Bo Hopkins, who starred in films such as "American Graffiti,"

passed away on Friday. He was 80 years old at the time

The actor's death was revealed on his official website.

A message on the website states, "It is with great sadness that we report that Bo has gone away."

"Bo loved hearing from his admirers all around the world, and he valued hearing from each

and every one of you over the last few years, even if he wasn't able to respond to every email."

 William Hopkins was born in Greenville, South Carolina. on the 2nd of February

1942 He eventually changed his name to "Bo" after the 

character he performed in his first off-Broadway production, 

"Bus Stop." After his father died when he was only nine years old,

Hopkins was raised by his mother and grandmother