American actor Bo Hopkins died at the age of 81 at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, Los Angeles. According to Deadline, the cause of death was a heart attack.
In Hollywood, Hopkins was known as an outstanding supporting actor, playing important supporting characters in over 100 films. In a career spanning 50 years, Hopkins starred in films such as American Graffiti, Midnight Express, The Wild Bunch, Breakout, Turn, and others.
His birth name was William Hopkins. The actor got his pseudonym Bo thanks to the character of the same name, which he played in his first Off-Broadway drama, Bus Stop.
Actor William Hopkins was born on 2 February 1942 in Greenville, SC. He later changed his name to “Bo” in connection with his role in Broadway’s first play, Bus Stop. Hopkins was raised by his mother and grandmother after his father died when he was only nine years old. He later learned that he was an adopted child and went to visit his birth parents.
He entered the US Army at the age of 16. After serving in the military, he decided to pursue a career in acting and gained experience in several TV episodes, summer stock productions and guest spots.
In addition to his work in film, Hopkins’ performances on TV have been credited to “The Rockford Files” (1974), “Charles’ Angels” (1976), “The Team” (1983), and “Hotel” (1976). . , Guest artists include 1983) and “Matt Houston” (1982). He was also featured in 1981’s “Dynasty”.
Although he began his career playing heavy, trigger-happy cowboys or sadist rednecks, he later evolved into a more “law-abiding” character. In 2020, Hopkins appeared in his last film, Hillbilly Elegy, directed by his “American Graffiti” co-star Ron Howard.