William Hopper (January 26, 1915 – March 6, 1970) was an American stage, film and television actor. Hopper is best remembered for playing private detective Paul...

DeWolf Hopper, Jr. was born in New York City, the only child of singer and comic stage actor DeWolf Hopper...

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, served as a frogman, and received a Bronze Star for bravery and heroic action during operations in the Pacific. He was...

Hopper began his acting career as a teenager, working in summer stock in Ogunquit, Maine. He went from there to Broadway, where he appeared in two plays in 1934, Order Please and Romeo...

Early in his film career, Hopper appeared uncredited in numerous movies or under the name DeWolf...

After that he had roles that included playing a sergeant in the Western Stagecoach (1939) starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne; an intern in The Return of Dr. X starring Humphrey Bogart; a New York reporter in Knute...

In the mid 1950s Hopper resumed his movie career with the part of Roy in The High and the Mighty (1954) starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, and Robert Stack. In...

Other appearances included his iconic role as the father of Natalie Wood in the James Dean classic Rebel Without a Cause (1955), as...

Also in 1957 he played a supporting role in the pilot episode of the television series The Restless Gun, which was broadcast as an episode of Schlitz Playhouse of...

He made two movie appearances during his years on Perry Mason but retired after the television show was canceled in 1966. He made one final movie appearance as a judge, Frederic...

Hopper is best known for his regular role as the private investigator Paul Drake on CBS's courtroom television series Perry Mason (1957–1966) with Raymond Burr in...

In the mid to late 1930s, Hopper occasionally visited nightclubs with film actress Isabel Jewell. He married actress Jane Gilbert (née Kies),...

Shortly after his divorce, he married Jeanette Juanita Ward (August 9, 1929 - October 20, 2008) and became stepfather to her son, Gordon Casimire Williamsii (né Gordon Patrick Williams, July 5, 1957 - June 15,...

Although self-published Entertainment Celebrities is credited with claiming that actor Dennis Hopper was his cousin, the Chicago...

Hopper was hospitalized on February 14, 1970, after suffering a stroke at his home in Yucca Valley, California. He...


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