The Hollywood Reporter, citing a household supply, revealed that Hampton died at his dwelling in Fort Value, Texas attributable to problems from Parkinson’s illness.
Born in Oklahoma Metropolis in 1936, Hampton was principally raised in Dallas till he attended the College of North Texas and was in the end drafted into the U.S. Military. THR reports that he was within the cavalry at Fort Knox earlier than being despatched to lively obligation abroad. When he returned dwelling, he studied performing with Sidney Lumet’s father, Baruch Lumet on the Knox Road Theater in Dallas.
Ultimately, he moved to New York and located a job on the Oscar-nominated film “The Cliff Dwellers.” As a result of its success, he went to Los Angeles the place he landed a task on the TV present “Gunsmoke” in 1963. On the present, he met Burt Reynolds, which launched a friendship and dealing relationship that may endure till Reynolds’ death in 2018.
The New York Post notes that Hampton and Reynolds starred reverse one another in movies like “Hustle,” “W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings” and “The Man Who Cherished Cat Dancing.” Hampton additionally directed 16 episodes of Reynolds’ TV present “Night Shade,” which ran from 1990 till 1994.
Unbiased of Reynolds, Hampton studied with Leonard Nimoy, who helped him land the a part of Pvt. Hannibal Dobbs on “F Troop,” which solely ran two seasons (65 episodes) however lived on in syndication.
Most not too long ago, he revealed his autobiography in February titled “What? And Give Up Present Enterprise?”
He’s survived by his second spouse, actress Mary Deese and kids James, Andrea and Frank in addition to grandchildren. The household has requested that donations be made to the Michael J. Fox Basis for Parkinson’s Analysis.
Hampton performed Fox’s father within the 1985 horror comedy “Teen Wolf.”