Bo Hopkins, ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘The Wild Bunch’ actor, dies at 84

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Bo Hopkins, identified for his roles in “American Graffiti,” “The Wild Bunch,” and “Midnight Express” died on Saturday. He was 84.

A marquee on the actor’s self-titled web site confirmed his dying with the announcement: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Bo has passed away.

“Bo cherished listening to from his followers from around the globe and though he was unable to reply to each e mail over the previous few years, he appreciated listening to from every certainly one of you.”

Hopkins reportedly suffered a heart attack earlier this month.

His wife of 33 years, Sian Eleanor Green, told The Hollywood Reporter he died at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in the Van Nuys suburb of Los Angeles, Calif.

Bo Hopkins, known for his roles in

Bo Hopkins, identified for his roles in “American Graffiti” and “The Wild Bunch,” died on Saturday on the age of 84. He attended the TCM Traditional Movie Competition opening evening gala in 2014.
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Hopkins can also be survived by two kids, Matthew and Jane.

Born William Mauldin Hopkins on Feb. 2, 1938 in Greenville, South Carolina, he pursued an curiosity within the arts after ending service with the Military, the place he joined on the age of 16. 

He carried out in native theater earlier than heading to New York for an off-Broadway manufacturing, and shortly after, obtained a scholarship to an performing faculty on the Desilu-Cahuenga Studios in Hollywood with Diane Davis as his agent.

Hopkins made his on-screen debut in 1966 on an episode of “The Phyllis Diller Show.” 

Bo Hopkins (right) as Joe and Richard Dreyfuss as Curt in the film 'American Graffiti', 1973.

Bo Hopkins (proper) as Joe and Richard Dreyfuss as Curt within the movie ‘American Graffiti’, 1973.
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“After the Phyllis Diller thing, I did a ‘Gunsmoke,’ then ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ playing Goober’s helper,” he stated. “George Lindsey always said he was the one who started my career.”

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He portrayed Loopy Lee within the ‘69 western a few group of growing older outlaws in “The Wild Bunch,” and have become a favourite of director Sam Peckinpah, who forged him as a financial institution robber in “The Gateway” in 1972 after which a weapons skilled alongside James Caan within the ‘75 flick “The Killer Elite.”

Hopkins labored with Burt Reynolds and Ned Beatty in “White Lightning,” and Brad Davis and Randy Quaid in “Midnight Express.”

He was additionally identified for working with Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford within the George Lucas movie “American Graffiti.”

Linda Evans and Bo Hopkins starred together on the '80s classic television show,

Linda Evans and Bo Hopkins starred collectively on the ’80s traditional tv present, “Dynasty.”
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He appeared in additional than 100 movies all through his profession, together with “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing,” “Posse,” “Sweet Sixteen,” and “The Bounty Hunter.”

As well as, Hopkins labored on tv classics together with “The Rockford Files,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The A-Team,” and the oil-rich cleaning soap opera “Dynasty.”

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Hopkins’ ultimate movie function was within the 2020 film “Hillbilly Elegy” with Amy Adams and Glenn Shut, the place he starred as Papaw Vance and was directed by his “American Graffiti” costar, Ron Howard.

Hopkins appeared in the television movie 'Casino' in the late '80s.

Hopkins appeared within the tv film ‘On line casino’ within the late ’80s.
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