James Hampton dead: Teen Wolf star dies at 84 after Parkinson’s battle

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Actor James Hampton has died aged 84.
The American star – who played Michael J. Fox’s father in Teen Wolf – died Wednesday after suffering complications from Parkinson’s disease, her family said.

In his later years, he mentored drama students in his hometown of Forth Worth, Texas and devoted himself to charity, according to a family statement.

“It’s no surprise that James continues to receive mail from fans around the world almost every week,” the family said.

James had an impressive on-screen resume that began in the ’70s when he played the role of Caretaker in The Longest Yard.

He was then cast into F Troop as the Private Dobbs.

Actor James Hampton has passed away

He also played the role of the father of Michael J. Fox’s character in Teen Wolf.

He reprized his role in his sequel Teen Wolf Too and lent his voice to the 1986 animated television series Teen Wolf.

Other films he’s won roles in include Pump Up the Volume and Sling Blade.

James has also appeared on shows such as Gunsmoke, Rawhide, The Dukes of Hazzard, Murder, She Wrote, Full House and Melrose Place.

PARSIPPANY, NJ – April 25: James Hampton of “F-Troop” attends Day 2 of the Chiller Theater Expo at Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on April 25, 2015 in Parsippany, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank / WireImage)

After his death, his agent Linda McAlister said in a statement that James was mentally sharp until the end, but the physical limitations brought on by Parkinson’s disease have kept him from acting in recent years.

“He liked (playing the part). He wasn’t trying to be a big star, he loved his characters because he was so low key, “McAlister said of Hampton’s longevity,” she said

caption: James Hampton TEEN WOLF

“You didn’t realize the impact he had. “

“He wasn’t trying to chew up the scenery,” McAlister told NBC News, “He just added warmth and humor and moved the story forward. “

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