James Hampton (actor)

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James Hampton
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Hampton in 1968.
Born James Wade Hampton
(1936-07-09) July 9, 1936 (age 78)
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Other names Jimmy Hampton
Jim Hampton
Occupation Actor, director, screenwriter
Years active 1963–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

Year Film Role Notes
1970 Soldier Blue Pvt. Menzies
1973 The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing Jimmy, the telegraph operator Uncredited
1974 The Longest Yard Caretaker
1975 W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Junior
Hustle Bus Driver
1976 Hawmps! Howard Clemmons
1978 The Cat from Outer Space Captain Anderson
1979 The China Syndrome Bill Gibson
1980 Hangar 18 Lew Price Alternative tile: Invasion Force
1981 Condorman Harry Oslo
1985 Teen Wolf Harold Howard
1986 Murder, She Wrote Jerry Blevins
1987 Teen Wolf Too Uncle Harold Howard
1988 Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach Mayor of Miami
1990 Pump Up the Volume Arthur Watts
1991 The Giant of Thunder Mountain Jesse
1996 Sling Blade Jerry Woolridge
2000 Danny and Max Sheriff
Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel Pediatrician
2008 Fire from Below Griffith
2011 The Association Gene Seward
Year Title Role Notes
1963–1965 Gunsmoke Jeb Willis
Eliab Haggen
3 episodes, credited as Jim Hampton
1964 Death Valley Days William Randolph Hearst 1 episode
1965 Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Branch Eversole 1 episode, credited as Jim Hampton
Rawhide The blackmailer 1 episode
1965–1967 F Troop Private Hannibal Shirley Dobbs 65 episodes
1967 Cimarron Strip Sam 1 episode
1968–1969 The Doris Day Show Leroy B. Simpson 14 episodes
1970 Bracken's World J. F. Nash 1 episode
1972 The Wonderful World of Disney Aaron 2 episodes
The F.B.I. Claybourne 1 episode
1973 Hawkins Earl Coleman 1 episode
1974 The Manhunter Lon Tyrell 1 episode
1975 Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Harry Dudley Television movie
Mannix Billy Lee 1 episode
The Rockford Files Aaron Ironwood 1 episode
1977 The Red Hand Gang 5 episodes
The Amazing Howard Hughes Wilbur Peterson Television movie
1978 Centennial Defense Attorney Prescott Miniseries
1980 B.A.D. Cats Link Unknown episodes
The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Buster Moon Episode: "Return of the Ridge Raiders"
1982 World War III Richard Hickman Miniseries
1983 The Greatest American Hero Sheriff 1 episode
Boone "The Graduation"
Tales of the Gold Monkey Alan Shoemate Episode: "Cooked Goose"
1984 The Burning Bed Police Witness Television movie
Matt Houston Mr. Stevens 2 episodes
1984–1985 Who's the Boss? Herb
2 episodes
1984–1986 Murder, She Wrote Veterinarian
Jerry Blevins
2 episodes
1985 Otherworld Fred Roach 1 episode
Simon & Simon Odell Mitchell 1 episode
1986–1989 Punky Brewster Alvin
Jimmy John
2 episodes
1986–1988 Teen Wolf Harold Howard (Voice) 21 episodes
1988 Superboy Coach 1 episode
1989 Mama's Family Keith Wheeler Episode: "The Mama of Invention"
Days of Our Lives Saul Taylor 49 episodes
1989–1990 Full House Mr. Malatesta Episodes: "Working Mothers"
"El Problema Grande de D.J."
"The I.Q. Man"
1990 Perfect Strangers Mac McIntyre Episode: "Nightmare Vacation"
Newhart Father Ken 1 episode
Get a Life Fletcher 1 episode
1991 The Hogan Family Raymond 1 episode
1992–1993 Evening Shade
Director, 7 episodes
1993 Hearts Afire
Director, 1 episode
1994 Melrose Place Harry Alan Episode: "It's a Bad World After All"
1995 Hope and Gloria Bob 1 episode
1997 Fired Up Ben Franklin 1 episode
1997–1998 Grace Under Fire
Director, 4 episodes
Smart Guy
Director, 3 episodes
Sister, Sister
Director, 5 episodes
1998–1999 Linc's
Director, 3 episodes

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Film or series
1975 Golden Globe Award Nominated Most Promising Newcomer - Male The Longest Yard


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