The pilot of the series Then Came Bronson (1969) reflects and drew heavily on the background of Parks' own life story.
Lived on a yacht in the Monterey, California, harbor in the early 1980s.
The theme song "Long Lonesome Highway" from Parks' TV series Then Came Bronson (1969), sung by Parks himself, was penned by James Hendricks, a Greenwich Village folksinger who was married to 'Mama Cass Elliot' of The Mamas and the Papas, not by Jimi Hendrix. The song became a Top 40 hit in 1970.
Attempted to qualify for the 1972 Olympics as a miler, running a time of 4:06.
He was a pall bearer for Lenny Bruce.