Unfortunately, I have to report that veteran Hollywood character actor BO HOPKINS has passed away. Hopkins was best known for his roles in American Graffiti and The Wild Bunch. He was 84.
Hopkins died at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys after suffering a heart attack, according to his wife Sian.
He had a long and prosperous career that kept him continuously busy in both film and television roles. He worked with famed director Sam Peckinpah on three occasions in the films, The Wild Bunch, The Getaway, and The Killer Elilte.
He began his career in 1966 with smaller roles in TV shows such as The Virginian, Gunsmoke, The Wild Wild West, The Andy Griffith Show, Bonanza, The Mod Squad, Ironside, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels, Fantasy Island, The A-Team, Fall Guy, Dynasty, Murder She Wrote, and many more.
His film credits include The Bridge at Remagen, The Day of the Locust, Midnight Express, The Newton Boys, and with many others and in his final role he reunited with Ron Howard in Hillbilly Elegy.
He also had a several genre roles in film and TV such as Tentacles, Mutant, The Hitchhiker (TV Series), Uncle Sam (Video), Phantoms, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (Video).
With his “good old boy” persona and Southern drawl, Hopkins often played lawmen, psychos, or oily villains.
He made his home in Los Angeles and is survived by his wife Sian and son Matthew, and was a keen fisherman, fan of the Anaheim Angels baseball team, and enjoyed raising koi fish.
R.I.P. – Bo Hopkins Born February 2, 1938 – Died May 28, 2022