Bo Hopkins


Actor

About

Birth Place
Greenwood, South Carolina, USA
Born
February 02, 1942

Biography

Blond character player and occasional lead of films and TV who played impetuous, thrill-seeking and sometimes violent country boys early in his career and later specialized in sturdy, though occasionally still villainous, authority figures. Hopkins studied under Uta Hagen and at the Desilu Playhouse, where his work netted him an agent and an audition for director Sam Peckinpah. Soon ther...

Family & Companions

Sian Hopkins
Wife
Has one other child.
Sian Hopkins
Wife
Executive assistant. Married c. 1989; worked for Don Johnson; mother of Matthew.

Biography

Blond character player and occasional lead of films and TV who played impetuous, thrill-seeking and sometimes violent country boys early in his career and later specialized in sturdy, though occasionally still villainous, authority figures. Hopkins studied under Uta Hagen and at the Desilu Playhouse, where his work netted him an agent and an audition for director Sam Peckinpah. Soon thereafter he made his film debut in Peckinpah's violent, strikingly elegiac landmark Western, "The Wild Bunch" (1969). With his tousled hair, clear eyes and Southern drawl, Hopkins adeptly played a variety of yokels, wily and stupid alike, who could be sensitive and sympathetic. More often, though, he did a delicious job of unsettling viewers with his potent squint as deceptive villains or as blatantly reckless types, given to macho posturing and its attendant mayhem.

The tough, laconic Hopkins was well-suited to action fare, from the war epic "The Bridge at Remagen" (1969) to the TV-movie "The Kansas City Massacre" (1975), in which he played gangster "Pretty Boy" Floyd, to crime dramas including Peckinpah's "The Getaway" (1972), "White Lightning" (1973), "Midnight Express" (1978) and the direct-to-video "President's Target" (1993). His rugged stance has made him especially at home in the Westerns which have kept him busy, from "Monte Walsh" (1970), "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973) and "Posse" (1975) through TV-movies like "The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang" (1979) and "Louis L'Amour's 'Down the Long Hills'" (1986). He was fine in the feature "The Ballad of Little Jo" (1993), as the rancher who gives the sexually disguised heroine a chance at sheep herding. Hopkins' iconic value in Westerns was even used reflexively in "The Day of the Locust" (1975), an adaptation of Nathanael West's classic novel about Hollywood, with Hopkins as a troubled cowboy stuntman.

Although Hopkins gave a fine performance in his first feature lead, the intriguing if minor road picture "The Only Way Home" (1972), he never quite caught on as a leading man. He has kept busy, though, if sometimes in rather minor credits. His roles as aggressive outsiders have gradually been replaced by lawmen and other similar roles: In three features made almost back to back, "Trapper County War," "The Bounty Hunter" (both 1989) and "The Final Alliance" (1990) he played sheriffs. Hopkins has also tried TV series, including a stint as the bush pilot who aids the woodsy "Doc Elliot" (1973-74), and one season as Matthew Blaisdel, the geologist enamored of Krystle (Linda Evans), on the primetime soap, "Dynasty" (1981). Hopkins occasionally reprised the role during the show's long run, briefly terrorizing the entire cast during the 1987-88 season.

Filmography

 

Cast (Feature Film)

Open Window (2007)
Shade (2004)
Scarne
An American Reunion (2003)
A Crack in the Floor (2001)
South of Heaven, West of Hell (2000)
Vice (2000)
Time Served (2000)
Big Brother Trouble (2000)
Getting to Know You (1999)
Uncle Sam (1998)
From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money (1998)
Lawson
Phantoms (1998)
The Newton Boys (1998)
U Turn (1997)
Fever Lake (1996)
Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right (1996)
Himself
Texas Payback (1996)
The November Conspiracy (1995)
Captain Brogan
Painted Hero (1995)
Brownie
Riders in the Storm (1995)
Radioland Murders (1994)
Cheyenne Warrior (1994)
The Ballad of Little Jo (1993)
President's Target (1993)
The Legend of Wolf Mountain (1992)
Ranger Haynes
Center of the Web (1992)
Frank Allesendro
Inside Monkey Zetterland (1992)
Blood Ties (1991)
Chief Hunter
The Final Alliance (1990)
Sheriff Whistler
Big Bad John (1990)
Trapper County War (1989)
The Bounty Hunter (1989)
Sheriff Bennett
Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Reilly
A Smoky Mountain Christmas (1986)
Gone to Texas (1986)
Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills (1986)
What Comes Around (1986)
Night Shadows (1984)
Ghost Dancing (1983)
Dave Groves
Sweet Sixteen (1981)
Dan Burke
The Plutonium Incident (1980)
Art Reeves
Rodeo Girl (1980)
Casino (1980)
More American Graffiti (1979)
The Fifth Floor (1979)
Beggarman, Thief (1979)
The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979)
Thaddeus Rose and Eddie (1978)
Crisis in Sun Valley (1978)
The Busters (1978)
Chad Kimbrough
Midnight Express (1978)
Tex
Tentacles (1977)
Charlie's Angels (1976)
The Invasion of Johnson County (1976)
A Small Town In Texas (1976)
Duke
Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway (1976)
The Nickel Ride (1975)
Turner
The Kansas City Massacre (1975)
Pretty Boy Floyd
The Runaway Barge (1975)
The Killer Elite (1975)
Jerome Miller
Posse (1975)
The Day of the Locust (1975)
White Lightning (1973)
American Graffiti (1973)
The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing (1973)
The Culpepper Cattle Co. (1972)
Dixie Brick
The Getaway (1972)
Frank Jackson
The Only Way Home (1972)
Orval
Macho Callahan (1970)
Yancy
Monte Walsh (1970)
Jumpin' Joe Joslin
The Moonshine War (1970)
Bud Blackwell
The Wild Bunch (1969)
Crazy Lee
The Bridge at Remagen (1969)
Corporal Grebs

Producer (Feature Film)

Shade (2004)
Executive Producer

Misc. Crew (Feature Film)

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right (1996)
Other

Cast (Special)

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide (1988)
From Hawaii With Love (1986)
The Celebrity Football Classic (1979)
Woman on the Run (1977)
Owen
Doc Elliot (1973)
Eldred Mccoy; The Bush Pilot
Cat Ballou (1971)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Op Center (1994)
Darrell Mccaskey
Aspen (1977)

Life Events

1969

Made film acting debut in Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch"; was also the first of three films for director Peckinpah

1971

Earliest TV appearances included a Western-comedy series pilot, "Cat Ballou", based on the hit film of 1965

1972

First feature lead and first top billing, "The Only Way Home"

1973

TV series debut, as Eldred McCoy on the ABC drama series, "Doc Elliot", starring James Franciscus; the pilot film for the series also marked Hopkins's TV-movie debut

1977

Acted in first TV miniseries, "Aspen"

1977

First non-US film, "Tentacoli/Tentacles", an Italian production with a primarily American cast also made available in an English-language version

1978

Had featured role in "Midnight Express"

1981

Played Matthew Blaisdel on the ABC primetime serial drama, "Dynasty"; later reprised the role several times during the course of the show's nine-season run

1986

Last TV-movie for five years, "A Smoky Mountain Christmas"

1990

Journeyed to South Africa to make a feature, "The Final Alliance", starring David Hasselhoff

1991

First TV-movie in five years, "Blood Ties"

1993

Co-starred in "The Ballad of Little Jo"

1997

Appeared in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn"

1998

Had supporting role in Richard Linklater's "The Newton Boys"

2004

Cast as Scarne in the drama "Shade," set in the world of L.A. poker hustlers

Videos

Movie Clip

Wild Bunch, The (1969) - Shall We Gather At The River Part of Sam Peckinpah's preposterous opening, in which the prayer meeting enters the incipient shootout, Crazy Lee (Bo Hopkins) abuses hostages, and rivals Thornton (Robert Ryan) and Pike (William Holden) miss shots at each other, in The Wild Bunch, 1969.
White Lightning (1973) - Open, Donny With the credits, Ned Beatty, whom we'll learn is a crooked Arkansas sheriff, murders two college students, one of whom plays the brother of leading man Burt Reynolds, (as bootlegger Gator McClusky), in his breakout action hit White Lightning, 1973, directed by Joseph Sargent.
White Lightning (1973) - Women And The Po-lice Working undercover for the feds, Gator (Burt Reynolds) finishes buddying up to bootlegger Roy (Bo Hopkins) then insists that Dude (Matt Clark) introduce him to Sheriff Connors (Ned Beatty), the object of his vengeance, in White Lightning, 1973, location shooting in downtown Benton, Arkansas.
Moonshine War, The (1970) - Iffin' The Law Needs Upholdin' In the opening scene Patrick McGoohan was introduced as Long, a federal agent from Louisville, checked into a provincial Kentucky hotel in 1932, interested in local Son Martin (Alan Alda), introduced here with Will Geer as sheriff Baylor, Bo Hopkins and John Schuck among the crew, in director Richard Quine’s The Moonshine War, 1970, from Elmore Leonard’s novel and screenplay.
Getaway, The (1972) - You Boys Just Do Your Job Not nearly so built-up as it is now, at the River Walk in San Antonio, Steve McQueen as McCoy, visits crooked parole official Benyon (Ben Johnson), who just got him sprung and, we learn, was planning a job all along, Al Lettieri and Bo Hopkins on the crew, in Sam Peckinpah’s The Getaway, 1972.

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Family

Jane Hopkins
Daughter
Austrian.
Matthew McCoy Hopkins
Son
Has four by Lewis Kaden.
Matthew McCoy Hopkins
Son
Born July 11, 1995; mother Sian Hopkins, executive assistant to Don Johnson.

Companions

Sian Hopkins
Wife
Has one other child.
Sian Hopkins
Wife
Executive assistant. Married c. 1989; worked for Don Johnson; mother of Matthew.

Bibliography