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Tom Wopat

Highest Rated:   88% Django Unchained (2012)
Lowest Rated:   12% Jonah Hex (2010)
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Birthplace:   Lodi, Wisconsin, USA
To Gen-X'ers, particularly those who grew up hooked on prime-time television, Tom Wopat will be forever inseparable from his role as Luke Duke, the more intelligent and responsible of two cousins who spent their days charging around the rural South in a souped-up Dodge Charger and evading the wiles of corrupt politician Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke), on the comedy-adventure series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985). Born on a dairy farm in Lodi, WI, Wopat attended the University of Wisconsin as a young man, where he displayed strong musical ambition as a trombone player and a singer. Wopat spent his post-collegiate years touring in musical theater productions before being tapped for the Duke role in 1979. The CBS series, of course, took off like a rocket and netted a huge fan base (particularly among preteen boys). By 1982, however, it ran into a snag. Wopat and co-star John Schneider (who played Bo Duke) took issue with Warner Brothers Television over their salaries and shares of Hazzard merchandising revenues; the production company in fact snubbed their demands by bringing in two substitute actors for a single season, only to discover that the ploy didn't work. Wopat and Schneider thus returned in 1983 and stuck with the series for two more seasons, until it wrapped in August 1985. In the mean time, Wopat parlayed his Hazzard recognition into a recording career as a country singer. An eponymous debut album appeared in 1983 to generally favorable reviews, followed by a sophomore effort, the Capitol release Don't Look Back, in 1990, and a third effort, the Epic release Learning to Love, in 1992. The performer continued to cut his acting chops as well from time to time, signing for roles in such little-seen features as Contagious (1997) and Meteorites! (1998). He scored one of his more prominent post-Hazzard roles in a supporting turn opposite leads Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, and Joan Allen in the female buddy comedy Bonneville (2006). Wopat also portrayed Jeff Robbins, ex-husband of actress Cybill Sheridan (Cybill Shepherd) in the first season of the CBS sitcom Cybill (1995-1998), and remained extremely active in various musical theater productions.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Fair Haven
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet Lost Cat Corona
  • Jimmy Pipes
2015
80% The Standbys
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Lovestruck: The Musical
  • Actor
2013
43% Mariachi Gringo
  • Ron
2013
88% Django Unchained
  • U.S. Marshal Gill Tatum
2012
No Score Yet The Understudy
  • Actor
2012
13% Main Street
  • Frank
2011
12% Jonah Hex
  • Colonel Slocum
2010
50% Taking Chance
  • John Phelps
2009
No Score Yet The Hive
  • Bill
2008
No Score Yet Dottie West - Greatest Hits
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet The History of Wisconsin Football
  • Narrator
2007
40% Bonneville
  • Arlo Brimm
2006
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Meteorites!
  • Tom Johnson
1998
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!
  • Luke Duke
1997
No Score Yet Contagious (Virus)
  • Sam
1997
No Score Yet Christmas Comes to Willow Creek
  • Pete
1987
No Score Yet Burning Rage
  • Tom Silver
1984

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
  • Luke Duke
No Score Yet Smallville
2001-2011
  • Jack Jennings
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Performer
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
  • Sheriff John Guillory
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
  • Craig Iverson
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010
  • Performer
95% Elementary
2012
  • John Soble
73% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
  • Leonard Hall Sr.

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