The veteran actor died at 77, director Kevin Smith confirmed on Instagram on Wednesday.
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Smith, who worked with Parks on films like Tusk and Red State, wrote a touching tribute to the actor on social media.
"I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known," Smith shared. "I wrote both #RedState and @tuskthemovie For Parks, I loved his acting so much. He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set."
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Parks was perhaps best known for his roles in Quentin Tarantino films like Kill Bill, and Django Unchained, but broke into the industry in the early '60s with