‘American Graffiti’ actor Bo Hopkins dies at 80

Bo Hopkins, who starred in the film “American Graffiti,” died at the age of 80.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Bo Hopkins, known for his roles in films such as ‘The Wild Bunch,’ ‘The Getaway,’ ‘American Graffiti,’ and ‘The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing,’ died at the age of 80 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys from a heart attack, according to ‘Deadline.’

Born in Greenville, South Carolina in 1942, he appeared in over 100 film and television roles over a five-decade career.

According to Deadline, he got the nickname ‘Bo’ from a character of the same name he played in Bus Stop, his first off-Broadway play.

‘The Phyllis Diller Show,’ ‘The Virginian,’ ‘Gunsmoke,’ ‘The Wild Wild West,’ and ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ were among his television appearances.

In 1973, he made his first regular TV appearance in the medical drama ‘Doc Elliott,’ which aired for only one season.

‘Aspen and the Beggerman Thief,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels,’ ‘Fantasy Island,’ ‘The A-Team,’ ‘Hotel,’ ‘Scarecrow and Mrs. King,’ ‘The Fall Guy,’ ‘Matlock,’ and ‘Murder, She Wrote,’ are among his other credits.

Hopkins is survived by his son Matthew and wife Sian.

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