James Hampton

James Hampton is a veteran character actor, often the quintessential sidekick, most notably as Hannibal Dobbs in the vintage sitcom "F Troop", and as Caretaker in the Burt Reynolds prison film, "The Longest Yard" ... Read more »
Born: 07/09/1936

Filmography

Actor (45)

Big Stone Gap 2015 (Movie)

Reverend Manning (Actor)

The Last Ride 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Burt Reynolds: The E! True Hollywood Story 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hearts Afire 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired Up 1988 - 1991, 1994 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1988 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sling Blade 1996 (Movie)

Jerry Woolridge (Actor)

Full House 1988 - 1991, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hope & Gloria 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1995 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Giant of Thunder Mountain 1992 (Movie)

Jesse (Actor)

Perfect Strangers 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

Pump Up the Volume 1990 (Movie)

Watts (Actor)

Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach 1988 (Movie)

Mayor of Miami (Actor)

Teen Wolf Too 1987 (Movie)

Uncle Harold (Actor)

Teen Wolf 1985 (Movie)

Harold Howard (Actor)

The Burning Bed 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Dukes of Hazzard 1978 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Kudzu 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Maggie 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Condorman 1981 (Movie)

Harry Oslo (Actor)

Stand By Your Man 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

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Hangar 18 1980 (Movie)

Lew Price (Actor)

Mary 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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The China Syndrome 1979 (Movie)

Bill Gibson (Actor)

The Cat From Outer Space 1978 (Movie)

Captain Anderson (Actor)

Bravo Two 1976 - 1977 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawmps 1976 (Movie)

Howard Clemmons (Actor)

Attack on Terror 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Force Five 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

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Hustle 1975 (Movie)

Bus Driver (Actor)

Mackintosh & T.J. 1975 (Movie)

Cotton (Actor)

Love, American Style 1969 - 1974 (TV Show)

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The Doris Day Show 1968 - 1973 (TV Show)

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The Longest Yard 1973 (Movie)

Caretaker (Actor)

W. W. and the Dixie Dancekings 1973 (Movie)

Junior (Actor)

Soldier Blue 1969 (Movie)

(Actor)

F Troop 1965 - 1967 (TV Show)

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Centennial (TV Show)

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Thaddeus Rose and Eddie (TV Show)

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The Amazing Howard Hughes (TV Show)

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Three on a Date (TV Show)

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Through the Magic Pyramid (TV Show)

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World War III (TV Show)

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Director (8)

Boston Common 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Kirk 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Life With Roger 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Sister, Sister 1988 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Zoe... 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 2000 (Tv Show)

Director

Grace Under Fire 1988 - 1995, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

Katie Joplin 1988 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director

The Tony Danza Show 1988 - 1991, 1993 - 1995, 1997 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Director
Writer (3)

A ...Whole Lotta Fun 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Writer

Burt Reynolds' Late Show 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer

Burt and the Girls 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Writer
Producer (1)

Harlan & Merleen 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Co-Executive Producer

Biography

James Hampton is a veteran character actor, often the quintessential sidekick, most notably as Hannibal Dobbs in the vintage sitcom "F Troop", and as Caretaker in the Burt Reynolds prison film, "The Longest Yard". Hampton studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Texas--where he grew up--and did several off-Broadway productions, including alongside Reynolds, who became a friend as well as future collaborator. After making his big screen debut in an Oscar-nominated short in 1962, Hampton launched what became a very long TV career the following year, as Jeb on "Gunsmoke", followed in 1965 by his regular part on "F Troop" as P.F.C. Dobbs, the incompetent bugler and personal assistant to lead character Captain Parmenter (Hampton also served in the Army in real life). Though his TV work continued for the next 30-odd years, he's more recognizable for his film parts, starting with his role as Caretaker, the manager for the Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds)-led prison football team. After appearing in key supporting roles in such disparate fare as the 1979 thriller "The China Syndrome" and the 1981 superhero comedy "Condorman", Hampton's next standout sidekick turn came in the 1985 comedy, "Teen Wolf", as Harold Howard, father to Michael J. Fox's title character. Hampton reprised the part in the 1987 follow-up with Jason Bateman, "Teen Wolf Too", and the animated series spinoff. Behind the camera, Hampton also wrote and directed several sitcoms, including the early 1990s series "Evening Shade", which starred Hampton's old pal Reynolds.

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