CBS News October 7, 2018, 1:41 AM "The Walking Dead" actor Scott Wilson dies at 76

Actor Scott Wilson speaks onstage at AMC's "The Walking Dead" panel during Comic-Con International 2013 at San Diego Convention Center on July 19, 2013 in San Diego, California.

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Actor Scott Wlison, a veteran actor with 50 years of credits who most recently appeared in "The Walking Dead," has died, the show said. He was 76.

On Saturday, "The Walking Dead" showrunner Angela Kang revealed during the show's New York Comic-Con panel that Wilson was set to reprise his role as Hershel on the new season, Entertainment Tonight reports. No additional details were given at the time. He was also slated to appear at Walker Stalker Con in Atlanta, Georgia, later this month.

We are deeply saddened to report that Scott Wilson, the incredible actor who played Hershel on #TheWalkingDead, has passed away at the age of 76. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. Rest in paradise, Scott. We love you! pic.twitter.com/guNI7zSqDZ

— The Walking Dead (@TheWalkingDead) October 7, 2018

The cause of death was not released.

Members of "The Walking Dead" cast shared their condolences.

The first time I met Scott Wilson, he gave me a big hug and said that this thing I had become apart of… was a family. He said I had a responsibility to take care of it. I have tried very hard to do that, sir. & I will continue. I promise. See you on the other side, my friend. pic.twitter.com/EhMm0dQbtx

— Khary Payton (@kharypayton) October 7, 2018

Today we lost one of the finest human beings myself and so many others have ever known. Scott Wilson was pure love, kindness, elegance & grace. He had the ability to make me smile on the darkest of days. He was pure LOVE. I will miss him for the rest of my life. #RIPScottWilson pic.twitter.com/21ktM5WeCW

— Laurie Holden (@Laurie_Holden) October 7, 2018

Born in Atlanta, Wilson's breakout role was in 1967's "The Heat of the Night." The same year, he appeared in "In Cold Bold" as murderer Richard Hickock in the Richard Brooks' film adaptation of the Truman Capote book.

The role in "In Cold Blood" earned him the cover of Life magazine. Wilson said he got the coveted role because he resembled Hickock. He said in a interview with the Los Angeles Times in 1996 that "every actor in the English-speaking world wanted those two roles, including Newman and McQueen."

But he worried about being typecast as a killer, he told the Los Angeles Times. In 1974, he played a key role in "The Great Gatsby, playing the man who kills Jay Gatsby in the pool before turning the gun on himself.

Wilson has over 80 acting credits to his name, including appearing in several other Oscar-nominated films, including "The Right Stuff," "Dead Man Walking" and "Monster."

Wilson was also active in the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and won the SAG's Hollywood division's Ralph Morgan Award for service to the guild's Hollywood members in 2007, according to Variety.