Scott Wilson Remembered at The Walking Dead Memorial
A very high profile member of The Walking Dead Cast and acting veteran of half a century- Scott Wilson was warmly remembered at the memorial ceremonies on Saturday. Wilson died at the age of 76 while battling leukemia. And the ninth season of The Walking Dead premiered right the next day. The team decided to dedicate that first episode to Scott Wilson in his memory. And now at the memorial, the entire team paid their due regards to Scott Wilson. And honored his role in The Walking Dead for as long as he lived.
The Memorial Ceremony Details
At the Saturday’s memorial, cast members including Danai Gurira, Norman Reedus, Sarah Wayne Callies and Greg Nicotero were present. The director Ernest Dickerson joined as well. While delivering speeches. Gurira recalled that Scott Wilson went out of his way to make her feel comfortable when she joined The Walking Dead back in its third season. He made her feel part of the family as soon as she met him, and even taught her how to smoke a cigar.
During his memorial speech, Reedus remembered how Scott Wilson was particularly adept at dry humor about himself. He said that during a long break, Wilson once asked him if he knew who the first person to flip the bird in a movie was. And when Reedus replied saying Robert Mitchum, Wilson corrected him saying that it was him. Callies resorted to reading the Edna St. Vincent Millay poem Thou Famished Grave. And Nicotero proposed the toast at the reception.
Actors Tom Bower and Kent McCord also acknowledged Wilson’s longtime activism in the Screen Actors Guild. McCord noted that Scott Wilson was always upbeat despite his illness. He added that he never saw the actor shed a tear and was the finest man he ever knew.
The memorial program also included a quote from Wilson’s Hershel Greene. It said that,
You step outside, you risk your life. You take a drink of water, you risk your life. And nowadays you breathe, you risk your life. Every moment now you don’t have a choice. The only thing you can choose is what you’re risking it for.
Apart from The Walking Dead cast members, Ed Asner, SAG-AFTRA Secretary-Treasurer Jane Austin, Frances Fisher, Elliott Gould, Lainie Kazan and Connie Stevens also attended the memorial on Saturday.