His natural ability in front of the camera has enabled him to go unnoticed from role to role. This does not mean he's dull. It means he does his job, for not all roles are glamorous and James Hampton's body of work is the true example of that.
From F-Troop to the Doris Day Show and from The China Syndrome to Sling Blade, James Hampton has flown under the radar, while at the same time helped make so many television shows and movies much better. And while he's been primarily a supporting actor, he proved he could carry a film with his heart warming performance in the 1976 western comedy, Hawmps.
Young actors today could learn a lot from studying the career of James Hampton. What they will find is an actor that rarely has scene stealing roles, but always delivers. And most importantly, is always working. And for an actor, that's really what it's all about.