American actor James Hampton has died, aged 84, it has been confirmed. The actor died on Wednesday afternoon following problems from Parkinson’s illness, his household have introduced.
James had just lately helped drama college students in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas, and spent the vast majority of his life in his later years dedicating his time to charity.
His household mentioned: “It got here as no shock that James continued to obtain fan mail from all around the world nearly weekly.”
Confirming his demise in a social media publish, tv biographer Randy West penned: “Those who did not know his identify, definitely knew his candy face… And what you noticed is what you bought.
“Actor-director-writer James Hampton handed away right this moment at his residence in Ft Worth, Texas after a protracted sickness. He died peacefully in his sleep, along with his spouse at hand.
“The kindness in James’ eyes and the heat in his smile have been the attributes that introduced him a wealth of friendships that spanned a long time.
“They have been additionally the presents that endeared him to film, tv and theatre audiences over a profession of greater than 50 years.”
James’ appearing profession started within the Nineteen Seventies, when he took on the function of the Caretaker in The Longest Yard, for which he acquired a Golden Globe nomination in 1975.
He went on to just accept roles in The China Syndrome (1979) and Jerry Woolridge within the 1996 movie, Sling Blade.
Before retiring to the state of Texas, James’ appearing credit score included Death Valley Days, Perfect Strangers and most just lately, showing as Mr. Bernstein within the 2015 movie, Divine Access.
However, he’s finest identified to movie fanatics as Harold Howard within the 1985 hit, Teen Wolf, and as Uncle Harold Howard in Teen Wolf Too, launched in 1987.
Hampton additionally went on to star because the Mayor of Miami within the 1988 movie, Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach.
is newest credit score was simply final 12 months, serving because the director on the WB community show, Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane.
Born July 9, 1936, in Oklahoma City, America, James additionally glided by the names of Jimmy Hampton and (*84*) Hampton,
James Hampton is survived by his spouse, Mary Deese and his youngsters, James, Andrea and Frank.
Since the information of his passing, followers have taken to social media to share their condolences, with one tweeting: “This one actually hurts. #RIP James Hampton aka Jimmy. You will probably be missed. You have been an incredible man.”
Another added: “RIP Character actor James Hampton, 84. So good in Teen Wolf, The China Syndrome, The Cat from Outer Space, Sling Blade and plenty of TV.”
“James Hampton has handed at 84. He was a prolific actor primarily on TV from the 60s onward, and had a recurring function as Leroy B Simpson on The Doris Day Show; within the 90s he turned a sitcom director; all the time finest recalled as Dobbs, the bugler in F Troop: RIP,” mentioned one other.
While a fourth wrote: “RIP James Hampton. Memorable in The Longest Yard, and an eternally recent face on display screen and TV for years.”