Sons of Anarchy star William Lucking has passed away aged 80.
The actor - who played Piney Winston in the series - died on 18 October at his home in Las Vegas.
His wife, Sigrid Insull Lucking, announced the news in an obituary which was distributed by the star's friend and fellow actor Stephen Macht.
Introducing the announcement, Macht wrote: "Bill truly was a 'lion,' and his memory will always be a blessing."
In the eulogy, Sigrid said: "Born in Michigan in 1941, William moved with his family to California in the early 1950s. Upon graduation from UCLA with a degree in literature, he completed advanced studies in theatre arts at the Pasadena Playhouse.
"He went on to have a long and enduring career in film and television."
She added: "William's Hollywood roles were diverse. He played a roughneck in Oklahoma Crude (1976) alongside Faye Dunaway and George C. Scott, the original Colonel in NBC's The A-Team (1980s), a green Bajoran on Star Trek Deep Space 9 (1990s), and most recently, Piney Winston, an aging biker, on the illustrious FX Network series Sons of Anarchy (2008 to 2011).
"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.
"He was a giant of a man with the soul of a poet, one who 'contained...a tension of sorts within his being...like a boulder teetering on a hill...or a balloon expanding towards its extreme,' as one friend put it."
In the final part of the obit, Sigrid said: "William is survived by his wife of 25 years, Sigrid Insull Lucking, a former costume designer, with whom he shared many fine adventures.
"He is also survived by his two daughters, Marjet Lucking and Juliana Ryan, along with Juliana's husband and two daughters, Quinlan and Lilian. William's sister, Ellen Founier, also lives in Las Vegas.
"William's much loved first wife, Mimi, was the mother of his children and she died of cancer in 1996.
"The family requests you toast his memory and celebrate his legacy."Featured Image Credit: PictureLux / The Hollywood Archive / Alamy Stock Photo