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James Hampton was still receiving “fan mail from all over the world almost weekly” before his death, his family shared

By Naledi Ushe
April 08, 2021 07:26 PM
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James Hampton – famous for his roles on the western sitcom F Troop and the movie Teen Wolf as Michael J. Fox's dad – died on Wednesday. He was 84.

The actor's death was a result of complications due to Parkinson's disease, his family and agent told The Hollywood Reporter.

Hampton died at his home in Fort Worth, Texas.

The actor starred as bugler Hannibal Dobbs in F Troop for 63 out of the 65 episodes filmed on the ABC show that aired from 1965 to 1967.

On Teen Wolf, Hampton starred as Fox's dad who revealed their family had werewolf ancestry.

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Hampton was also a longtime collaborator with Burt Reynolds, with whom he starred in the films The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing, The Longest Yard, W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings and Hustle, in addition to directing Reynolds' sitcom Evening Shade.

The actor continued with his passion for acting by mentoring local drama students, his family and rep told NBC News.

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"It came as no surprise that James continued to receive fan mail from all over the world almost weekly," Hampton's family told the outlet.

The actor's agent added, "He loved (acting). He wasn't trying to be a big star, he loved his characters because he was so understated. You didn't realize the impact he made."

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In February, Hampton released an autobiography titled What? And Give Up Show Business? as an ode to his entertainment career.

The late star is survived by his wife, actress Mary Deese and his three children – James, Andrea and Frank.

In lieu of flowers, the Teen Wolf star's family requested donations be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.