William Hopper, born DeWolf Hopper, Jr. (January 26, 1915 – March 6, 1970) was an American actor. Hopper was...

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 discharged...

Hopper began his acting career as a teenager, working in summer stock in Ogunquit, Maine. He went from there to Broadway,...

Early in his film career, Hopper appeared uncredited in numerous movies or under the name DeWolf Hopper. In 1936, he played a small role as a photographer in the...

After that he had roles that included playing a sergeant in the Western Stagecoach (1939) starring...

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 1956 Hopper had a supporting role in...

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

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 Stars. His television guest...

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...

In 1959 Hopper was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series for his performance as Paul...

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

Shortly thereafter he married Jeanette Juanita Ward (August 9, 1929 - October 20, 2008) and became stepfather to her son, Gordon Casimire Williamsii (né...

Hopper was hospitalized on February 14, 1970, after a stroke at his home in Yucca Valley, California, and was transferred to a hospital in Palm Springs when pneumonia developed. He died...


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