James Hampton

James Hampton

Highest Rated: 97% Sling Blade (1996)

Lowest Rated: 8% Teen Wolf Too (1987)

Birthday: Jul 9, 1936

Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA

James Hampton was a veteran character actor, often the quintessential sidekick, most notably as Hannibal Dobbs in the vintage sitcom "F Troop," and as Caretaker in the Burt Reynolds prison film, "The Longest Yard." Hampton studied acting in New York, Los Angeles, and Texas--where he grew up--and did several off-Broadway productions, including alongside Reynolds, who became a friend as well as future collaborator. After making his big screen debut in an Oscar-nominated short in 1962, Hampton launched what became a very long TV career the following year, as Jeb on "Gunsmoke," followed in 1965 by his regular part on "F Troop" as P.F.C. Dobbs, the incompetent bugler and personal assistant to lead character Captain Parmenter (Hampton also served in the Army in real life). Though his TV work continued for the next 30-odd years, he's more recognizable for his film parts, starting with his role as Caretaker, the manager for the Paul Crewe (Burt Reynolds)-led prison football team. After appearing in key supporting roles in such disparate fare as the 1979 thriller "The China Syndrome" and the 1981 superhero comedy "Condorman," Hampton's next standout sidekick turn came in the 1985 comedy, "Teen Wolf," as Harold Howard, father to Michael J. Fox's title character. Hampton reprised the part in the 1987 follow-up with Jason Bateman, "Teen Wolf Too," and the animated series spinoff. Behind the camera, Hampton also wrote and directed several sitcoms, including the early 1990s series "Evening Shade," which starred Hampton's old pal Reynolds. James Hampton died April 7, 2021 at the age of 84.

Highest rated movies

Sling Blade
The China Syndrome
The Longest Yard
Divine Access
The Cat From Outer Space
Hustle
The Last Ride
Teen Wolf

Photos

Filmography

Movies

Credit
61% 64% Love Sarah Film Editing - 2020
67% 50% Divine Access Mr. Bernstein (Character) - 2015
No Score Yet No Score Yet Flutter Leon (Character) - 2014
33% 54% Big Stone Gap Reverend Manning (Character) $1.0M 2014
47% 52% The Last Ride Judge Matheny (Character) - 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Coffin Father Ronald Vanzant (Character) - 2009
97% 92% Sling Blade Dr. Jerry Woolridge (Character) $24.5M 1996
8% 18% Teen Wolf Too Uncle Harold (Character) $7.7M 1987
42% 52% Teen Wolf Harold Howard (Character) $32.7M 1985
No Score Yet 77% World War III Richard Hickman (Character) - 1982
31% 65% Condorman Harry Oslo (Character) - 1981
40% 29% Hangar 18 Lew Price (Character) - 1980
No Score Yet No Score Yet Invasion Force Lew Price (Character) - 1980
88% 81% The China Syndrome Bill Gibson (Character) - 1979
67% 58% The Cat From Outer Space Capt. Anderson (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Thaddeus Rose and Eddie Alvin Karl (Character) - 1978
No Score Yet 56% The Amazing Howard Hughes Wilbur Peterson (Character) - 1977
No Score Yet 85% Hawmps! Howard Clemmons (Character) - 1976
No Score Yet No Score Yet MacKintosh and T.J. Cotton (Character) - 1975
63% 48% Hustle Bus Driver (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet 29% W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings Junior (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Force Five Lester White (Character) - 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Attack on Terror: The FBI vs. the Ku Klux Klan Harry Dudley (Character) - 1975
79% 75% The Longest Yard Caretaker (Character) - 1974
No Score Yet 50% Justin Morgan Had a Horse Aaron (Character) - 1972
38% 71% Soldier Blue Pvt. Menzies (Character) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Fade-In Unknown (Character) - 1968

TV

Credit
No Score Yet No Score Yet Zoe ... Director 2000
No Score Yet No Score Yet Smart Guy Director 1997-1998
No Score Yet No Score Yet Sister, Sister Director 1997-1998
17% No Score Yet Fired Up Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet Life With Roger Director 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kirk Director 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hope & Gloria Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hogan Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1991
No Score Yet 80% Full House Mr. Malatesta (Guest Star) 1989-1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Guns of Paradise Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Newhart Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet 0% Mama's Family Unknown (Guest Star) 1989
No Score Yet No Score Yet 1st & Ten Phil (Guest Star) 1988
No Score Yet 0% Punky Brewster Jimmy John (Guest Star) 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Super Password Guest 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Teen Wolf Harold Howard (Voice) 1986-1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Houston Knights Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet No Score Yet Simon & Simon Unknown (Guest Star) 1985
No Score Yet 0% Who's the Boss? Unknown (Guest Star) 1984-1985
No Score Yet No Score Yet Goodnight, Beantown Oliver (Guest Star) 1983
No Score Yet 67% The Dukes of Hazzard Sheriff Buster Moon (Guest Star) 1980
No Score Yet 100% The Rockford Files Aaron Ironwood (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet Mannix Billy Lee (Guest Star) 1975
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Doris Day Show LeRoy B. Simpson (Character),
Unknown (Guest Star)
1968-1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Interns Unknown (Guest Star) 1971
No Score Yet No Score Yet Cimarron Strip Unknown (Guest Star) 1967
No Score Yet No Score Yet F Troop Bugler Hannibal Dobbs (Character) 1965-1967
No Score Yet 100% Rawhide Unknown (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet 100% Gunsmoke Jeb Willis (Guest Star) 1963 1965
No Score Yet No Score Yet Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Branch Eversole (Guest Star) 1965
No Score Yet 100% Greatest American Hero Sheriff (Guest Star)