reports. He was 84.Hampton was best known for his roles inand as well as in , for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.
He spent more than 50 years in the industry as an actor, director, writer and producer before retiring to his native Texas.The entertainer was born in Oklahoma City in 1936, but raised in Dallas.
He attended the University of North Texas as a theater arts major and was drafted into the U.S. Army, joining the cavalry at Fort Knox before serving overseas.
He later returned to acting, and landed a role in the hit series It was on that show that he met and became good friends with Burt Reynolds, whom he worked together often throughout the 1970s in and.Read more on etonline.com