The Working Actor EDITOR'S INTRO
This is the forty first in a continuing feature at IndustryCentral profiling "The Working Actor". (See Archives below)
William Shakespeare said "There are no small parts--.". William Shatner may have said it too, but the longhair with the tights was first, or so the reports go. In this feature we will explore what it really means to be an actor working in Motion Pictures and Television.
Broad public acknowledgment may have eluded some who find their way to these pages, or perhaps they may have brushed against what is referred to as stardom by virtue of one or more remarkable performances. However for many, the rewards of plying their craft in a field which has allowed them to earn a living may exceed the burdens of public acclaim. Given the chance, some in this clan might prefer the longevity offered by anonymity over the potential for short lived fame.
These individuals, either by design or fate, have managed to sustain a career by crafting performances which rendered them a good casting choice. They are usually thought of as a face you recognize, but you just can't get the name past the tip of your tongue.
Most of these folks have spent countless hours on stage in theaters ranging from 20 seats to 2000, building characters from the works of Ibsen, to Eliot, to Williams, to yes even Shakespeare, and so many of the modern Playwrights. They have rounded their skills doing drama, comedy, & musicals. Their work is a serious venture.
These people have given us screen performances which quite often were the catalyst that brought an Oscar or Emmy to another and yet they continue to work as "Characters" or "Co-Stars" without the trophies and plaques adorning their mantle.
Bo Hopkins
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Bo Hopkins is uninhibited, colorful and disarmingly honest. He has carved a career in Hollywood with a talent and determination that has led him from parking cars to starring roles in television and films.

Bo just wrapped production on SHADE in which he both acted and served as Executive Producer and also appeared in MENDING FENCES. THE ROAD HOME, and DON'T LET GO in 2002. In recent years, he also appeared in the MGM/UA feature, BENEATH THE BANYAN TREES with Matt Dillon and James Caan and was seen recently in THE NEWTON BOYS with Matthew McConaughey, Skeet Ulrich and Ethan Hawke. Prior to that in Oliver Stone’s U-TURN, released in 1997, and starred in OP CENTER, a four hour mini-series for NBC, created by best seller Tom Clancy. In 1994 he appeared in RADIOLAND MURDERS for George Lucas; THE FEMININE TOUCH with George Segal and Elliot Gould; two Westerns, RIDERS IN THE STORM and CHEYENNE WARRIOR; a police drama, TEXAS PAYBACK; and a modern-day Western, SOUTH OF HEAVEN, WEST OF HELL, in which he stars opposite country and western singer Dwight Yoakam. Hopkins was also seen that year in the newly restored and re-issued 1969 classic Sam Peckinpah western, THE WILD BUNCH, shown at selected theaters in Los Angeles and New York.

Film audiences saw Hopkins in the 1993 release of the critically acclaimed Fine Line feature, THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO, a poignant, true-life Western shot on location in Montana. The film co-stars Susie Amis and Sir Ian McKellen.

Born in Greenville, South Carolina, Hopkins was raised by his mother and grandfather when at the age of nine, his father died unexpectedly. This sudden loss led to difficulties in adjusting for Hopkins. However, after a stint in the army, Hopkins returned home to Greenville where he auditioned and won the title role in a little theater production of TEA HOUSE OF THE AUGUST MOON. This led to a summer stock scholarship, time spent in New York, and ultimately a permanent move to Hollywood. Here he won a scholarship to the acting school then being operated so successfully at Desilu Studios.

After numerous television guest star appearances, Hopkins' film debut was in Peckinpah's classic, THE WILD BUNCH, where his portrayal of Crazy Lee still gains him accolades from fans and peers alike. Hopkins has worked on projects with such diverse actors as Sean Penn, Steve McQueen, James Caan, Burt Reynolds, Jean Simmons and such esteemed directors as Oliver Stone, Stanley Kramer, George Lucas and Alan Parker.

Some of Hopkins' additional feature credits include, THE GETAWAY, THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING, AMERICAN GRAFFITI, DAY OF THE LOCUST, MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, THE KILLER ELITE and WHITE LIGHTNING. His scores of television movies and guest star appearances include, MURDER SHE WROTE, MATLOCK, A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS (with Dolly Parton), HOUSTON, THE LEGEND OF TEXAS (with Sam Elliot), RODEO GIRL (with Katherine Ross), THADDEUS ROSE & EDDIE (with Johnny Cash) and the series regular role of Matthew Blaisdale on DYNASTY.

SHADE starring Sylvester Stalone and Melanie Griffith is Mr. Hopkins first outing as a motion picture producer. Enthusiastic about the material, he tenaciously shopped the property for 2 ½ years before he was finally able to set it up. The picture is scheduled to be released 2003.

Hopkins resides in Los Angeles with his wife and their seven year old son.

Representation:
Management:
Michael McLean & Associates
12754 Sarah Street
Studio City, Ca. 91604
Tel: 818 505 0945 Fax: 818 505 0078

Agency:
Merritt Blake Agency
1327 Ocean Ave. Suite J
Santa Monica, CA. 90401
Tel: (310) 899-9898

Bo Hopkins's advice to the aspiring actor:

" Do a lot of plays when you are working in film and when you are not working too. Keep practicing your craft... That's what it is for."


Bo Hopkins's Credits (partial)
FILM
  • BENEATH THE BANYAN TREES - Dir: Matt Dillon
  • SOUTH OF HEAVEN, WEST OF HELL - Dir: Dwight Yoakam
  • A CRACK IN THE FLOOR - Dirs: Corbin Timbrook / Sean Stanek
  • THE NEWTON BOYS - Dir: Richard Linklater
  • FROM DUSK TILL DAWN II - Dir: Scott Spiegle
  • GETTING TO KNOW YOU - Dir: Lisanne Skyler
  • U-TURN - Dir: Oliver Stone
  • TIME SERVED - Dir: Glenn Pitre
  • RADIOLAND MURDERS - Dir: Mel Smith
  • THE BALLAD OF LITTLE JO - Dir: Maggie Greenwald
  • BIG BAD JOHN - Dir: Burt Kennedy
  • MORE AMERICAN GRAFFITI - Dir: B.W.L. Norton
  • AMERICAN GRAFFITI - Dir: George Lucas
  • POSSE - Dir: Kirk Douglas
  • A SMALL TOWN IN TEXAS - Dir: Jack Starrett
  • MIDNIGHT EXPRESS - Dir: Alan Parker
  • THE KILLER ELITE - Dir: Sam Peckinpah
  • THE DAY OF THE LOCUST - Dir: John Schlesinger
  • WHITE LIGHTENING - Dir: Joseph Sargent
  • THE MAN WHO LOVED CAT DANCING - Dir: Richard Sarafian
  • THE GETAWAY - Dir: Sam Peckinpah
  • MONTE WALSH - Dir: William Fraker
  • THE WILD BUNCH - Dir: Sam Peckinpah

  • TELEVISION
  • OP CENTER - NBC
  • BLOOD TIES - FOX
  • A SMOKY MOUNTAIN CHRISTMAS - ABC
  • LOUIS L'AMOUR'S DOWN THE LONG HILLS - ABC
  • HOUSTON: THE LEGEND OF TEXAS - CBS
  • GHOST DANCING - ABC
  • RODEO GIRL - CBS
  • PLUTONIUM INCIDENT - CBS
  • BEGGAR MAN, THIEF - NBC
  • THE LAST RIDE OF THE DALTON GANG - NBC
  • THADDEUS ROSE & EDDIE - CBS
  • WOMAN ON THE RUN - CBS

  • For more info and credits see IMDb

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