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

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Hollywood actor Bo Hopkins, finest identified for his roles in movies like “American Graffiti” and “Wild Bunch,” has died on the age of 80.

The star’s dying at a California hospital on Saturday got here a number of weeks after the actor had skilled a coronary heart assault.

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

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

One of many actor’s earliest movie roles was taking part in Clarence “Loopy” Lee within the 1969 Sam Peckinpah movie “The Wild Bunch.”

Just a few years later in 1973, he appeared in George Lucas’ breakout movie “American Graffiti.”

In that movie, he performed the supporting character position of Joe “Little Joe” Younger, a gang chief.

“Graffiti acquired folks out draggin’ and going up, and down streets cruisin’,” the actor stated of the traditional automobile movie, chatting with Shock Cinema journal.

“It acquired folks into automobiles doing that form of stuff once more.”

Bo Hopkins
Hopkins died in Van Nuys, California.
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Bo Hopkins
Bo Hopkins in 1975’s “The Killer Elite.”
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A long time later the actor was nonetheless showing at traditional automobile exhibits on account of his position in American Graffiti, and the movie’s reputation amongst automobile lovers.

“If I advised you what number of occasions folks have come as much as … me at these exhibits and advised us that we’ve modified their lives, you wouldn’t imagine it,” he stated within the Shock Cinema interview.

This story initially appeared on The Sun and has been reproduced right here with permission.