James Hampton est un Acteur Américain né le 9 juillet 1936 à Oklahoma City (Etats-Unis)
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Nom de naissance James Wade HamptonNationalité Etats-UnisNaissance 9 juillet 1936
à Oklahoma City (Etats-Unis
)Mort 7 avril 2021
(à 84 ans)
James Hampton est un acteur, réalisateur et scénariste américain, né le 9 juillet 1936 à Oklahoma City, dans l'Oklahoma (États-Unis).
Hampton was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and raised in Dallas, Texas, where his father operated a cleaning business. He majored in theatre arts at the University of North Texas in Denton. While attending the University of North Texas, he was a member of the Gamma Lambda chapter of Kappa Alpha Order. After a series of failed jobs including bodyguard, bartender, and photojournalist, he was inducted into the United States Army. He was stationed in Germany and performed with the USO, for which he won awards.
Following his service, he performed in summer stock in Texas and then moved to New York City, where he was given his first film role - the Academy Award-nominated short subject The Cliffdwellers. Amazingly, Hampton's next role came as the lead character in a May 1963 Gunsmoke episode entitled "Jeb", featuring his friend and series regular Burt Reynolds.
Hampton is known for his roles in CBS's The Doris Day Show (as Leroy, the handyman); ABC's F Troop (as Hannibal Dobbs the incompetent bugler); Robert Aldrich's The Longest Yard (1974); Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan (1975); Teen Wolf (1985); the Teen Wolf television series (1986 to 1989); Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach (1988); and Sling Blade (1996). Hampton guest starred as Jim Rockford's cousin Aaron Ironwood in a 1975 episode of NBC's The Rockford Files. He received a HALO Award for Hawmps, and a Golden Globe nomination for "Most Promising Newcomer" for the part of "Caretaker" in The Longest Yard.
In 1964, Hampton was cast as publisher William Randolph Hearst in the episode "The Paper Dynasty" of the syndicated[ western television series, Death Valley Days, hosted by Stanley Andrews. In the story line, Hearst struggles to turn a profit despite increased circulation of the San Francisco Examiner. James Lanphier (1920-1969) plays Ambrose Bierce; Robert O. Cornthwaite was cast as Sam Chamberlain.
In 2012, Hampton appeared in an advertisement on MeTV touting some of the shows he had played in including Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. and The Rockford Files.
Hampton has been married to actress Mary Deese since 2002. He currently resides in Trophy Club, Texas.
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