Born in Georgia, Wilson had a long career in Hollywood. Among his roles: he played Las Vegas casino owner Sam Braun on CSI, was in the first season of Amazon’s Bosch, and also played the neighbor in the three Shiloh family films released in 1996, 1999 and 2006.
Wilson also had a role in The Great Gatsby (1974) and was murder suspect Harvey Oberst in his first feature, the Academy Award Best Picture Winner In the Heat of the Night (1967). Wilson also played murderer Dick Hickock in the film adaptation of Truman Capote’s In Cold Blood (1967). He later appeared as Captain Billy Cutshaw in the film The Ninth Configuration (1980), receiving a Golden Globe supporting actor nomination for the role.
William Delano Wilson was born in Atlanta on March 29, 1942. He graduated high school in 1960 and was awarded an athletic scholarship to Georgia’s Southern Polytechnic State University. He left school and hitchhiked to Los Angeles. After five lean years filled with acting classes and local plays, he won the role in In the Heat of the Night.
Wilson is survived by his wife, Heavenly, an artist and attorney, and other family. No memorial plans have been announced.