Birth Place: Atlanta, Georgia, USA
Scott Wilson is a 5' 10 3/4 " (1.8 m) American actor that was born on March 29, 1942, in Thomasville, Atlanta, Georgia, USA to parents Jewel and Thomas Wilson. Thomas died in 1960 resulting in Jewel to move their family to her hometown which is 200 miles south of Atlanta. Scott had to leave his high school that he attended for three years to attend his new high school, Thomasville High School in his mother's hometown. He has more than 75 acting credits since the late 1960s. Scott played Hershel Greene, who was a veterinarian and one of the leading cast members of the AMC television series The Walking Dead from 2011 to 2014. TV Guide wrote that Hershel/Scott had contributed "subtle shades of humanity to the character of Hershel Greene."
He also had a recurring role as casino mogul Sam Braun and father of crime-scene investigator Catherine Willows on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Scott started his acting career by portraying characters that are murder suspects in Heat of the Night (1967), In Cold Blood (1967), and Castle Keep (1969). Director Norman Jewison gave Scott his big break when he cast Scott as a murder suspect in In the Heat of the Night (1967) which paved the way for him. The films I know him for besides the AMC television series The Walking Dead are Monster (2003), Dead Man Walking (1995), and The Last Samurai (2003).
A few of Scott's other early films were: The Gypsy Moths (1969), The Grissom Gang (1971), Lolly-Madonna x*x (1973), The New Centurions (1972), The Great Gatsby (1974), The Ninth Configuration (1980), The Right Stuff (1983), A Year of the Quiet Sun (1984) and Malone (1987). A few places he filmed on location was in South Korea, Japan, and Spain. He started his acting career in 1967 and is still going strong today, 2016.
Scott told Access Atlanta's Rodney Ho in Senoia, Georgia while being interviewed about his career that "It's been up and down. It's always been. You have dry spells. At different times, you are starting over. If you love it, you stay with it. That's what I'm doing. I've accomplished more than I would have hoped to have accomplished. I don't want to be a big movie star. I can be someone who walks the streets and does not get mobbed. I want to be as fine an actor as I can be. I am still striving to be as good as I can be."
Scott was awarded a basketball scholarship to Georgia's Southern Polytechnic University in Marietta, Georgia to study architecture after he graduated Thomasville High School. He attended the school but left shortly after because of health issues. He impulsively hitchhiked to Los Angeles, California when he was 19 years old (1961) and enrolled in acting classes soon after. He met an actor in a bar who took Scott to one of his auditions. Scott was surprised when he got the chance to audition and was not discouraged after he did not receive the role. Instead, he was thrilled and knew what he wanted to do with his life. He continued working several menial jobs as he studied for about five years broadening his experience in local theater.
Scott lives with his wife Heavenly who is an attorney, accomplished artist, and writer and has been married to Scott for almost four decades. The couple resides in Los Angeles.
1968 - Laurel Award nominated him for Male New Face
1967, May 12 - Scott was 25 years old when he appeared on the cover of Life Magazine
1977 - Married Heavenly Koh whom he is still married to.
1980 - Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Ninth Configuration (1980)
1998 - He won the Florida Film Festival Special Achievement Award
2007 - He won the Ralph Morgan Award
2012, August - He was arrested and charged with drunk driving in Peachtree, Georgia.
Scott has appeared in 10 televisions shows from 1986 -2016 including:
The Twilight Zone (1986), The X-Files (2000), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2001-2006), Karen Sisco (2003), Law & Order (2005), Justified (2011), Enlightened (2011), The Walking Dead
(2011-2014), Bosch (2014-2015) and Damien (2016)
A few of Scott's Quotes:
"I will say this: the first film that I was on was 'In the Heat of the Night', that Norman Jewison directed with Sidney Poitier. I'm on the set, and I'm totally taking it for granted. Everyone is working for everyone else and pulling for the very best, and it makes everyone better because you feel that effort and concern and appreciation."
"I am cursed with the inability to sleep on planes - ever."
"When you arrive to a set and you see the sky all lit up and the sets all lit up, for me it is very exhilarating and it's a lot of fun. It's really fun to see that and to be a part of it. It's just like going to the circus."
"Music can get me through anything."
"I love getting into the research for the characters that I play. You do all that research and then you just give yourself to it and let go and allow it to take you where it wants to go."
"I learned very early on just how important it is to work with good people. It's important to have a good prop department, and a good director of photography. A lot of people don't understand just how collaborative filmmaking is. Actors often get credit for making a film great, but filmmaking is a total collaboration and everyone should get the credit."
"I am a stickler for always having to know what time it is."