blood” and was a series regular on “The Walking Dead,” has died. He was 76.

AMC, the show’s network, announced Wilson’s death Saturday. The network calls Wilson’s character on “The Walking Dead,” veterinarian Hershel Greene, “the emotional core of the show.”

Wilson starred on series from 2011 to 2014. His return for the upcoming season was announced just hours earlier on Saturday. Wilson already filmed his scenes for season nine.

Robert Blake, Richard Brooks, Scott Wilson

Scott Wilson, ‘In Cold Blood’ and ‘Walking Dead’ actor, dies

Andrew Lincoln and Scott Wilson in The Walking Dead (Frank Ockenfels/3/AMC, 2010)

In the same year as Wilson’s breakthrough in “In Cold Blood,” he also played murder suspect Harvey Oberst in “In the Heat of the Night.”

He appeared in 1974′s “The Great Gatsby” as George Wilson, in “The Right Stuff” as pilot Scott Crossfield and earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1980 for his performance in “The Ninth Configuration,” in which he played a former astronaut.

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