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Birth Name: Michael Parks

Michael Thomas Parks was born on April 24, 1940, in Corona, CA. He spent a peripatetic youth moving around the West as one of five children of an itinerant laborer. Not surprisingly, by his teens, he seemed likely to fall into the same lifestyle. He drifted from job to job as a migrant worker around California and briefly married at 15, but displayed an interest in the arts with his love of poetry and occasional roles in regional theater productions during his travels. Parks and his rugged looks - a more weathered version of James Dean - were discovered in 1960, at which time Parks was signed to a Universal contract, despite spending much of his time on the sidelines due to a reputation for ... Continue Bio >>

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