Trey Wilson

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Trey Wilson
Born
Donald Yearnsley Wilson III

(1948-01-21)January 21, 1948
Houston, Texas, U.S.
DiedJanuary 16, 1989(1989-01-16) (aged 40)
Resting placeForest Park Cemetery, Houston, Texas
NationalityAmerican
Alma mater University of Houston
OccupationActor
Years active1976–1989
Spouse(s)
Cynthia June Brinson
(m. 1969;div. 1974)

(m. 1975)

Donald Yearnsley "Trey" Wilson III (January 21, 1948 – January 16, 1989) was an American character actor known for playing rural, authoritarian-type characters, most notably in comedies such as Raising Arizona and Bull Durham . [1] [2] [3]

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Career

During his career, Wilson appeared in numerous stage productions and 30 films or television shows, including guest roles on Spenser: For Hire and The Equalizer . On stage, he co-starred in the ragtime-era musical Tintypes on Broadway, appeared in The Front Page at Lincoln Center and on Broadway, and appeared with Sandy Duncan in Peter Pan . He also appeared in Pat Benatar's music video "Love Is a Battlefield", as the father who throws her out of the house.

His most memorable roles on film were in Raising Arizona, as unpainted furniture store owner Nathan Arizona, and Bull Durham, as Joe Riggins, manager of the Durham Bulls minor league baseball team. [2] [1] The end credits of The Silence of the Lambs and Miss Firecracker dedicate the films to him.

Personal life and death

Born in Houston, Texas, to Donald Yearnsley Wilson and Irene Louise Wilson, he attended Bellaire High School in Bellaire and then majored in English and theater at the University of Houston. [1] It was there that Wilson met Judy Blye, a well-known New York soap opera casting agent, and they were married on August 25, 1975. He was a cousin of former Texas Republican State Senator Kim Brimer. [2]

Wilson died at age forty from a cerebral hemorrhage in New York City on January 16, 1989, [3] [4] and was buried at Forest Park Cemetery in Houston five days later, on what would have been his 41st birthday. [2]

Released after his death, Wilson's final film was Great Balls of Fire! , the biopic of Jerry Lee Lewis, where he played American record producer Sam Phillips. [1] [4] He had been cast in the Coen brothers' film Miller's Crossing at the time of his death, [3] and was replaced by Albert Finney. [2]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotesRef(s)
1976 Drive-In Gifford [5]
1977 Three Warriors Chuck
1978 Vampire Hookers Terry Wayne [6]
1978 The Lord of the Rings Voice [5]
1979Three-Way WeekendHoward Creep
1984 Places in the Heart Texas Voice #3Voice
1984 A Soldier's Story Colonel Nivens
1985 The Protector Truck Driver
1985 Marie FBI Agent
1986 F/X Lt. Murdoch
1987 Raising Arizona Nathan Arizona, Sr. [5] [7]
1987 End of the Line Sheriff Maxie Howell
1987 The House on Carroll Street Lieutenant Sloan [8]
1988 Bull Durham Jim "Skip" Riggins [9] [10]
1988 Married to the Mob Regional Director Franklin
1988 Twins Beetroot McKinley
1989 Miss Firecracker Benjamin Drapper
1989 Great Balls of Fire! Sam Phillips
1989 Welcome Home Colonel Barnes

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