The Walking Dead’s Scott Wilson Dies at 76: Norman Reedus, Chandler Riggs, More Pay Tribute

Scott Wilson (Hershel Greene in 'The Walking Dead') has died at 76
Hershel Greene (Scott Wilson) – The Walking Dead _ Season 4, Episode 8 Gene Page/AMC

Scott Wilson, who played Hershel Greene on The Walking Dead, has died at the age of 76, TMZ reported on Saturday, October 6.

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The actor had been battling leukemia.

“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 to Us Weekly on Saturday. “The character he embodied on The Walking Dead, Hershel, lived at the emotional core of the show. Like Scott in our lives, Hershel was a character whose actions continue to inform our characters’ choices to this day. Our hearts go out to his wife, family, friends and to the millions of fans who loved him. Scott will be missed.”

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“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,” read a statement on the AMC show’s official Twitter account. “Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you!”

The acting veteran, who made his screen debut in 1967 with a role as a murder suspect in the Sidney Poitier film In the Heat of the Night, starred in more than 50 films including In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking and Pearl Harbor.

In 1980, he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor — Motion Picture for his role in The Ninth Configuration.

Wilson, who was born in the small town of Thomasville, Georgia, played veterinarian Greene on the hit AMC zombie series from 2011 to 2014.

TWD‘s showrunner Angela Kang said at the show’s panel at New York Comic-Con on Saturday that Wilson, along with former costars Sonequa Martin-Green (Sasha Williams) and Jon Bernthal (Shane Walsh), would be returning for the ninth season, which premieres on Sunday, October 7.

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It’s unclear how the trio will appear on the show — Bernthal’s character was stabbed to death by his former friend Rick (Andrew Lincoln) in season 2, Wilson left the show in season 4, and Martin-Green’s character was killed off in the season 7 finale.

Khary Payton, who plays Walking Dead‘s King Ezekiel, paid tribute to Wilson on Twitter on Saturday night, writing, “The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend.”

“Never met a guy I liked more than this one here ever,” Norman Reedus (Daryl Dixon) captioned a photo that showed him wearing an animal mask with Wilson. “I’m gonna miss u so much ‘my main squizz.'”

“today we lost one of the finest human beings myself and so many others have ever known,” wrote Laurie Holden (Andrea) as she shared a photo with her arms around her costar. “Scott Wilson was pure love, kindness, elegance & grace. He had the ability to make me smile on the darkest of days. He was pure LOVE. I will miss him for the rest of my life. #RIPScottWilson.”

“‘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,” Chandler Riggs, who played Carl Grimes, captioned a photo of Wilson on Instagram. “we all learned so much from you, and it’s so saddening to hear that you aren’t with us anymore. i’ll never forget the things you told me and the time we spent together on set. love you man. i’m gonna miss you.”

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