Bo Hopkins

Blond character player and occasional lead of films and TV who played impetuous, thrill-seeking and sometimes violent country boys early in his career and later specialized in sturdy, though occasionally still ... Read more »
Born: 02/02/1942 in Greenwood, South Carolina, USA


Actor (85)

Shade 2004 (Movie)

Scarne (Actor)

Don't Let Go 2002 (Movie)

"The Boss" (Actor)

Cowboy Up 2001 (Movie)

Ray Drupp (Actor)

A Crack in the Floor 2000 (Movie)


Getting to Know You 2000 (Movie)

Officer Caminetto (Actor)

South of Heaven, West of Hell 2000 (Movie)

Doc Angus (Actor)

Time Served 2000 (Movie)


An American Reunion 1999 (Movie)


Vice 1999 (Movie)

Savannah's Lawyer (Actor)

From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money 1998 (Movie)

Lawson (Actor)

Phantoms 1998 (Movie)

Agent Hawthorne (Actor)

The Newton Boys 1998 (Movie)

K P Aldrich (Actor)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

Ed (Actor)

Uncle Sam 1997 (Movie)


Fever Lake 1996 (Movie)


Texas Payback 1996 (Movie)


Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Painted Hero 1995 (Movie)

Brownie (Actor)

Riders in the Storm 1995 (Movie)

Billy Van Owen (Actor)

Cheyenne Warrior 1994 (Movie)

Andrews (Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Billy's Father (Actor)

The November Conspiracy 1994 (Movie)

Captain Brogan (Actor)

Inside Monkey Zetterland 1993 (Movie)

Mike Zetterland (Actor)

The Ballad of Little Jo 1993 (Movie)

Frank Badger (Actor)

Center of the Web 1992 (Movie)

Frank Allesendro (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)


President's Target 1992 (Movie)


The Legend of Wolf Mountain 1992 (Movie)

Ranger Haynes (Actor)

Blood Ties 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)


Big Bad John 1990 (Movie)

Lester (Actor)

Dynasty 1980 - 1989 (TV Show)


The Bounty Hunter 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff Bennett (Actor)

The Final Alliance 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff Whistler (Actor)

Trapper County War 1989 (Movie)

Sheriff Sam Frost (Actor)

Drug Free Kids: A Parent's Guide 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)


Louis L'Amour's Down the Long Hills 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)


Nightmare at Noon 1987 (Movie)

Reilly (Actor)

From Hawaii With Love 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


What Comes Around 1986 (Movie)

Tom Hawkins (Actor)

Night Shadows 1983 (Movie)

Sheriff Will Stewart (Actor)

Casino 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Sweet Sixteen 1980 (Movie)

Dan Burke (Actor)

The Celebrity Football Classic 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


The Rockford Files 1974 - 1980 (TV Show)


More American Graffiti 1979 (Movie)

Little Joe (Actor)

Midnight Express 1978 (Movie)

Tex (Actor)

The Busters 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Woman on the Run 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)


Charlie's Angels 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)


Tentacoli 1976 (Movie)

Will Gleason (Actor)

A Small Town in Texas 1975 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Posse 1975 (Movie)

Wesley (Actor)

The Nickel Ride 1975 (Movie)

Turner (Actor)

Doc Elliot 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)


The Day of the Locust 1974 (Movie)

Earle Shoop (Actor)

The Killer Elite 1974 (Movie)

Jerome Miller (Actor)

American Graffiti 1973 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Doc Elliot 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)


White Lightning 1973 (Movie)

Roy Boone (Actor)

Cat Ballou 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)


The Culpepper Cattle Company 1972 (Movie)

Dixie Brick (Actor)

The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing 1972 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

The Getaway 1971 (Movie)

Frank Jackson (Actor)

The Only Way Home 1971 (Movie)

Orval (Actor)

Monte Walsh 1970 (Movie)


Macho Callahan 1969 (Movie)

Yancy (Actor)

The Bridge at Remagen 1969 (Movie)

Cpl Grebs (Actor)

The Wild Bunch 1969 (Movie)

Crazy Lee (Actor)

A Smoky Mountain Christmas (TV Show)


Aspen (TV Show)


Beggarman, Thief (TV Show)


Black Creek (Movie)


Crisis in Sun Valley (TV Show)


Ghost Dancing (TV Show)


Open Window (TV Show)


Rodeo Girl (TV Show)


Thaddeus Rose and Eddie (TV Show)


The Kansas City Massacre (TV Show)


The Plutonium Incident (TV Show)


The Runaway Barge (TV Show)


Tom Clancy's Op Center (TV Show)



Blond character player and occasional lead of films and TV who played impetuous, thrill-seeking and sometimes violent country boys early in his career and later specialized in sturdy, though occasionally still villainous, authority figures. Hopkins studied under Uta Hagen and at the Desilu Playhouse, where his work netted him an agent and an audition for director Sam Peckinpah. Soon thereafter he made his film debut in Peckinpah's violent, strikingly elegiac landmark Western, "The Wild Bunch" (1969). With his tousled hair, clear eyes and Southern drawl, Hopkins adeptly played a variety of yokels, wily and stupid alike, who could be sensitive and sympathetic. More often, though, he did a delicious job of unsettling viewers with his potent squint as deceptive villains or as blatantly reckless types, given to macho posturing and its attendant mayhem.

The tough, laconic Hopkins was well-suited to action fare, from the war epic "The Bridge at Remagen" (1969) to the TV-movie "The Kansas City Massacre" (1975), in which he played gangster "Pretty Boy" Floyd, to crime dramas including Peckinpah's "The Getaway" (1972), "White Lightning" (1973), "Midnight Express" (1978) and the direct-to-video "President's Target" (1993). His rugged stance has made him especially at home in the Westerns which have kept him busy, from "Monte Walsh" (1970), "The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing" (1973) and "Posse" (1975) through TV-movies like "The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang" (1979) and "Louis L'Amour's 'Down the Long Hills'" (1986). He was fine in the feature "The Ballad of Little Jo" (1993), as the rancher who gives the sexually disguised heroine a chance at sheep herding. Hopkins' iconic value in Westerns was even used reflexively in "The Day of the Locust" (1975), an adaptation of Nathanael West's classic novel about Hollywood, with Hopkins as a troubled cowboy stuntman.

Although Hopkins gave a fine performance in his first feature lead, the intriguing if minor road picture "The Only Way Home" (1972), he never quite caught on as a leading man. He has kept busy, though, if sometimes in rather minor credits. His roles as aggressive outsiders have gradually been replaced by lawmen and other similar roles: In three features made almost back to back, "Trapper County War", "The Bounty Hunter" (both 1989) and "The Final Alliance" (1990) he played sheriffs. Hopkins has also tried TV series, including a stint as the bush pilot who aids the woodsy "Doc Elliot" (1973-74), and one season as Matthew Blaisdel, the geologist enamored of Krystle (Linda Evans), on the primetime soap, "Dynasty" (1981). Hopkins occasionally reprised the role during the show's long run, briefly terrorizing the entire cast during the 1987-88 season.


Jane Hopkins


Sian Hopkins

married c. 1989 worked for Don Johnson mother of Matthew

Matthew Hopkins

born July 11, 1995 mother Sian Hopkins, executive assistant to Don Johnson


Desilu Workshop

Hollywood , California

HB Studio

New York , New York
studied acting with Uta Hagen



Cast as Scarne in the drama "Shade," set in the world of L.A. poker hustlers


Had supporting role in Richard Linklater's "The Newton Boys"


Appeared in Oliver Stone's "U-Turn"


Co-starred in "The Ballad of Little Jo"


First TV-movie in five years, "Blood Ties"


Journeyed to South Africa to make a feature, "The Final Alliance", starring David Hasselhoff


Last TV-movie for five years, "A Smoky Mountain Christmas"


Played Matthew Blaisdel on the ABC primetime serial drama, "Dynasty"; later reprised the role several times during the course of the show's nine-season run


Had featured role in "Midnight Express"


First non-US film, "Tentacoli/Tentacles", an Italian production with a primarily American cast also made available in an English-language version


Acted in first TV miniseries, "Aspen"


TV series debut, as Eldred McCoy on the ABC drama series, "Doc Elliot", starring James Franciscus; the pilot film for the series also marked Hopkins's TV-movie debut


First feature lead and first top billing, "The Only Way Home"


Earliest TV appearances included a Western-comedy series pilot, "Cat Ballou", based on the hit film of 1965


Made film acting debut in Peckinpah's "The Wild Bunch"; was also the first of three films for director Peckinpah

Served with the US Army in the late 1950s

Acting roles in several productions of the Desilu Playhouse led to his getting an agent, and consequently an audition with director Sam Peckinpah


Next >