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William Hopper

Highest Rated:   100% Gentleman Jim (1942)
Lowest Rated:   25% The High and the Mighty (1954)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
80% 20 Million Miles to Earth
  • Col. Robert Calder
1957
38% The Deadly Mantis (The Giant Mantis)(The Incredible Praying Mantis)
  • Dr. Nedrick 'Ned' Jackson
1957
65% 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
60% Conquest of Space
  • Dr. George Fenton
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
88% 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
63% Desperate Journey
  • Aircraftsman
1942
No Score Yet The Male Animal
  • Reporter
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 Murder with Pictures
  • Photographer
1936

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