Sons Of Anarchy Stars React To William Lucking’s Heartbreaking Death
On Thursday, November 4, 2021, The Hollywood Reporter announced that character actor William Lucking passed away at the age of 80 in his Las Vegas home. “Although William often played toughs and strongmen, in his actual life he was an elegant man with a brilliant intellect who loved to argue about politics and current affairs, discuss philosophy and physics and assert fine-pointed opinions about art and poetry,” said Lucking’s widow, Sigrid Insull Lucking, in a statement.
According to IMDb, Lucking had a long and successful acting career that began in 1968 and included 161 TV and film credits. Some of his notable roles include Col. Lynch on the NBC series “The A-Team” from 1983-84 and resistance Bajoran Furel on three episodes of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.” His film credits include “Red Dragon,” “World’s Fastest Indian,” and “Contraband.”
But many fans knew Lucking best from his work on “Sons of Anarchy.” Lucking played Piney Winston, the aging member of the SAMCRO motorcycle gang and father of Opie (Ryan Hurst). Shortly after Lucking’s death, his fellow “Sons of Anarchy” cast members took to social media to mourn his passing.
William Lucking's co-stars were devastated by the news
“RIP sir. It was such an honor to work with you on @SonsofAnarchy . You had a presence unlike any other. You will truly be missed,” wrote actress Kristen Renton on Twitter. Renton played adult film actress Ima Tite on Seasons 2, 3, 4, and 6.
“Never ever gonna forget this guy,” tweeted actor Kim Coates, who played SAMCRO member Tig. “Billy broke the mold of pretty much everything he did and accomplished. The times we all had on set are legendary…just like Piney…Miss you brother. RIP. Tig.”
“WE were all on a boat,” tweeted co-star Theo Rossi, who played SAMCRO member Juice. “[It] was in the AM and it was chaos. BUT it didn’t matter, because like many times before, I was fortunate to listen and learn from this knowledgeable steadfast oak of a Human. One of one, none before and none to come Give ’em hell BILL! #WilliamLucking.”
As Lucking’s co-stars responded to the news, fans around the world also took to social media to express their condolences. It’s clear Lucking’s work touched a lot of people, and he will definitely be missed.