James Hampton (actor)

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James Hampton
James hampton 1975.JPG
Hampton in 1968.
BornJames Wade Hampton
(1936-07-09) July 9, 1936 (age 78)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Other namesJimmy Hampton
Jim Hampton
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)Mary Deese (June 30, 2002-present)
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James Hampton
James hampton 1975.JPG
Hampton in 1968.
BornJames Wade Hampton
(1936-07-09) July 9, 1936 (age 78)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Other namesJimmy Hampton
Jim Hampton
OccupationActor, director, screenwriter
Years active1963–present
Spouse(s)Mary Deese (June 30, 2002-present)

James Wade Hampton (born July 9, 1936) is an American actor, television director, and screenwriter.


Early life[edit]

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.[1] 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 2012, he 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.

Personal life[edit]

Hampton has been married to actress Mary Deese since 2002. He currently resides in Trophy Club, Texas.

Selected filmography[edit]

"Flutter" Earl 2013 "Big Stone Gap" Reverend

1970Soldier BluePvt. Menzies
1973The Man Who Loved Cat DancingJimmy, the telegraph operatorUncredited
1974The Longest YardCaretaker
1975W.W. and the Dixie DancekingsJunior
HustleBus Driver
1976Hawmps!Howard Clemmons
1978The Cat from Outer SpaceCaptain Anderson
1979The China SyndromeBill Gibson
1980Hangar 18Lew PriceAlternative tile: Invasion Force
1981CondormanHarry Oslo
1985Teen WolfHarold Howard
1986Murder, She WroteJerry Blevins
1987Teen Wolf TooUncle Harold Howard
1988Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami BeachMayor of Miami
1990Pump Up the VolumeArthur Watts
1991The Giant of Thunder MountainJesse
1996Sling BladeJerry Woolridge
2000Danny and MaxSheriff
Lost in the Pershing Point HotelPediatrician
2008Fire from BelowGriffith
2011The AssociationGene Seward
1963–1965GunsmokeJeb Willis
Eliab Haggen
3 episodes, credited as Jim Hampton
1964Death Valley DaysWilliam Randolph Hearst1 episode
1965Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.Branch Eversole1 episode, credited as Jim Hampton
RawhideThe blackmailer1 episode
1965–1967F TroopPrivate Hannibal Shirley Dobbs65 episodes
1967Cimarron StripSam1 episode
1968–1969The Doris Day ShowLeroy B. Simpson14 episodes
1970Bracken's WorldJ. F. Nash1 episode
1972The Wonderful World of DisneyAaron2 episodes
The F.B.I.Claybourne1 episode
1973HawkinsEarl Coleman1 episode
1974The ManhunterLon Tyrell1 episode
1975Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux KlanHarry DudleyTelevision movie
MannixBilly Lee1 episode
The Rockford FilesAaron Ironwood1 episode
1977The Red Hand Gang5 episodes
The Amazing Howard HughesWilbur PetersonTelevision movie
1978CentennialDefense Attorney PrescottMiniseries
1980B.A.D. CatsLinkUnknown episodes
The Dukes of HazzardSheriff Buster MoonEpisode: "Return of the Ridge Raiders"
1982World War IIIRichard HickmanMiniseries
1983The Greatest American HeroSheriff1 episode
Boone"The Graduation"
Tales of the Gold MonkeyAlan ShoemateEpisode: "Cooked Goose"
1984The Burning BedPolice WitnessTelevision movie
Matt HoustonMr. Stevens2 episodes
1984–1985Who's the Boss?Herb
2 episodes
1984–1986Murder, She WroteVeterinarian
Jerry Blevins
2 episodes
1985OtherworldFred Roach1 episode
Simon & SimonOdell Mitchell1 episode
1986–1989Punky BrewsterAlvin
Jimmy John
2 episodes
1986–1988Teen WolfHarold Howard (Voice)21 episodes
1988SuperboyCoach1 episode
1989Mama's FamilyKeith WheelerEpisode: "The Mama of Invention"
Days of our LivesSaul Taylor49 episodes
1989–1990Full HouseMr. MalatestaEpisodes: "Working Mothers"
"El Problema Grande de D.J."
"The I.Q. Man"
1990Perfect StrangersMac McIntyreEpisode: "Nightmare Vacation"
NewhartFather Ken1 episode
Get a LifeFletcher1 episode
1991The Hogan FamilyRaymond1 episode
1992–1993Evening Shade
Director, 7 episodes
1993Hearts Afire
Director, 1 episode
1994Melrose PlaceHarry AlanEpisode: "It's a Bad World After All"
1995Hope and GloriaBob1 episode
1997Fired UpBen Franklin1 episode
1997–1998Grace Under Fire
Director, 4 episodes
Smart Guy
Director, 3 episodes
Sister, Sister
Director, 5 episodes
Director, 3 episodes

Award nominations[edit]

YearAwardResultCategoryFilm or series
1975Golden Globe AwardNominatedMost Promising Newcomer - MaleThe Longest Yard


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