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Bo Hopkins of ‘American Graffiti’, ‘Wild Bunch’ dies at 84

Bo Hopkins of ‘American Graffiti’, ‘Wild Bunch’ dies at 84

Hopkins gathered greater than 100 movie and TV credit to his identify over his multi-decade profession.

LOS ANGELES — Bo Hopkins, greatest identified for his roles in “American Graffiti”, Wild Bunch” and different classics, has died.

The actor’s loss of life was confirmed on his official web site Saturday.

“It’s with nice disappointment that we announce that Bo has handed away,” the announcement learn. “Bo beloved listening to from his followers from all over the world and though he was unable to reply to each e-mail over the previous few years, he appreciated listening to from each considered one of you.”

Hopkins’ spouse of greater than 30 years advised The Hollywood Reporter that he died in a Los Angeles hospital after struggling a coronary heart assault earlier in Might. Based on the journal, he was 84 years outdated.

Hopkins’ multi-decade profession started within the late 60s with roles in reveals like “Gunsmoke”, “The Andy Griffith Present” and “The Phyllis Diller Present,” based on IMDB.  

Based on his on-line bio, Hopkins’ first main cinematic position was in Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch” — he performed Clarence “Loopy” Lee within the 1969 Western basic. He grew to become a favourite of Peckinpah, enjoying roles in “The Getaway” and “The Killer Elite”. 

In “American Graffiti”, Hopkins performed Pharaohs chief Joe Younger, who convinces protagonist Curt to to hook a sequence to a police automotive to tear out its again axle. 

Hopkins gathered greater than 100 movie and TV credit to his identify over his profession. He acquired a Star on the Western Stroll of Stars in 2017.

The actor was born William Hopkins in Greeneville, South Carolina. Based on Selection, he modified his identify to “Bo” after his character in his first off-Broadway play, “Bus Cease.” He joined the U.S. Military as a young person earlier than starting his appearing profession. 

His newest movie position was in Ron Howard’s 2020 “Hillbilly Elegy” alongside Glenn Shut. Shut shared a photograph of the 2 on Instagram Saturday, remembering Hopkins as an “actor to his core” who “put his coronary heart into each take.”

“Simply heard that the fantastic Bo Hopkins died peacefully, early this morning, together with his devoted spouse, Sian, holding his hand,” Shut wrote. “He was a gentleman and a mild man. He could have as soon as, throughout his early days, across the time of AMERICAN GRAFFITI, been one of many unhealthy boys, however I acquired acquainted and loved the corporate of a person with a twinkle in his eye and the center of a knight.”

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