‘American Graffiti’ actor Bo Hopkins dies at 80

Fans are morning the death of actor Bo Hopkins.

Reports indicate that the American Graffiti star has passed away at the age of 80. 

The news of Hopkins’ passing was delivered by Sean Eleanor Green, his wife of over three decades. Green revealed that Hopkins passed away recently at the Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California.

According to Green, Hopkins suffered a heart attack on May 9 from which he was never able to recover.

Remembering Hopkins

Hopkins enjoyed a long acting career that spanned many decades. It was a career that he vigorously pursued after his time in the 101st Airborne Division of the U.S. Army.

Following a somewhat slow start, Hopkins would go on to have more than 100 acting credits to his name. He is particularly well-known for the numerous supporting roles that he played in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hopkins, though, is perhaps most well-known for his role in George Lucas’s American Graffiti. 

In the classic movie, Hopkins played the role of Joe “Little Joe” Young, a gang leader. The role was such a hit that, throughout the remainder of his life, Hopkins would go on to appear at classic car shows.

“Another great is gone”

Lucasfilm released a statement following the news of Hopkins’s passing calling the actor’s performances “always memorable.”

The statement reads:

Our company mourns the recent passing of actor Bo Hopkins. One of the earliest members of our Lucasfilm family, he first appeared in “American Graffiti” as Joe, the tough but endearing leader of the Pharaohs car club. His smooth, commanding presence led to his reappearance in “More American Graffiti” and a small role in “Radioland Murders.” His performances were always memorable and he was a cherished friend to the community of “American Graffiti” enthusiasts. Rest in peace, Bo. We’ll see you on 10th Street…

Fans, too, have been offering their tributes on social media.

As one user put it:

Another great is gone. One of the most natural actors to ever do it. In the 70s, he was a mainstay in many great films. One of my faves. A welcome presence in any project. Goodbye and Farewell to Bo Hopkins.

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