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Bo Hopkins is a Actor and Executive Producer American born on 2 february 1938 at Greenville (USA)

Bo Hopkins

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Birth name William Mauldin Hopkins
Nationality USA
Birth 2 february 1938 at Greenville (USA)
Death 28 may 2022 (at 84 years)

William Hopkins (born February 2, 1942), known as Bo Hopkins, is an American actor of stage, television and film.


William Hopkins was born in Greenville, South Carolina, in 1942. At the age of nine months he was adopted by a couple who were unable to conceive their own. Growing up, he was called "Billy". His adoptive father worked in a mill in Taylors, South Carolina. When his father was 39, Billy was present with his mother when he died of a heart attack on the porch of the family's home. Unable to remain in their house, a month later the two of them moved to a new residence in nearby Ware Shoals, where his grandfather and uncles worked in another mill. His mother eventually remarried to a man whose last name was Davis. Hopkins did not get along with his new stepfather and the two got into numerous arguments, some serious. After running away from home a few times, he was sent to live with grandparents out in the country and while there he learned that he had been adopted because his adoptive mother could not bear children. At age 12, he met his birth mother for the first time, who lived in a South Carolina mill town called Lockhart, and also his half-sisters and a half-brother.

Billy led a troubled life as a youngster, with numerous instances of truancy, minor crimes, and a stay at a reform school. He dropped out of school at 16 just before his 17th birthday and joined the United States Army, where he was assigned to the 101st Airborne division. He was based at Fort Jackson, Fort Gordon and Fort Pope, before being shipped off to Korea, where he served for nine months. After his military service, William "Billy" Hopkins began dating a girl named Norma, whom he married at about age 18, and they had a daughter named Jane.

Hopkins became interested in pursuing an acting career, which his wife disapproved of, and she left him, taking their daughter with her. After appearing in some area plays, he received a scholarship to study acting and stage production at the Pioneer Playhouse in Kentucky, where he soon moved. While there he began dating a girl who was a Miss Mississippi. From Kentucky, he made his way to New York City to act in more stage plays. After New York, he moved to Hollywood with his cousin's boyfriend, who wanted to be a stuntman. In Hollywood, he earned a living parking cars while studying at the Actors Studio, where one of his classmates was future Oscar winner Martin Landau.

Explaining in a 2012 magazine interview how he got his first name "Bo," he said: William Hopkins is my real name. Billy when I was growing up. When I went to New York, "Bus Stop" was my first off-Broadway play, and the character that I played was named "Bo." The producers wanted me to change my name, and since I wanted to keep my last name, we agreed to change the first. That's how it became "Bo."— Bo Hopkins, Shock Cinema, "An Interview with Actor Bo Hopkins", Number 42, June 2012.

Hopkins is currently married to Sian Eleanor Green (1989 to present). After six years of professional inactivity, Hopkins has returned to acting, reading scripts, and is writing his autobiography.

Best films

Midnight Express (1978)

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Filmography of Bo Hopkins (55 films)

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Pitcher and the Pin-Up, 1h44
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Romance
Actors Paul Kent, John Saxon, Stephen Bishop, Bo Hopkins, Wilford Brimley, Marisol Nichols
Roles Coach Stangel
Rating56% 2.8086352.8086352.8086352.8086352.808635
The Road Home (A.K.A. "Pitcher and the Pin-Up") is the story of childhood friends Danny (Drew Johnson) and Missy (Corinna Harney). Danny has dreams of making it in Major League Baseball while Missy doesn't really dream of anything except happiness. Danny rescues her from her abusive father (John Saxon) in High School and the two become inseparable. Inseparable, that is, until life comes between them.
Shade (2003)
, 1h41
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Jeu, Films about magic and magicians, Poker, Heist films, Gangster films, Escroquerie
Actors Stuart Townsend, Sylvester Stallone, Melanie Griffith, Jamie Foxx, Paul Walker, Thandie Newton
Roles Lieutenant Scarne
Rating62% 3.149083.149083.149083.149083.14908
Many years ago, a young Dean is playing in a mob-run illegal underground poker game. The game is raided by robbers who order everyone to put up their hands. The Dean reluctantly does so, revealing the card he's concealed. Incensed, a fellow player grabs a gun and starts shooting, setting off a firefight that kills everyone in the club except the Dean and one of the mobsters. The two men point their guns at each other's heads.
City of Ghosts, 1h56
Directed by Matt Dillon
Origin USA
Genres Thriller
Actors James Caan, Matt Dillon, Stellan Skarsgård, Natascha McElhone, Gérard Depardieu, Rose Byrne
Roles (Uncredited)
Rating58% 2.949722.949722.949722.949722.94972
Jimmy (played by Matt Dillon) is a conman who's been working for a fake insurance company in New York City that is being investigated by the FBI after it cannot pay claims that have poured in after a hurricane. Discovering that his mentor and the mastermind of the scheme, Marvin (James Caan), has skipped the country and gone to Thailand, Jimmy boards a plane with the intention of trying to collect his money.
Cowboy Up
Cowboy Up (2002)
, 1h45
Directed by Xavier Koller
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Action, Romance, Western
Actors Kiefer Sutherland, Marcus Thomas, Daryl Hannah, Melinda Dillon, Molly Ringwald, Karina Logue
Roles Ray Drupp
Rating56% 2.808032.808032.808032.808032.80803
Rising rodeo star Ely Braxton (Marcus Thomas) is recovering from injuries that almost took his life. Against the wishes of his mother Rose Braxton (Melinda Dillon) and girlfriend Connie (Molly Ringwald), Ely starts riding bulls again to achieve his dream of becoming a champion bull rider like his estranged father, Reid Braxton (Pete Postlethwaite). Ely's older brother, Hank (Kiefer Sutherland), is a champion bullfighter and stock contractor, and the two use each other to better their rodeo skills and work together at their family ranch in Santa Maria, California. As Ely's rodeo career becomes highly successful, he starts a relationship with Celia Jones (Daryl Hannah), who is a barrel racer and Hank's love interest. Hank is consumed with anger and jealousy at Ely's betrayal and the brothers become estranged.
A Crack in the Floor, 1h30
Origin USA
Genres Horror
Actors Mario Lopez, Gary Busey, Bo Hopkins, Rance Howard, Tracy Scoggins, Daisy McCrackin
Roles Sheriff Talmidge
Rating31% 1.5690651.5690651.5690651.5690651.569065
For the past 33 years Jeremiah Hill has lived alone, with no contact with the outside world, and he intends to keep it that way. Jeremiah's mother (Tracy Scoggins) had always warned him not to associate with the outside world, and her brutal rape and killing right before his eyes taught him a lesson he intends never to forget; and those who enter his world will pay a deadly price. As Lehman (Mario Lopez) and his five friends from Los Angeles start their weekend camping trip they run into Tyler Trout (Gary Busey) and Floyd Fryed (Rance Howard) who represent the gateway into this distorted world that they are about to enter. These things just don't happen in the small mountain town of Sheriff Talmidge (Bo Hopkins) and Deputy Kevin Gordon (Stephen Saux). By stumbling upon this lonely cabin in the woods, the men have shattered 33 years of solitude in Jeremiah's world. Soon their weekend trip of hiking and camping will become a nightmare of survival.
Big Brother Trouble, 1h45
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Mario Lopez, Dick Van Patten, E. E. Bell, Michal Suchánek, Bo Hopkins, Melanie Chartoff
Roles Oddo
Rating49% 2.453322.453322.453322.453322.45332
Mitch & Suan sont frères et le seul intérêt qu’ils partagent est le football. Quand Gwen la fille du capitaine de police emménage dans la maison voisine, Mitch tombe immédiatement amoureux de sa fille ? Mais Gwen a 16 ans et est beaucoup plus attirée par Sean qui a son âge. Mitch et ses amis mettent alors au point un plan pour faire capoter leur idylle naissante.
South of Heaven, West of Hell, 2h12
Directed by Dwight Yoakam
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Billy Bob Thornton, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Vaughn, Bridget Fonda, Peter Fonda, Paul Reubens
Roles ‘Doc’ Angus Dunfries
Rating41% 2.0629452.0629452.0629452.0629452.062945
Au début du XXème siècle, dans une petite ville située au fin fond de l'Arizona, le jeune marshal Valentine Casey reçoit, le soir de Noël, la visite d'une bande de hors-la-loi, qui font partie de sa famille et avec lesquels il partage un passé peu reluisant. Ces derniers ne tardent pas à semer la terreur dans les environs.
South of Heaven, West of Hell, 2h12
Directed by Dwight Yoakam
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Action, Western
Actors Billy Bob Thornton, Vince Vaughn, Bridget Fonda, Dwight Yoakam, Peter Fonda, Joe Unger
Roles ‘Doc’ Angus Dunfries
Rating41% 2.0629452.0629452.0629452.0629452.062945
Au début du XXème siècle, dans une petite ville située au fin fond de l'Arizona, le jeune marshal Valentine Casey reçoit, le soir de Noël, la visite d'une bande de hors-la-loi, qui font partie de sa famille et avec lesquels il partage un passé peu reluisant. Ces derniers ne tardent pas à semer la terreur dans les environs.
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money, 1h28
Directed by Scott Spiegel
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Vampires in film, Comedy horror films
Actors Robert Patrick, Bo Hopkins, Duane Whitaker, Muse Watson, Danny Trejo, Raymond Cruz
Roles Sheriff Lawson
Rating41% 2.057682.057682.057682.057682.05768
Une ancienne bande de braqueurs se reforme après plusieurs années pour braquer la banque de la frontière Sud des États-Unis. Mais ils vont rencontrer des vampires assoiffés de sang qui vont les contrarier…
Phantoms (1998)
, 1h31
Directed by Joe Chappelle
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Medical-themed films, Post-apocalyptic films, Films about religion, Films set in the future, Zombie films, Films about viral outbreaks, Political films, Dystopian films, Disaster films
Actors Ben Affleck, Joanna Going, Clifton Powell, Peter O'Toole, Rose McGowan, Liev Schreiber
Roles Agent Hawthorne
Rating54% 2.7002452.7002452.7002452.7002452.700245
Dr. Jennifer Paige brings her sister Lisa to the resort town of Snowfield, Colorado, a small ski resort village nestled in the Rocky Mountains where Jenny works as a doctor. Once in town, the sisters find no one around but a few corpses. At first, their suspicions are that of a serial killer loose in town. After finding the severed heads of the town baker and his wife in an oven, the sisters are found by Sheriff Bryce Hammond, a former FBI agent haunted by the death of a boy he accidentally killed, and his deputies Stu Wargle and Steve Shanning who came to investigate the strange killings.
The Newton Boys, 1h53
Directed by Richard Linklater
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Action, Adventure, Historical, Crime, Western
Actors Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D'Onofrio, Julianna Margulies, Gail Cronauer
Roles K.P. Aldrich
Rating60% 3.049983.049983.049983.049983.04998
Due to a miscarriage of justice Willis Newton was in prison. Afterwards he worked on a farm and was in love with the owner's daughter. Their marriage was confounded when her father was informed that Willis had been a convict. Willis returns to his family's land and tells his mother how the farmer offered him to stay as a mere worker. Still upset he craves a chance to escape poverty and goes to town. Willis meets with two criminals named Slim and Glasscock in a western saloon. The proprietor is an Indian chief who got rich when oil was found on his land. Word is the chief would not have even been allowed to enter the saloon as a guest before that. Thus Willis learns that social climbing is possible for him too if only he happens to get to a lot of money. Now he will collect a great deal of money by robbing banks until he can purchase an oil well.
U Turn
U Turn (1997)
, 2h
Directed by Oliver Stone
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Comedy, Romantic comedy, Crime
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality
Actors Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Jennifer Lopez, Joaquin Phoenix, Powers Boothe, Billy Bob Thornton
Roles Ed
Rating66% 3.3494853.3494853.3494853.3494853.349485
A drifter named Bobby (Sean Penn) is on his way to pay off a large debt of $13,000 to a gangster in California when his car breaks down, forcing him to drive to the nearest town, Superior, Arizona. He takes the money with him but leaves his gun in the trunk of his car. While waiting for his car to be fixed by the town mechanic, Darrell (Billy Bob Thornton), he wanders around town where he meets Grace McKenna (Jennifer Lopez). Not realizing she is married, he hits on her and helps her carry some drapes to her car. She offers to take him back to her house where he can have a shower.
Fever Lake
Fever Lake (1997)
, 1h30
Genres Horror, Slasher
Actors Corey Haim, Mario Lopez, Bo Hopkins
Roles Sheriff Harris
Rating26% 1.3280251.3280251.3280251.3280251.328025
A group of teenagers visit a lake with intentions to spend the weekend there. Despite warnings from the locals, the group continues with their weekend plan and soon discover the lake is cursed.
Uncle Sam
Uncle Sam (1996)
, 1h29
Directed by William Lustig
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about families, Films about sexuality, Films about domestic violence, Serial killer films, Films about disabilities, Political films
Actors P. J. Soles, Bo Hopkins, Isaac Hayes, Anne Tremko, William Smith, Robert Forster
Roles Sgt. Twining
Rating45% 2.2591652.2591652.2591652.2591652.259165
In Kuwait, a military unit uncovers an American helicopter downed by friendly fire at least three years ago. As the wreckage is inspected, Master Sergeant Sam Harper, one of the burnt bodies within, springs to life and kills a sergeant and a major, and returns to an inert state after muttering, "Don't be afraid, it's only friendly fire!"
The Feminine Touch, 1h34
Directed by Conrad Janis
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Actors Paige Turco, Dirk Benedict, George Segal, Elliott Gould, Conrad Janis, Bo Hopkins
Roles Capt. Hogan
Rating53% 2.681542.681542.681542.681542.68154
Jenny Baron (Paige Turco) is a beautiful investigative reporter swept into a deadly conspiracy that reaches to the highest levels of the government. When she is assigned to get the story of charismatic Presidential candidate Senator Ashton (George Segal), her job is complicated by a string of political assassinations and attempts. After her lover (Dirk Benedict) is killed, things get personal. Jenny finds herself in possession of a computer disk that holds a list of powerful politicians marked for elimination, and the key to the massive web of death and deceit —— and now she's next on the list of targets! Pursued by hitmen and hunted by police, if she survives, she may discover a truth she's not prepared to accept.