Bo Hopkins’ Funeral: Bo Hopkins, a television, film, and stage actor born in Greenville and who spent part of his childhood in Ware Shoals, died early Saturday.
On May 9, 2022, Hopkins suffered a heart attack and later died yesterday in Southern California. 84-year-old Hopkins passed away at 1:35 a.m. at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California.
He played Joe Young in “American Graffiti,” which was released in 1973 and starred Ron Howard. In 2019, he collaborated with Howard for a Netflix production.
During the 1960s, Howard appeared on an episode of “The Andy Griffith Show,” a television comedy series in which Hopkins played Opie Taylor, with Larry Howard and Ted.
“The Wild Bunch,” made by John Huston in 1969, is one of Hopkins’ early feature films. He’d done television before, including “The Rockford Files” and “Dynasty.”
Actor William Mauldin Hopkins (Bo Hopkins) began his career in community theater and summer stock. He won a scholarship to acting school after relocating to Hollywood.
“Greenwood is very close to my heart, and I wear my Clemson T-shirt around L.A.,” Hopkins said in a 2019 interview with the Index-Journal. “I’m a big Clemson fan.”
He was a prolific actor, appearing in more than 100 films and television shows. Hopkins is survived by his wife, and two children, Jane and Matt.
Bo Hopkins’ Funeral Arrangements
The funeral for Bo Hopkins will take place at Harley Funeral Home in Greenwood. Arrangements have not yet been made public.
Venue: Harley Funeral Home, 1025 Main St S, Greenwood, SC 29646, United States
Bo Hopkins’ funeral was held today at Harley Funeral Home in Greenwood. Hopkins, who passed away on May 29 at age 84, was a beloved figure in the entertainment industry, with a career that spanned more than six decades.
He appeared in some of the most iconic films of the 20th century, including The Wild Bunch, Midnight Express, The Bounty Hunter, and, more recently, Vice and Hillbilly Elegy. However, he was perhaps best known for his role in the 1978 film The Midnight Express, for which he received many award nominations.
Bo Hopkins’ funeral will be attended by family, friends, and colleagues, all of whom paid tribute to his life and work. In addition to his many film roles, Hopkins was also an accomplished stage actor, appearing on Broadway in many popular productions. He will be greatly missed by all who know him.
Fans will forever remember Bo Hopkins as the man who gave them the memorable television moments.
RIP Bo Hopkins