Bo Hopkins, a Midnight Specific and American Graffiti actor, died on the age of 84

DISAPPEARANCE – The American comedian first appeared on television in 1966, before going through cinemas for five decades.

Bo Hopkins has a hundred productions to his credit. On American television, but also in the cinema, where we could see him Escape route (1972), American graffiti (1973) a Midnight Express (1978). The 84-year-old actor succumbed to a heart attack in California on May 9. He was still in front of Ron Howard’s camera two years ago american ode (2020).

William Hopkins, born on February 2, 1938 in Greenville, South Carolina, in a humble setting, had a childhood torn between his father’s death, his mother’s remarriage, and the discovery that he was an adopted child. His adolescence is interrupted by small transgressions, which bring him to the reformatory for a while.

William Hopkins joined the military at the age of 17 and spent nine months in Korea. After returning to the United States, he gained a role in the game Teahouse of the month of August, at the local Greenville Theater. With this experience, he won a scholarship to the Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky and an award for his first Broadway game, Bus stop. He then takes on the stage name Bo Hopkins in connection with the character he played.

After this first experience on the boards, Bo Hopkins took the first steps on the small screen at the age of 28, in 1966, in the American series Pruits from Southampton, which begins a long series of shootings. In total, the actor has starred in 44 television series and movies, including Hawaiian State Police in 1973, Charlie’s Angels in 1976 and 1979, as well as dynasty from 1981 to 1987 andAgency for all risks in 1984.

At the same time, he built a serious career in supporting roles in the cinema, where he started in Wild game (Wild Horde) in 1969. He then became friends with director Sam Peckinpah, with whom he filmed on many occasions and especially in Escape route (Guet-apens), in 1972 alongside Steve McQueen, Richard Bright and Ali MacGraw.

A year later it is American graffiti George Lucas with Francis Ford Coppol production. In this film, dedicated to a group of teenagers who are about to leave their small California town to enter university, he will play the role of Joe Young. A film where the actor plays alongside Richard Dreyfuss, Ron Howard and Harrison Ford.

Then we find Bo Hopkins in the headlines Texas Brigade demonstrated in 1975 by Kirk Douglas and in the same year elite killer by Sam Peckinpah, where he plays a weapons expert whose job is to stop the killer. Three years later, the actor plays in Midnight Express Directed by Briton Alan Parker with Brad Davis and John Hurt. It was in 2020 that Bo Hopkins appeared in his latest film alongside Amy Adams and Glenn Close, american odedirected by Ron Howard. “It was quite exciting for him”said his wife.

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