Bo Hopkins, who showed off his acting prowess to films like The Wild Bunch, American Graffiti, Midnight Express, White Lightning, and many others has unfortunately died on May 28th at the age of 80. Hopkins spent his final days and moments with his wife of 33 years, Sian Eleanor Green, by his side at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in the Van Nuys suburb of Los Angeles after suffering a heart attack on May 9.
Upon his passing, on the actor self titled website, there was a statement declared which read, "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. He loved his life in Hollywood, especially the many friends he made on his movies. He made friends that ran the gamut of each film and most of those friendships lasted a lifetime."
He performed in local theater before heading to New York for an off-Broadway production, and soon after, received a scholarship to an acting school at the Desilu-Cahuenga Studios in Hollywood with Diane Davis as his agent. Hopkins made his on-screen debut in 1966 on an episode of The Phyllis Diller Show. His acting career spanned nearly a whopping six decades. As per the self titled website, he started off his career with the Desilu Playhouse. His first credits appeared on various TV series in the late 1960s including The Phyllis Diller Show, Gunsmoke and The Andy Griffith Show.
In George Lucas’ 1973 coming-of-age comedy drama American Graffiti, his turn as Joe Young, the leader of The Pharaohs greaser gang who peer pressured Richard Dreyfuss' character, Curt, into mischief, solidified him as an outstanding on screen villain. The portrayal gave the actor a bad boy persona but he was also considered a Western icon, receiving a star on the Western Walk of Stars in Santa Clarita, California, in 2017.
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