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‘American Graffiti’ Actor, Bo Hopkins Dead at 80

News broke that the ‘American Graffiti’ actor Bo Hopinks died on Saturday, but his wife announced that the actor passed away in a California hospital a few weeks ago.

News broke that the ‘American Graffiti’ actor Bo Hopinks died on Saturday, but his wife announced that the actor passed away in a California hospital a few weeks ago. Hopkins has more than 130 roles in his 7-decade-long career and was regarded as one of the greatest supporting actors of all time. His most recent film was in a 2020 “Hillbilly Elegy,” directed by Ron Howard, his “American Graffiti” co-star.

Hopkins is survived by his wife of 32 years, Sian Eleanor Green; his son, Matthew Hopkins and his daughter, Jane Hopkins.

According to variety, Hopkins’ death was announced on the actor’s official website. “It is with great sadness that we announce that Bo has passed away. Bo loved hearing from his fans from around the world and although he was unable to respond to every email over the last few years, he appreciated hearing from each and every one of you,” a statement from the website read.

Hopkin’s IMDB bio described him as a sandy-haired American actor Bo Hopkins was born William Mauldin Hopkins in Greenville, South Carolina, and was raised by his mother and grandmother after his father died when Bo was only nine years old. He joined the US Army at the age of 16. After serving his hitch he decided on acting as a career and gained experience in summer stock productions and guest spots in several TV episodes.

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Hopkins broke into feature films as the ill-fated “Crazy Lee” in the Sam Peckinpah landmark western The Wild Bunch (1969), and was subsequently hired by Peckinpah for another none-too-bright role as a bank robber in The Getaway (1972) and then as a hired killer pairing up with CIA agent James Caan in The Killer Elite (1975). He was busy on television during the 1980s and 1990s, guest-starring on The Rockford Files (1974), Charlie’s Angels (1976), The A-Team (1983), Hotel (1983) and Matt Houston (1982), and was featured on Dynasty (1981). In addition, he starred in dozens of feature films, such as Midnight Express (1978), American Graffiti (1973), The Bounty Hunter (1989), U Turn (1997) and Shade (2003). With his “good old boy” persona and Southern drawl, Hopkins often played lawmen, psychos, or oily villains.

Erica Carlin
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