Actor James Hampton, best known as the sophisticated thief of the movie “F Troop” and the understandable father of Michael J. Fox in “Teen Wolf,” died Wednesday from complications from Parkinson’s disease, his family and agent said.
A resident of Lone Star State and a resident of Worth Worth, he was 84 years old.
He spent the last years mentoring local drama students and devoting himself to charity work, the family said in a statement.
“It’s no surprise that James continued to receive mail from fans around the world almost weekly,” the family said.
Hampton played gamekeeper Hannibal Dobbs in “F Troop,” who ran only two seasons on ABC, between 1965 and 1967, but continued to enjoy a cult commitment to teaming up.
Hampton was one of seven actors to appear in at least 63 of the 65 shows on that show. Only 98-year-old Larry Storch, who played Cpl. Randolph Agarn, is alive today, according to IMDb.
On the big screen, Hampton’s most famous role was in the 1985 comedy “Teen Wolf” as Fox’s father on screen who was forced to tell his son they were descended from werewolves.
Hampton was also busy behind the camera, directing his longtime friend Burt Reynolds in 16 episodes of the early 1990s CBS sitcom “Evening Shade.”
He enjoyed a long career with movie screens dating back to the early 1960s working on the popular TV shows “Gunsmoke” and “Gomer Pyle, USMC”.
Agent Linda McAlister said her client was mentally sharp to the end, but the physical limitations of Parkinson’s disease have prevented him from acting in recent years.
“He loved (acting). He wasn’t trying to be a big star, he loved his characters because he was so underrated,” McAlister said of Hampton’s longevity.“You didn’t realize what impact he had. “
The agent was especially proud of the Hampton scenes with Reynolds in “The Longest Yard” and Billy Bob Thornton in “Sling Blade.”
The “Sling Blade” cast was nominated for the Film Actors Guild Award for Best Acting Performance in 1997. Hampton’s other big screen credits included “Chinese Syndrome” and “Police Academy 5: Task: Miami Beach.”
“He wasn’t trying to chew on the set,” McAlister told NBC News on Thursday. “It just added warmth and humor and started the story.”
Hampton is survived by his wife Mary and children James, Andrea and Frank. Instead of flowers, the family requested that fans donate to the Michael J. Fox Foundation.
Amanda Sidman contributed.