Character actor Michael Parks has died, aged 77.

Considered an “actor’s actor” by his peers, Michael Parks’ face will be immediately familiar, even if the name doesn’t immediately ring a bell. Yes – that guy.

A stalwart of TV throughout the 1960s – most notably as Harley-riding reporter Jim Bronson in Then Came Bronson (1969) – Parks’ gravelly voice and effortless ability to appear intimidating saw him regularly cast as southern lawmen, tough guys and assorted blue collar and redneck characters.

Following a semi-regular part as Jean Renault in Twin Peaks (1990-1), Parks enjoyed a major career revival during the 1990s thanks to Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez, who cast him as Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996) – a role he would briefly reprise in the pair’s Grindhouse (2007) double-bill Planet Terror and Death Proof. He also appeared in Q.T.’s Kill Bill 1 & 2 (2003-4) and Django Unchained (2012).

Parks found another champion in fan filmmaker Kevin Smith, delivering a chilling performance as bigoted cult leader Abin Cooper in Red State (2011) before turning Justin Long into a walrus in Tusk (2014).

His other notable film appearances include The Evictors (1979), The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007), Argo (2012) and We Are What We Are (2013).