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

Prolific actor James Hampton — recognized for roles in TV reveals along with “F Troop” of the 1960s and movement photos identical to the 1974 Burt Reynolds movie “The Longest Yard” — died Wednesday. He was 84.

His passing because of points from Parkinson’s sickness was confirmed to the Hollywood Reporter by a family spokesperson.

Hampton was a longtime buddy of the late actor Reynolds, who died in 2018 at age 82, and acquired 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 each other in fairly a number of motion pictures, along with 1975’s “Hustle” and “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and 1973’s “The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing.” Hampton moreover was a director on 16 episodes of his buddy’s 1990 to 1994 sitcom “Evening Shade,” on which he moreover contributed as a creator.

Burt Reynolds and James Hampton in a scene from 1974's "The Longest Yard."
Burt Reynolds and James Hampton in a scene from 1974’s “The Longest Yard.”
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He and Reynolds first turned friends when Hampton appeared in a 1963 episode of the standard TV Western “Gunsmoke.”

Hampton, an Army veteran, can also be remembered for participating in Harold Howard — the furry father of werewolf Scott Howard, carried out by Michael J. Fox — inside the 1985 horror-comedy “Teen Wolf.” He reprised that character in a 1987 spinoff, “Teen Wolf Too.”

James Hampton as Hannibal Dobbs in the 1960s sitcom "F Troop."
James Hampton as Hannibal Dobbs inside the 1960s sitcom “F Troop.”

Over the course of his 50-years-plus occupation, Hampton was an eternal television favorite, exhibiting in a genre-hopping array of reveals along 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 extras. Throughout the 1990s he lent a hand as director to reveals along with “Sister, Sister,” “Grace Under Fire,” “Boston Common” and “Hearts Afire.”

His film work included components in 1996’s “Sling Blade,” 1988’s “Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach” and 1979’s “The China Syndrome.”

James Hampton in the 1979 movie "The China Syndrome."
James Hampton inside the 1979 movie “The China Syndrome.”

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 partner, Mary Deese, and three youngsters, James, Andrea, and Frank, and a lot of grandchildren. His family requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research.

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