Parks' agent Jane Schulman confirmed the actors death on Wednesday to The Hollywood Reporter. The cause of death has not been revealed.
Parks began acting on television shows such as The Asphalt Jungle, Route 66, The Real McCoys and Gunsmoke and in B-movies such as Wild Seed and Bus Riley's Back in Town. His first starring role came in the 1969 TV series Then Came Bronson for which he sang the theme song. The track reached No. 20 on the Billboard charts which lead to side career as a recording artist.
In film, Parks starred in From Dusk Till Dawn, Argo and in Kill Bill and Django Unchained from Tarantino. He portrayed villains in Smith's horror films Red State and Tusk.
On Instagram, Smith paid tribute to Parks calling him "my cinematic muse."
"Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known. I wrote both #RedState and @tuskthemovie FOR Parks, I loved his acting so much," Smith wrote. "He was, hands-down, the most incredible thespian I ever had the pleasure to watch perform. And Parks brought out the absolute best in me every time he got near my set."
Parks is survived by his wife Oriana and his son, the actor James Parks.