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Earl and Edgar McGraw

Earl McGraw and Edgar McGraw
From Dusk till Dawn, Kill Bill and Grindhouse character
First appearance

From Dusk till Dawn (Earl)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2 (Edgar)
Last appearance

Created by

Quentin Tarantino
Robert Kurtzman
Portrayed by

Michael Parks
James Parks
Aliases Quick Draw McGraw (Earl)
Occupation Texas Rangers
Children Dr. Dakota McGraw Block (Earl's daughter)

Earl McGraw and his son Edgar McGraw are two fictional characters played by Michael Parks and James Parks. They appear in several feature films by Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, including the From Dusk till Dawn franchise, Kill Bill Volume 1, and in various works from the Grindhouse project.


Despite being killed off in his first appearance in From Dusk till Dawn, Earl returned in several other films from Rodriguez and Tarantino. Talking with a heavy Mid-western accent and delivering profanity laden dialogue, the character often serves as comic relief. In Kill Bill Volume 1, he scolds his son, Edgar McGraw, for saying "goddamn" in a chapel, and then goes into a profane rant himself. He and Edgar are consistently portrayed as Texas Rangers. Edgar is portrayed by James Parks, the real-life son of Michael Parks. He also has a daughter who is introduced in the Grindhouse films, named Dakota, played by Marley Shelton. To date, he has only made cameos, but Dakota has a large role in Planet Terror.


  • In From Dusk till Dawn, Earl McGraw goes to a liquor store, where killers Seth and Richie Gecko are hiding. Before McGraw can leave, he is shot in the head by Richie, who mistakenly believed that the store's clerk whispered "help us" to McGraw. Edgar (as Deputy McGraw) appears briefly in two scenes in the sequel film From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. Bo Hopkins references Edgar's businesslike demeanor: "Oh, them Gecko brothers killed his daddy."
  • In Kill Bill Vol. 1, Earl McGraw and Edgar investigate the massacre at the Two Pines Chapel, where 10 people have been brutally murdered. He soon discovers that the bride, Beatrix Kiddo, is still alive.
  • During the Grindhouse segment Planet Terror, Earl McGraw is forced to kill his wife Ramona after she turns into a zombie, while Dakota takes refuge in his house. McGraw also helps survivors gather and fight, as well as staying behind to fight off the zombie attack while the others escape. He reappears near the end, where he saves Dakota by killing her infected husband, Doctor Block. In the other Grindhouse segment, Death Proof, Earl, accompanied by Edgar, visits a hospital after Stuntman Mike's first attack. He is the only person aware of the fact that Stuntman Mike was responsible for the deaths of five girls, but Mike is cleared of all charges because the girls were intoxicated. Although he can't formally arrest him, Earl does however run Mike out of Texas. His daughter Dakota also appears in Death Proof with Shelton reprising her role.
  • Edgar McGraw appears making out with Sartina's sister in a deleted scene featured on the Machete Blu-ray and DVD releases.

External links

  • Internet Movie Database

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