James Hampton, ‘F Troop’ and ‘Longest Yard’ star, dead at 84

Prolific actor James Hampton — identified for roles in TV reveals together with “F Troop” of the Nineteen Sixties and films just like the 1974 Burt Reynolds film “The Longest Yard” — died Wednesday. He was 84.

His passing as a consequence of problems from Parkinson’s illness was confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter by a household spokesperson.

Hampton was a longtime pal of the late actor Reynolds, who died in 2018 at age 82, and obtained a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Newcomer — Male for his “Longest Yard” half.

During their careers, Reynolds and the Oklahoma-born Hampton carried out reverse one another in various movies, together with 1975’s “Hustle” and “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and 1973’s “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.” Hampton additionally was a director on 16 episodes of his pal’s 1990 to 1994 sitcom “Evening Shade,” on which he additionally contributed as a author.

Burt Reynolds and James Hampton in a scene from 1974’s “The Longest Yard.”Everett Collection

He and Reynolds first turned mates when Hampton appeared in a 1963 episode of the traditional TV Western “Gunsmoke.”

Hampton, an Army veteran, is also remembered for enjoying Harold Howard — the furry father of werewolf Scott Howard, performed by Michael J. Fox — within the 1985 horror-comedy “Teen Wolf.” He reprised that character in a 1987 spinoff, “Teen Wolf Too.”

James Hampton as Hannibal Dobbs within the Nineteen Sixties sitcom “F Troop.”Everett Collection

Over the course of his 50-years-plus profession, Hampton was an everlasting tv favourite, showing in a genre-hopping array of reveals together with “Melrose Place,” “Full House,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Newhart,” “Days of Our Lives,” “Mama’s Family,” “Punky Brewster,” “Murder, She Wrote,” “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Mannix,” “Love, American Style,” “The Rockford Files,” “The Doris Day Show” and many extra. Throughout the Nineteen Nineties he lent a hand as director to reveals together with “Sister, Sister,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Boston Common” and “Hearts Afire.”

His movie work included components in 1996’s “(*84*) Blade,” 1988’s “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach” and 1979’s “The China Syndrome.”

James Hampton within the 1979 film “The China Syndrome.”Columbia Pictures/ Everett Collection

In February, he printed the memoir “What? And Give Up Show Business?” that was launched by Texas Christian University Press.

Hampton, who died at dwelling in Fort Worth, Texas, is survived by his second spouse, Mary Deese, and three youngsters, James, Andrea and Frank, and a number of grandchildren. His household requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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