Wilson said he got the coveted role because he resembled Hickock.
But for a younger generation Scott will forever be known as Hershel Greene, the widowed farmer who was in the show from 2011 until 2014.
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His character Hershel Greene, like Wilson himself, is from Georgia, though unlike Wilson he is a veterinarian struggling to protect his family from zombies. He had already filmed his scenes at the time of his passing. "Scott will be missed".
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His role as Capt. Billy Cupshaw in the 1980 horror film "The Ninth Configuration" earned him a nomination for a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor. He was a regular on The Walking Dead during its second, third and fourth seasons. "When I met him I wasn't prepared for his warmth & kindness or his ability to instantly make me feel like a lifelong friend". "We love you!" the official TWD Twitter feed said. In Cold Blood director Richard Brooks selected Wilson for the role in part because he was unknown at the time.
British actor David Morrissey also posted: "Heartbroken hearing the news about my friend Scott Wilson".
He is survived by his wife of more than 40 years, Heavenly Koh Wilson.
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