William “Bo” Hopkins was an American actor who was perhaps best known for playing important supporting roles in a number of major studio films between 1969 and 1979, and appeared in many other television shows and TV movies.
Hopkins appeared in more than 100 film and television roles in a career of more than 40 years, including the major studio films The Wild Bunch in the year 1969, The Bridge at Remagen in the year 1969, The Getaway in the year 1972, and American Graffiti in the year 1973.
Not only that, but Hopkins film and television roles includes, The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing in the year 973, The Killer Elite in the year 1975, Posse in the year 1975, A Small Town in Texas in the year 1976, Midnight Express in the year 1978, and More American Graffiti in the year 1979.
After Hopkins’ first roles in major films in the early 1970s, he appeared in White Lightning in the year1973.
Hopkins played Roy Boone. Jerry Reed and Hopkins played brothers Joe Hawkins and Tom Hawkins in the 1985 film What Comes Around.
Bo Hopkins Family: Parents, Siblings, Wife, Children
William Hopkins was born in Greenville, South Carolina. At the age of nine months, he was adopted by a couple who were unable to conceive. Growing up, he was called “Billy.”
His adoptive father worked in a mill in Taylors, South Carolina. When his father was 39, he died of a heart attack on the porch of the family’s home. Billy and his mother witnessed his death.
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 a man whose last name was Davis. Hopkins did not get along with his new stepfather; the two got into numerous arguments, some serious.
After running away from home a few times, he was sent to live with his grandparents 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, who lived with his half-sisters and a half-brother in Lockhart, another small mill town in South Carolina.
Billy led a troubled life as a youngster, with numerous instances of truancy, minor crimes, and a stay in a reform school. He dropped out of school 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.
Norma Hopkins is the ex and first wife of Bo Hopkins. The late American actor and Norma marriage lasted for only three years.
The couple got married in the year 1959 and divorced in 1962. Jane is their only child.
After divorced with first wife, Bo married his second and current wife untill his death, Sian Eleanor Green. The couple got married in the year 1989. Matthew Hopkins is their only child and son.
Born on February 2, 1942, in Greenville, South Carolina, United States, Hopkins died on the Saturday morning of May 28, 2022, at the age of 80, at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California, United States.
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