William Hopper

Highest Rated: 100% Gentleman Jim (1942)
Birthday: Jan 26, 1915
Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
The son of legendary Broadway actor DeWolfe Hopper and movie actress Hedda Hopper, William Hopper made his film debut as an infant in one of his father's films. The popular consensus is that the younger Hopper was given his first talking-picture break because of his mother's reputation as the most feared of the Hollywood gossips. Not so: Hopper was signed to his first Warner Bros. contract in 1937, a year or so before Hedda had established herself as the queen of the dirt-dishers. At first billing himself as DeWolfe Hopper Jr., Hopper languished in bit parts and walk-ons for several years. He wasn't able to graduate to better roles until the 1950s, by which time he was calling himself William Hopper. After a largely undistinguished film career (notable exceptions to his usual humdrum assignments were his roles in 20 Million Miles to Earth [1957] and The Bad Seed [1956]) Hopper finally gained fame -- and on his own merits -- as private detective Paul Drake on the enormously popular Perry Mason television series, which began its eight-season run in 1957. In a bizarre coincidence, Perry Mason left the air in 1966, the same year that William Hopper's mother Hedda passed away.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
80% 20 Million Miles to Earth Col. Robert Calder 1957
33% The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis) Dr. Nedrick 'Ned' Jackson 1957
63% The Bad Seed Col. Kenneth Penmark 1956
No Score Yet The First Texan Travis 1956
No Score Yet Goodbye, My Lady Grover 1956
96% Rebel Without a Cause Judy's Father 1955
No Score Yet Robbers' Roost Robert Bell 1955
60% Conquest of Space Dr. George Fenton 1955
No Score Yet One Desire MacBain 1955
No Score Yet Sitting Bull Charles Wentworth 1954
25% The High and the Mighty Roy 1954
No Score Yet Track of the Cat Arthur 1954
No Score Yet Conquest of Space Actor 1954
78% Air Force Sergeant 1943
No Score Yet The Mysterious Doctor Orderly 1943
92% Yankee Doodle Dandy Reporter 1942
No Score Yet Juke Girl Clerk 1942
No Score Yet Larceny, Inc. 2nd Customer 1942
No Score Yet Lady Gangster John 1942
100% Gentleman Jim Man 1942
No Score Yet Across the Pacific Orderly 1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal Reporter 1942
63% Desperate Journey Aircraftsman 1942
100% The Maltese Falcon Reporter 1941
No Score Yet Dive Bomber Pilot 1941
No Score Yet Affectionately Yours Airline Attendant 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Actor 1941
No Score Yet Here Comes Happiness Best Man 1941
No Score Yet Footsteps in the Dark Police Secretary 1941
No Score Yet Flight from Destiny Travin 1941
94% High Sierra Man 1941
No Score Yet The Bride Came C.O.D. Keenan's Pilot 1941
No Score Yet Manpower Actor 1941
82% They Died With Their Boots On Frazier 1941
No Score Yet The Body Disappears Terrence Abbott 1941
No Score Yet Knockout Actor 1941
No Score Yet Lady with Red Hair Theater Attendant 1940
No Score Yet Brother Orchid Reporter 1940
No Score Yet 'Til We Meet Again Man 1940
No Score Yet Castle on the Hudson Reporter 1940
No Score Yet Calling Philo Vance Hotel clerk 1940
No Score Yet The Fighting 69th Pvt. Turner 1940
83% Knute Rockne---All American Reporter 1940
No Score Yet Santa Fe Trail Officer 1940
No Score Yet Virginia City Lieutenant 1940
No Score Yet Invisible Stripes Young Man 1939
No Score Yet The Return of Doctor X Intern 1939
No Score Yet Espionage Agent Student 1939
No Score Yet Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase Reporter 1939
No Score Yet The Old Maid John Ward 1939
100% Stagecoach Sergeant 1939
No Score Yet Mystery House Lal Killian 1938
No Score Yet The Adventurous Blonde Matt 1937
No Score Yet Over the Goal Ken Thomas 1937
No Score Yet Love Is on the Air Eddie Gould 1937
No Score Yet Larceny on the Air Announcer 1937
No Score Yet The Footloose Heiress Jack Pierson 1937
No Score Yet Murder with Pictures Photographer 1936

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Sloane
  • 1956

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