Scott Wilson - Had the courage to follow his imagination!

Scott Wilson - Had the courage to follow his imagination!

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First Published: October 2002
Editor's Note:
Regretfully, Scott Wilson passed away on Sunday October 7, 2018. Cause of death is listed as complications of leukemia. He leaves us with a brilliant legacy of performances spanning back to the late 1960's.
Scott Wilson" Bosch" (2014)

Scott Wilson" Bosch" (2014)

Scott Wilson, Robert Blake | "In Cold Blood" (1967)
Scott Wilson | "In Cold Blood" (1967)
Scott Wilson, Richard Brooks | "In Cold Blood" (1967)
Scott Wilson, Burt Lancaster, Gene Hackman | "The Gypsy Moths" (1969)
Scott Wilson | "The Grissom Gang" (1971)
Tony Musante, Kim Darby, Scott Wilson | "The Grissom Gang" (1971)
Scott Wilson, Ed Lauter | "Lolly-Madonna XXX" (1973)
Scott Wilson, Stacy Keach | "The Ninth Configuration" (1980)
Richard Lynch, Scott Wilson | "The Ninth Configuration" (1980)
Scott Wilson | "The Right Stuff" (1983)
Scott Wilson | "The Exorcist III" (1990)
George C. Scott, Scott Wilson | "The Exorcist III" (1990)
Scott Wilson | "Young Guns II" (1990)
James Coburn, Viggo Mortensen, Scott Wilson, R. D. Call | "Young Guns II" (1990)
Scott Wilson | "Our God's Brother" (1997)
Scott Wilson | "Our God's Brother" (1997)
Scott Wilson | "G.I. Jane" (1997)
Scott Wilson | "Clay Pigeons" (1998)
Scott Wilson | "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000)
Scott Wilson | "Radio Free Albemuth" (2010)
Scott Wilson, Emily Kinney, Chandler Riggs | "The Walking Dead" (2010) [a]
Scott Wilson | "The Walking Dead" (2010) [a]
Scott Wilson | "The Walking Dead" (2010) [a]
Titus Welliver, Scott Wilson" Bosch" (2014)
Scott Wilson, Bradley James | "Damien" (2016) [b]

Scott Wilson's 1967 motion picture debut was nothing less than spectacular as he appeared in two of the motion picture industry's most classic films, "In the Heat of the Night" for director Norman Jewison and "In Cold Blood" for Richard Brooks, Scott Wilson has consistently achieved the highest industry and critical response. Whether in a leading role or as a special guest, Wilson's performances have traditionally been singled out as highlights in more than forty key motion pictures and half a dozen carefully selected television films during the course of his career.

The key to Wilson's success has been the careful selection of material and the association with many of the film industry's most illustrious directors. He has been cast in important roles by such perceptive directorial stars as Ridley Scott, Tim Robbins, Waiter Hill, Steve Kloves, Phil Kaufman, William Peter Blatty, Michael Bey, Danny Cannon, Jack Clayton, Robert Aldrich, John Frankenheimer, Sydney Pollack, and Krzysztof Zanussi, in addition to Jewison and Brooks.

Zanussi, the great Polish director, starred Wilson in "The Year of the Quiet Sun", hailed by critics as one of the most sensitive stories of romance during wartime conditions. The actor and director reunited in 1997 on "Our God's Brother" based on a play written by Karol Wojtla, now Pope John Paul II. "Our God's Brother" held its world premiere in Poland, where John Paul held a private audience for Wilson, Zanussi and their associates during his visit to his homeland. At the time, Pope John Paul made the unprecedented gesture of autographing Wilson's working script of the film, very likely the only film script extant that has been signed by a Pope. Later that year the film was screened for John Paul at the Pope's summer residence, Castel Gandaifo. After viewing the film the Pope said to Wilson, 'You have reached deeply into Adam Chmielowski (the title character, played by Wilson). I saw in you all of my thoughts about Adam Chmielowski.'

WIlson continues to be in demand for key roles in major motion pictures. In 1997 he co-starred with Demi Moore in Touchstone's "G.1. Jane" and with Vince Vaughn, Joaquin Phoenix and Janeane Garofalo in "Clay Pigeon" for Gramercy (both films made by Ridley Scott's company). Earlier, he starred in Dale Rosenbloom's "Shiloh", praised by critics as a family film worthy of both children and adults and in 1999 he starred in the sequel, "Shiloh II", "Shiloh Season". In 2000 he co-starred with Ryan Phillipe and Benecio Del Toro in Christopher MacQuarrie's "Way of the Gun" and followed this in 2001 with cameo appearances in the blockbuster hit Pearl Harbor and in the comedy romance "The Animal" with Rob Schneider. He also appeared with Timothy Olyphant and Josh Brolin in Victor Nunez's "Coastlines" and with Marg Helgenberger in "Burked" the opening season premiere of "CSI: Crime Scenes Investigations".

Since our initial publication, Scott has added strong performances on the big screen in: "Monster", "The Last Samurai", "Junebug", "The Heartbreak Kid", "Bottleworld", "Radio Free Albemuth", and more recently, "Hostiles". On TV he has combined episodic, longform & recurring roles in: "Justified", thirty seven episodes of "The Walking Dead", "Bosch", "Damien", "The OA", and the latest, "Robot Chicken".

A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Wilson experienced several challenges which inspired him to broaden his horizons. Moving to Los Angeles, he worked a variety of jobs until he chanced on an acting class and found his calling. He honed his craft with five years of classes, workshops,and some 24 theatre productions in Los Angeles until Jewison cast him with Rod Steiger and Sidney Poitier in "In the Heat of the Night", followed by playing the cold-blooded killer Richard Hickok in "In Cold Blood". Soon he found himself in major roles which led to more than 40 films, including "The Grissom Gang", "Lolly Madonna", "The New Centurions", "The Ninth Configuration" (which brought him a Golden Globe nomination from the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and Film Festival Awards), "On The Line" (which won him a Best Actor Award at the Cartagena Film Festival), "A Year of the Quiet Sun" (which won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival), "Dead Man Walking", and "The Great Gatsby". Wilson's television movies include "The X-Files" ("Orison3"), "The Jack Bull", "Elvis and the Colonel", "Jesse", "The Tracker", and "The Twilight Zone" ("Quarantine"). Wilson lives in Los Angeles and has been married for over 40 years to his wife, Heavenly, an attorney, artist and writer.

Scott Wilson's advice to the aspiring actor:

Listen.... and have the courage to follow your imagination.


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Scott Wilson's Credits
 2017 Robot Chicken (TV Series)
Hershel Greene
 2017 Hostiles
Cyrus Lounde
 2016 The OA (TV Series)
Abel Johnson
- Invisible Self (2016) ... Abel Johnson
- Empire of Light (2016) ... Abel Johnson
- Paradise (2016) ... Abel Johnson (credit only)
- Forking Paths (2016) ... Abel Johnson (credit only)
- Away (2016) ... Abel Johnson
 2016 Legion
Dr. Temple
 2016 Damien (TV Series)
John Lyons
- Ave Satani (2016) ... John Lyons
- Abattoir (2016) ... John Lyons
- Temptress (2016) ... John Lyons
- The Number of a Man (2016) ... John Lyons
- The Deliverer (2016) ... John Lyons
 2014-2015 Bosch (TV Series)
Dr. Guyot
- Chapter Ten: Us and Them (2015) ... Dr. Guyot
- Chapter Eight: High Low (2015) ... Dr. Guyot
- Chapter One: 'Tis the Season (2014) ... Dr. Guyot
 2011-2014 The Walking Dead (TV Series)
Hershel Greene / Walker Hershel Greene
- A (2014) ... Hershel Greene
- After (2014) ... Walker Hershel Greene
- Too Far Gone (2013) ... Hershel Greene
- Dead Weight (2013) ... Hershel Greene
- Live Bait (2013) ... Hershel Greene (credit only)
 2011 Enlightened (TV Series)
- Someone Else's Life (2011) ... Marv
 2011 Dorfman in Love
Winston Cooke Sr.
 2011 Five (TV Movie)
Bill (Older)
 2011 Justified (TV Series)
Frank Reasoner
- Blaze of Glory (2011) ... Frank Reasoner
 2010 Radio Free Albemuth
President Fremont
 2009 For Sale by Owner
Dr. Banks
 2009 Bottleworld
 2009 Saving Grace B. Jones
Reverend Potter
 2007 Big Stan
Warden Gasque
 2001-2006 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (TV Series)
Sam Braun
- Built to Kill: Part 2 (2006) ... Sam Braun
- Built to Kill: Part 1 (2006) ... Sam Braun
- Kiss Kiss, Bye Bye (2006) ... Sam Braun
- Grave Danger: Part 1 (2005) ... Sam Braun
- No More Bets (2004) ... Sam Braun
 2006 The Host
US Doctor in Morgue
 2006 Saving Shiloh
Judd Travers
 2006 Come Early Morning
Lowell Fowler
 2006 Open Window
Eddie Delaney
 2005 Law & Order (TV Series)
Ben Chaney
- Sport of Kings (2005) ... Ben Chaney
 2005 Junebug
 2003 The Last Samurai
Ambassador Swanbeck
 2003 Monster
Horton / Last "John"
 2003 Karen Sisco (TV Series)
- Dumb Bunnies (2003) ... Homer
 2002 Guide Season (TV Movie)
Charlie Hurnyak
 2002 Don't Let Go
Jimmy Ray Stevens
 2002 Coastlines
Pa Mann
 2002 Bark!
 2001 Pearl Harbor
Gen. George C. Marshall
 2001 The Animal
 2000 The Way of the Gun
Hale Chidduck
 2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell
Clete Monroe
 2000 The X-Files (TV Series)
Rev. Orison
- Orison (2000) ... Rev. Orison
 1999 Shiloh 2: Shiloh Season
Judd Travers
 1999 The Jack Bull (TV Movie)
 1998 Clay Pigeons
Sheriff Dan Mooney
 1998 Puraido: Unmei no toki
Prosecutor Joseph B. Keenan
 1997 G.I. Jane
C.O. Salem
 1997 Our God's Brother
Adam Chmielowski, Brother Albert
 1996 Shiloh
Judd Travers
 1995 Mother (Video)
Dr. Chase
 1995 Soul Survivors (TV Movie)
Bradley Facemeyer
 1995 Dead Man Walking
Chaplain Farley
 1995 The Grass Harp
Eugene Fenwick
 1995 Judge Dredd
Pa Angel (uncredited)
 1995 Tall Tale
 1993 Flesh and Bone
 1993 Elvis and the Colonel: The Untold Story (TV Movie)
Vernon Presley
 1991 Pure Luck
Frank Grimes
 1991 Femme Fatale
Dr. Beaumont
 1990 La cruz de Iberia
 1990 The Exorcist III
Dr. Temple
 1990 Young Guns II
Governor Lewis Wallace
 1989 Johnny Handsome
Mikey Chalmette
 1988 Jesse (TV Movie)
Sam Maloney
 1988 Dead or Alive (TV Movie)
John 'Red Jack' Stillwell
 1987 Malone
Paul Barlow
 1986 Blue City
Perry Kerch
 1986 The Twilight Zone (TV Series)
Matthew Foreman (segment "Quarantine")
- Welcome to Winfield/Quarantine (1986) ... Matthew Foreman (segment "Quarantine")
 1985 The Aviator
Jerry Stiller
 1984/I On the Line
 1983 The Right Stuff
Scott Crossfield
 1980 The Ninth Configuration
Capt. Billy Cutshaw
 1979 La ilegal
Police officer
 1976 The Passover Plot
 1974 The Great Gatsby
George Wilson
 1973 Lolly-Madonna XXX
 1971 The Grissom Gang
Slim Grissom
 1969 The Gypsy Moths
Malcolm Webson
 1969 Castle Keep
Cpl. Clearboy
 1967 In Cold Blood
 1967 In the Heat of the Night
Harvey Oberst

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[a] Photo by Gene Page / AMC
[b] © 2015 - Ben Mark Holzberg / A&E Networks

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