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

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Bo Hopkins, best known for his roles in “American Graffiti,” “The Wild Bunch,” And “Midnight Express” died on Saturday. He was 84 years old.

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

“Bo loved hearing from his fans around the world and although he has been unable to answer every email over the years, he appreciates hearing from each and every one of you.”

Hopkins reportedly have a heart attack earlier this month.

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

Bo Hopkins, best known for his roles in "american graffiti" And "the wild Bunch," Died on Saturday at the age of 84.  She attended the TCM Classic Film Festival Opening Night Gala in 2014.

Bo Hopkins, best known for his roles in “American Graffiti” and “The Wild Bunch,” died Saturday at the age of 84. She attended the Opening Night Gala of the TCM Classic Film Festival in 2014.
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Hopkins also has two children, Matthew and Jane.

Born on February 2, 1938, in Greenville, South Carolina, William Mauldin Hopkins took an interest in the arts after he finished service in the military, where he joined at the age of 16.

He performed in local theater before moving to New York for an Off-Broadway production, and soon after, earned a scholarship to an acting school at Desilu-Cahunga Studios in Hollywood with Diane Davis as his agent.

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

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

Bo Hopkins (right) as Joe and Richard Dreyfuss as Kurt in the film ‘American Graffiti’, 1973.
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“After the Phyllis Diller thing, I did a ‘Gunsmoke,’ then ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ playing Dung’s assistant,” he said. “George Lindsay always said that it was he who started my career.”

He portrayed Crazy Lee in the ’69 Western about a group of aging outlaws in ‘The Wild Bunch’ and became a favorite of director Sam Peckinpah, who cast him as a bank robber in 1972’s “The Gateway”. and then cast as a weapons specialist. In the ’75 flick “The Killer Elite” with James Caan.

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

He was also noted for working with Richard Dreyfuss and Harrison Ford in the George Lucas film “American Graffiti”.

Linda Evans and Bo Hopkins starred together in the classic '80s television show, "Dynasty."

Linda Evans and Bo Hopkins starred together in the classic ’80s television show, “Dynasty.”
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He appeared in over 100 films throughout his career, including “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing,” “Pose,” “Sweet Sixteen,” and “The Bounty Hunter.”

In addition, Hopkins worked on television classics including “The Rockford Files,” “Charlie’s Angels,” “The A-Team,” and The Rockford Files. The oily soap opera “Dynasties.”

Hopkins’ final film role was 2020 film “Hillbilly Elegy” with Amy Adams and Glenn Close, where he starred as Papa Vance and was directed by his “American Graffiti” costar, Ron Howard.

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

Hopkins appeared in the television movie ‘Casino’ in the late 80s.
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