Bo Hopkins dead at 80, American Graffiti, Wild Bunch actor

Bo Hopkins dead at 80, American Graffiti, Wild Bunch actor

Hollywood actor Bo Hopkins, best known for his roles in films like ‘American Graffiti’ and ‘Wild Bunch’, has died aged 80.

The star’s death in a California hospital on Saturday came weeks after the actor suffered a heart attack.

Hopkins was confirmed by his wife Sian Hopkins, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The outlet reported that Hopkins died in Van Nuys, Calif., at Valley Presbyterian Hospital.

One of the actor’s first film roles was as Clarence “Crazy” Lee in the 1969 Sam Peckinpah film “The Wild Bunch.”

A few years later, in 1973, he appeared in the film “American Graffiti” by George Lucas.

In this film, he played the supporting character of Joe “Little Joe” Young, a gang leader.

“Graffiti got people out dragging and cruising up and down the streets,” the actor said of the classic car movie, speaking to Shock Cinema magazine.

“It got people doing this stuff in cars again.”

Bo Hopkins
Hopkins died in Van Nuys, California.
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Bo Hopkins
Bo Hopkins in “The Killer Elite” in 1975.
Courtesy of Everett Collection

Decades later, the actor was still appearing at classic car shows due to his role in American Graffiti and the film’s popularity among car enthusiasts.

“If I told you how many times people came up to me at these shows and told us we changed their lives, you wouldn’t believe it,” he said in the Shock Cinema interview.

This story originally appeared on The sun and has been reproduced here with permission.

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