Bo Hopkins - Uninhibited, colorful & honest.

Bo Hopkins - Uninhibited, colorful & honest.

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First Published: December 2002
Editor's Note:
We are saddened to report the passing of Bo Hopkins on May 28, 2022 at the age of 80.
May he rest in peace!
Bo Hopkins | Working Actor

Bo Hopkins | Working Actor

Bo Hopkins | "The Wild Bunch" (1969)
Bo Hopkins, Laraine Stephens, Christopher George | "The Thousand Plane Raid" (1969)
Bo Hopkins, Richard Dreyfuss, Manuel Padilla Jr. | "American Graffiti" (1973)
Bo Hopkins | "American Graffiti" (1973)
John Huston, Bo Hopkins | "Tentacoli" (1977)
Bo Hopkins, Jennifer Billingsley, Burt Reynolds | "White Lightning" (1973)
Bo Hopkins, Jennifer Billingsley | "White Lightning" (1973)
Bo Hopkins,  Burt Reynolds | "White Lightning" (1973) [a]
Bo Hopkins | "Nickel Ride" (1974)
Bo Hopkins | "The Killer Elite" (1975)
James Caan, Bo Hopkins | "The Killer Elite" (1975)
Bert Convy, Bo Hopkins | "Charlie's Angels" (1976)
Bo Hopkins, Farrah Faucett | "Charlie's Angels" (1976)
Bo Hopkins | "Midnight Express" (1978)
Bo_Hopkins, James Garner | "Rockford Files" (1978-1979)
Bo Hopkins, Linda Evans | "Dynasty" (1981-1987)
Bo Hopkins, John James, Pamela Sue Martin | "Dynasty" (1981) [b]
Pamela Bellwood, Bo Hopkins, Katy Kurtzman | "Dynasty" (1981)
Bo Hopkins, Aleisa Shirley | "Sweet 16" (1983)
Bo Hopkins, Logan Clarke | "Sweet 16" (1983)
Patrick Macnee, Don Shanks, Bo Hopkins | "Sweet 16" (1983)
Bo Hopkins, Wings Hauser | "Night Shadows" (1984)
Bo Hopkins | "From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money" (1999)
Bo Hopkins | Working Actor
Bo Hopkins | Working Actor

Bo Hopkins is uninhibited, colorful and disarmingly honest. He has carved a career in Hollywood with a talent and determination that has led him from parking cars to starring roles in television and films.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Hopkins was raised by his mother and grandfather when at the age of nine, his father died unexpectedly. This sudden loss led to difficulties in adjusting for Hopkins. However, after a stint in the army, Hopkins returned home to Greenville where he auditioned and won the title role in a little theater production of "Tea House of the August Moon". This led to a summer stock scholarship, time spent in New York, and ultimately a permanent move to Hollywood. Here he won a scholarship to the acting school then being operated so successfully at Desilu Studios.

After numerous television guest star appearances, Hopkins' film debut was in Sam Peckinpah's classic, "The Wild Bunch", where his portrayal of Crazy Lee still gains him accolades from fans and peers alike. Hopkins has worked on projects with such diverse actors as Sean Penn, Steve McQueen, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Jean Simmons and such esteemed directors as Oliver Stone, Stanley Kramer, George Lucas and Alan Parker.

Following our initial release of this profile in 2002 Bo appeared in "Mending Fences", "The Road Home", and "Don't Let Go". In recent years, he also appeared in the MGM/UA feature, "Beneath The Banyan Trees" with Matt Dillon and James Caan and then in "The Newton Boys" with Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich and Ethan Hawke. Prior to that in Oliver Stone’s "U-Turn", released in 1997, and starred in "Op Center", a four hour mini-series for NBC, created by best seller Tom Clancy. In 1994 he appeared in "Radioland Murders" for George Lucas; "The Feminine Touch" with George Segal and Elliot Gould; two Westerns, "Riders In The Storm" and "Cheyenne Warrior"; a police drama, "Texas Payback"; and a modern-day Western, "South Of Heaven, West Of Hell", in which he stars opposite country and western singer Dwight Yoakam. Hopkins was also seen that year in the newly restored and re-issued 1969 classic Sam Peckinpah western, "The Wild Bunch", which was shown at selected theaters in Los Angeles and New York.

Film audiences saw Hopkins in the 1993 release of the critically acclaimed Fine Line feature, "The Ballad Of Little Jo", a poignant, true-life Western shot on location in Montana. The film co-stars Susie Amis and Sir Ian McKellen.

Some of Hopkins' additional feature credits include, "The Getaway", "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing", "American Graffiti", "Day Of The Locust", Midnight Express", "The Killer Elite" and "White Lightning". And most recently the features: "The Boys at the Bar", "A Little Christmas Business", and "Open Window". His scores of television movies and guest star appearances include, "Murder She Wrote", "Matlock", "A Smoky Mountain Christmas" (with Dolly Parton), "Houston, The Legend of Texas" (with Sam Elliot), "Rodeo Girl" (with Katherine Ross), "Thaddeus Rose & Eddie" (with Johnny Cash) and the series regular role of Matthew Blaisdale on "Dynasty".

Aside from his prolific acting career, Bo also was involved in a picture called ."Shade" in which he both acted and served as Executive Producer. "Shade" starring Sylvester Stalone and Melanie Griffith was Mr. Hopkins first outing as a motion picture producer. Enthusiastic about the material, he tenaciously shopped the property for 2 1/2 years before he was finally able to set it up. The picture was released May 9, 2004. Hopkins resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Sian. They have one son, Mattew!

Bo Hopkins' advice to the aspiring actor:

Do a lot of plays when you are working in film and when you are not working too. Keep practicing your craft... That's what it is for.



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Bo Hopkins' Credits
 2020 Hillbilly Elegy
 2016 The Boys at the Bar
Papa Lamb
 2013 A Little Christmas Business
Coach Morris
 2006 Open Window
Tucker Brennan
 2003 Shade
 2003 Pitcher and the Pin-Up
Coach Stangel
 2002 City of Ghosts
Teddy (uncredited)
 2002 Don't Let Go
The Boss
 2001 Cowboy Up
Ray Drupp
 2001 A Crack in the Floor
Sheriff Talmidge
 2000 The Thundering 8th
 2000 The Angry Beavers (TV Series)
- Fat Chance!/Dag in the Mirror (2000) ... Huttin (voice)
 2000 Vice
Jamie Barnett
 2000 South of Heaven, West of Hell
Doc Angus Dunfries
 1999 Time Served (TV Movie)
Mr. D
 1999 From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (Video)
Sheriff Otis Lawson
 1999 Getting to Know You
Officer Caminetto
 1998 The Newton Boys
K.P. Aldrich
 1998 Phantoms
Agent Hawthorne
 1997 Lunker Lake
Mitch Swindell
 1997 Nuclear Strike (Video Game)
Le Monde (voice)
 1997 Fever Lake (Video)
Sheriff Harris
 1997 Painted Hero
 1997 U Turn
 1996 R.I.O.T.: The Movie (Video)
Sergeant Harry McQue
 1996 Uncle Sam (Video)
Sgt. Twining
 1996 Shaughnessy (TV Movie)
Rip Bartlett
 1995 The Feminine Touch (Video)
Capt. Hogan
 1995 Riders in the Storm
Billy Van Owen
 1995 Texas Payback
Sheriff Bishop
 1995 OP Center (TV Movie)
Dan McCaskey
 1994 Radioland Murders
Billly's Father
 1994 Cheyenne Warrior (TV Movie)
Jack Andrews
 1994 Wyatt Earp: Return to Tombstone (TV Movie)
Rattlesnake Reynolds
 1993 The Ballad of Little Jo
Frank Badger
 1992 Inside Monkey Zetterland
Mike Zetterland
 1992 The Legend of Wolf Mountain
Ranger Steven Haynes
 1992 Center of the Web
Frank Allesendro
 1985-1992 Murder, She Wrote (TV Series)
Scott Larkin / Lt. Ray Jenkins
- The Monte Carlo Murders (1992) ... Scott Larkin
- Armed Response (1985) ... Lt. Ray Jenkins
 1991 Blood Ties (TV Movie)
Chief Hunter
 1991 Matlock (TV Series)
- The Man of the Year (1991) ... Sheriff
 1990 Fertilize the Blaspheming Bombshell
Sheriff Jon Farlock
 1990 The Final Alliance
Sheriff Whistler
 1990 Big Bad John
 1989 Trapper County War
Sheriff Sam Frost
 1989 The Bounty Hunter
Sheriff Bennett
 1989 The Man from Nowhere
Marty Rogers
 1988 Death Street USA
 1981-1987 Dynasty (TV Series)
Matthew Blaisdel
- The Siege: Part 2 (1987) ... Matthew Blaisdel
- The Siege: Part 1 (1987) ... Matthew Blaisdel
- Shadow Play (1987) ... Matthew Blaisdel
- The Testimony (1981) ... Matthew Blaisdel
- Blake Goes to Jail (1981) ... Matthew Blaisdel
 1987 The New Mike Hammer (TV Series)
Ted Sharpe
- Kill John Doe (1987) ... Ted Sharpe
 1986 A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Movie)
Sheriff John Jensen
 1986 Houston: The Legend of Texas (TV Movie)
Col. Sidney Sherman
 1986 Crazy Like a Fox (TV Series)
 1986 The Fall Guy (TV Series)
Sheriff Phil Talbot
- Reunion (1986) ... Sheriff Phil Talbot
 1985 Dark Horse (TV Movie)
 1985 Scarecrow and Mrs. King (TV Series)
Nick Cross
- J. Edgar's Ghost (1985) ... Nick Cross
 1985 What Comes Around
Tom Hawkins
 1985 Deadly Nightmares (TV Series)
Lew Bridgeman
- A Time for Rifles (1985) ... Lew Bridgeman
 1984 Finder of Lost Loves (TV Series)
William Davis / Drew Gilbert
- Forgotten Melodies (1984) ... William Davis / Drew Gilbert
 1984 Mutant
Sheriff Will Stewart
 1984 Hotel (TV Series)
Walt Solanski
- Encores (1984) ... Walt Solanski
 1984 The A-Team (TV Series)
Charles Drew
- Pure-Dee Poison (1984) ... Charles Drew
 1983 Ghost Dancing (TV Movie)
Dave Groves
 1983 Matt Houston (TV Series)
Rev. Noah Sunday
- The Beverly Woods Social Club (1983) ... Rev. Noah Sunday
 1983 Sweet 16
Sheriff Dan Burke
 1982 Fantasy Island (TV Series)
 1980 Rodeo Girl (TV Movie)
Will Garrett
 1980 Casino (TV Movie)
 1980 The Plutonium Incident (TV Movie)
Art Reeves
 1979 Beggarman, Thief (TV Movie)
Bunny Dwyer
 1979 The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (TV Movie)
Billy Doolin
 1976-1979 Charlie's Angels (TV Series)
Wes Anderson / Beau Creel
- Love Boat Angels (1979) ... Wes Anderson
- Charlie's Angels (1976) ... Beau Creel
 1979 More American Graffiti
Little Joe
 1979 Supertrain (TV Series)
- Superstar (1979) ... O'Toole
 1978-1979 The Rockford Files (TV Series)
John Cooper
- The Return of the Black Shadow (1979) ... John Cooper
- With the French Heel Back, Can the Nehru Jacket Be Far Behind? (1979) ... John Cooper (voice, uncredited)
- Local Man Eaten by Newspaper (1978) ... John Cooper
- The Jersey Bounce (1978) ... John Cooper
 1978 The Fifth Floor
 1978 The Busters (TV Movie)
Chad Kimbrough
 1978 Midnight Express
 1978 Crisis in Sun Valley (TV Movie)
 1978 Having Babies (TV Series)
Hollis McAfee
- Old Friends (1978) ... Hollis McAfee
 1978 Thaddeus Rose and Eddie (TV Movie)
Eddie Lee Haskell
 1977 Woman on the Run (TV Movie)
 1977 Aspen (TV Mini-Series)
Budd Townsend
- Aspen: Chapter III (1977) ... Budd Townsend
- Aspen: Chapter I (1977) ... Budd Townsend
- Aspen: Chapter II (1977) ... Budd Townsend
 1977 Tentacles
Will Gleason
 1976 The Invasion of Johnson County (TV Movie)
George Dunning
 1976 A Small Town in Texas
Sheriff Duke
 1976 Jigsaw John (TV Series)
Jimmy Franks
- Promise to Kill (1976) ... Jimmy Franks
 1975 The Killer Elite
Jerome Miller
 1975 Barnaby Jones (TV Series)
Ken Morley
- Flight to Danger (1975) ... Ken Morley
 1975 The Kansas City Massacre (TV Movie)
Charles Arthur 'Pretty Boy' Floyd
 1975 Posse
 1975 The Day of the Locust
Earle Shoop
 1975 The Runaway Barge (TV Movie)
Earl Owens
 1975 Judgment: The Court Martial of Lieutenant William Calley (TV Movie)
Prosecuting attorney
 1974 The Rookies (TV Series)
Wayne Shipley
- Death at 6 A.M. (1974) ... Wayne Shipley
 1974 The Manhunter (TV Series)
Sonny Welch
- Death on the Run (1974) ... Sonny Welch
 1974 The Nickel Ride
 1974 Gondola (TV Movie)
 1973 Doc Elliot (TV Series)
Eldred McCoy
- And All Ye Need to Know (1973) ... Eldred McCoy
- Pilot (1973) ... Eldred McCoy
 1973 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series)
- One Big Happy Family (1973) ... Jeb
 1973 White Lightning
Roy Boone
 1972 The Getaway
Frank Jackson
 1972 The Only Way Home
 1972 The Culpepper Cattle Co.
Dixie Brick
 1972 Nichols (TV Series)
- Sleight of Hand (1972) ... Kansas
 1972 Ironside (TV Series)
Gregg Hewitt
- And Then There Was One (1972) ... Gregg Hewitt
 1971/I Cat Ballou (TV Movie)
 1969-1970 Mod Squad (TV Series)
Arnie / Tom Styles
- A Far Away Place So Near (1970) ... Arnie
- A Seat by the Window (1969) ... Tom Styles
 1970 Monte Walsh
Jumpin' Joe Joslin
 1970 Macho Callahan
 1970 The Moonshine War
Bud Blackwell
 1969 Bonanza (TV Series)
Stretch Logan
- The Witness (1969) ... Stretch Logan
 1969 The Bridge at Remagen
Corp. Grebs
 1969 The Wild Bunch
Crazy Lee
 1969 The Thousand Plane Raid
Capt. Douglass
 1968 The Guns of Will Sonnett (TV Series)
Ben Merceen / Wes Redford
- Guilt (1968) ... Ben Merceen
- What's in a Name (1968) ... Wes Redford
 1968 Dayton's Devils
Navy truck driver
 1968 The Rat Patrol (TV Series)
Bo Randall
- The Tug of War Raid (1968) ... Bo Randall
 1968 Judd for the Defense (TV Series)
Ned Sims
- No Law Against Murder (1968) ... Ned Sims
 1967 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series)
- Goober the Executive (1967) ... George
 1967 The Wild Wild West (TV Series)
Zack Garrison
- The Night of the Iron Fist (1967) ... Zack Garrison
 1967 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Harper Haggen
- Hard Luck Henry (1967) ... Harper Haggen
 1967 The Virginian (TV Series)
- Johnny Moon (1967) ... Will
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
- The Hubcap Caper (1966) ... Chub

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[b] © - Fox Television

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Submitted by administrator Sat, 05/28/2022 - 14:32

This is but a fraction of all the trips and great times Bo and I shared. We did hotrod shows all over America. So many plane trips, hotels, breakfasts and dinners together, meeting so many lovely fans of American Graffiti. Thousands really. We made some lifetime friendships this way. We traveled together starting 1998 and had plans for many shows this year. Bo loved people and spent time with all his fans. He was a wonder to behold. Animals naturally gravitated to him. I have so many photos of him loving on someone’s pet. My world will not be the same without my beloved friend Bo. This is a very hard day for me.

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