Director and Bugler Hannibal Dobbs On ‘F Troop’

James Hampton, a veteran character actor finest often called bumbling bugler Hannibal Shirley Dobbs on ’60s sitcom F Troop, died Wednesday at his dwelling in Fort Worth, Texas, after a protracted sickness. He was 84 and his loss of life was confirmed by TV biographer Randy West

A personality actor whose amiable look made him the quintessential sidekick, Hampton had a protracted career in movie and tv earlier than retiring to his native Texas.

Beyond F Troop, he’s finest remembered for a lot of key movie roles, together with appearances as “Caretaker” the supervisor of the jail soccer workforce within the Burt Reynolds jail movie, The Longest Yard.

He additionally had supporting roles within the 1979 thriller The China Syndrome, the 1981 superhero comedy Condorman, the 1985 comedy, and Teen Wolf,. enjoying Harold Howard, father to Michael J. Fox’s title character. Hampton reprised the half within the 1987 follow-up with Jason Bateman, Teen Wolf Too, and the animated collection spinoff. He was additionally in 1996’s Sling Blade as Jerry Woolridge.


Later in his career, Hampton wrote and directed a number of sitcoms, together with the early Nineteen Nineties collection Evening Shade, which featured Burt Reynolds.

Hampton studied appearing in New York, Los Angeles, and Texas and appeared off-Broadway in a number of productions. It was in a kind of performs that he met Reynolds.

He appeared within the Oscar-nominated quick movie The Cliffdwellers, however started his TV career in 1962 as “Jeb” on TV’s long-running Gunsmoke. That led to F Troop in1965 the place he memorably performed P.F.C. Dobbs, the incompetent bugler and personal assistant to steer character Captain Parmenter (Ken Berry). Dobbs might solely competantly play Yankee Doodle and Dixie on his bugle, bolloxing the usual Army fare.

Although the TV collection lasted solely from 1965-1967, it grew to become a fan favourite in frequent reruns via the years.

Other TV roles included a recurring spot on The Doris Day Show as Leroy B. Simpson and appearances on Gomer Pyle USMC, and The Rockford Files.

He obtained a HALO award for his half within the movie Hawmps! and a Golden Globe nomination for “Caretaker” in The Longest Yard.

In 1980, he starred alongside Gary Collins within the low-budget film Hangar 18.   

Survivors embody his spouse, Mary Deese, son Jim and daughter Andrea, and three grandchildren

No particulars had been instantly out there on memorial plans. 

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