Scott Wilson (born March 29, 1942) is an American film and television actor. He has more than 50 film credits, including In the Heat of the Night, In Cold Blood, The Great Gatsby, Dead Man Walking, Pearl Harbor, Wilson was born in the small Southern town of Thomasville, Georgia. He made his screen debut portraying characters suspected of murder in his first three films. In his debut film, Wilson played a murder suspect in In the Heat of the Night (1967). His follow-up role, in the same year, was In Cold Blood, based on the book of the same name by Truman Capote. Wilson portrayed real-life murderer Richard Hickock, while Robert Blakeplayed his partner, Perry Smith.
Wilson’s long filmography also includes The Gypsy Moths, The Right Stuff, A Year of the Quiet Sun, Malone, The Grass Harp, Junebug, The Host, Monster, Young Guns II, Pearl Harbor, Big Stan, Judge Dredd, the Shiloh film series and Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon. Wilson has filmed on location in South Korea, Japan and Spain. Wilson had a recurring role in several episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Sam Braun, father of crime-scene investigator Catherine Willows (portrayed by Marg Helgenberger). Braun was killed off in the episode “Built to Kill, Part 2”. In the fall of 2011 he also made an appearance opposite Laura Dern in the HBO series, Enlightened.
Wilson was cast as veterinarian, Hershel Greene in the second season of The Walking Dead in June 2011. The role has earned him positive reviews, including a “cheer” from TV Guide, which wrote that he had contributed “subtle shades of humanity to the character of Hershel Greene.” Wilson was offered the opportunity to join the show while visiting his 97-year-old mother in Georgia. He has described his mother as “a fan of the show.” Wilson left the show in December 2013 after his character was killed off in the Season 4 mid-season finale “Too Far Gone”. However, he has made two appearances since his character’s death.
Wilson reflected on his career in a 2011 interview with Access Atlanta’s Rodney Ho: “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 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.” Wilson was filming scenes for The Walking Dead in Senoia, Georgia, at the time the interview took place. In 2014, Wilson was cast in a recurring role as Dr. Guyot in the Amazon original series Bosch. In 2016, he appeared in the Netflix series The OA.