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Then Came Michael Parks
May 11, 2017  | By Eric Gould  | 1 comment
 
Actor Michael Parks passed away yesterday, (5/10/17) in Los Angeles. Parks was known more recently for edgy roles in Kill Bill and Grindhouse. But us youngsters remember him fondly for his breakout TV role in Then Came Bronson (1969-70), where he played a lonesome vagabond, an ex-newspaperman who gave it all up and took to the highway on a motorcycle. Bronson’s beat-generation journey took him to a new town each week, entering a new character’s life, offering a soulful helping hand wherever he could. The title sequence here opened with a tired commuter in a station wagon striking up a conversion with Bronson at a red light – young and free on his Harley. “Man,” the driver shrugs wistfully, “I wish I was you.“ So did we. —Eric Gould

 
 
 
 
 
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wilberfan
Thanks for this. As one of the youngsters you refer to, THIS is how I always think of Mr. Parks. RIP, friend.
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