John R. Hopkins

British playwright and screenwriter John Hopkins, whose long career included such notable films as the James Bond actioner “Thunderball” and the recent Showtime telepic “Hiroshima,” died July 23 of unreported causes in Woodland Hills. He was 67.

Hopkins had more than 100 of his screenplays produced and was also a successful TV writer.

Also well known for his work in theater, Hopkins often worked in that arena with his wife, actress Shirley Knight, most notably on “Losing Time” and “Absent Forever.” He recently completed the trilogy “The Mary Plays,” which was to be his and Knight’s next collaboration.

Born in London, Hopkins spent his early life in Wimbledon. After earning a degree from St. Catherine’s College at Cambridge, he joined the BBC, where he wrote more than 100 original teleplays and adaptations.

In addition to his wife, Hopkins is survived by his brother and three daughters.

In lieu of flowers, family requests that contributions be sent to the Parkinson’s Institute, 1170 Melrose Ave., Sunnyvale 94809.

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