Bo Hopkins, a veteran American actor, died on May 28, 2022, at the age of 84. His death was verified in an official statement sent to The Hollywood Reporter by Sian, his wife of 33 years. She said that the actor experienced a heart collapse on May 9 and died on Saturday at Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys. The announcement was also made on Hopkins’ official website:
“It is with profound regret that we announce the death of Bo.” Bo loved hearing from his fans all over the world, and while he couldn’t respond to every email he received over the years, he appreciated hearing from each and every one of you.”
Lost another brilliant character actor. Farewell Bo Hopkins pic.twitter.com/UrB9MrIK8F
— Vintage Los Angeles (@alisonmartino) May 28, 2022
Hopkins is best known for his role as Joe Young, the leader of the greaser gang The Pharaohs, in George Lucas’ 1973 film American Graffiti. Among many other films, he has appeared in The Wild Bunch, Midnight Express, The Getaway, The Killer Elite, White Lightning, and Dusk to Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money. In 1996, he made his television debut on an episode of The Phyllis Diller Show. He also appeared on The Virginian, The Wild Wild West, Judd for the Defense, and The Rat Patrol, among others. Bp Hopkins’ most recent appearance was in Ron Howard’s 2020 film Hillbilly Elegy. His wife, Sian Eleanor Green, and their children, Matthew and Jane Hopkins survive him.
A Look into Bo Hopkins’ family life
On February 2, 1938, in Greenville, South Carolina, William Hopkins was born. He was adopted at the age of nine months by a couple and grew up with his adoptive parents. His father supposedly worked at a mill in Taylors, South Carolina, and died when he was 39 years old. Hopkins and his mother relocated to neighboring Ware Shoals to live with his grandparents and uncles when his father died. After his mother remarried, the actor was sent to live with his grandparents.
Hopkins discovered he was adopted when he was 12 years old. In Lockhart, he ultimately met his biological mother, half-sister, and half-brother. Unfortunately, the actor had various legal issues as a child and eventually opted to serve in the United States Army before his eighteenth birthday.
Bo Hopkins Marriage
In 1989, the American Graffiti actor married Sian Eleanor Green, and the couple remained together for nearly three decades until the former’s death. They also have two children, a boy named Matthew and a daughter named Jane.