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Walking Dead actor Scott Wilson dead at 76

Scott Wilson, who played the murderer Robert Hickock in 1967's In Cold Blood and was a series regular on television show The Walking Dead, has died aged 76.

AMC, the show's network, announced that Wilson died on Saturday.

The US network calls Wilson's character on The Walking Dead, veterinarian Hershel Greene, "the emotional core of the show".

Wilson was in the series from 2011 to 2014. His return for the upcoming season was announced just hours earlier on Saturday.

Wilson already filmed his scenes for season nine.

In the same year as Wilson's breakthrough in In Cold Blood, he also played murder suspect Harvey Oberst in In the Heat of the Night.

He appeared in 1974's The Great Gatsby as George Wilson, in The Right Stuff as pilot Scott Crossfield and earned a Golden Globe nomination in 1980 for his performance in The Ninth Configuration, in which he played a former astronaut.

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