William Hopper (I) (1915–1970)

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William Hopper was born on January 26, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as William DeWolf Hopper Jr. He was an actor, known for Perry Mason (1957), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955). He was married to Jeanette Juanita Ward and Jane Gilbert. He died on March 6, 1970 in Palm Springs, California, USA. See full bio »

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Known For

Perry Mason Paul Drake
20 Million Miles to Earth Col. Robert Calder
Rebel Without a Cause Judy's Father
The Bad Seed Col. Kenneth Penmark


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 1970 Myra Breckinridge
Judge Frederic D. Cannon (uncredited)
 1957-1966 Perry Mason (TV Series)
Paul Drake
- The Case of the Final Fade-Out (1966) ... Paul Drake
- The Case of the Crafty Kidnapper (1966) ... Paul Drake
- The Case of the Positive Negative (1966) ... Paul Drake
- The Case of the Misguided Model (1966) ... Paul Drake
- The Case of the Dead Ringer (1966) ... Paul Drake
 1964 Valentine's Day (TV Series)
- The Hottest Game in Town (1964) ... Judge
 1957 The Restless Gun (TV Series)
Dan Mailer
- Pilot (1957) ... Dan Mailer
 1957 Slim Carter
Joe Brewster
 1956-1957 Studio 57 (TV Series)
Kip / Smith
- Mr. November (1957) ... Kip
- The Magic Glass (1956) ... Smith
 1957 20 Million Miles to Earth
Col. Robert Calder
 1957 The Deadly Mantis
Dr. Nedrick Jackson
 1957 The Joseph Cotten Show: On Trial (TV Series)
Arnold Bait
- The Case of the Jealous Bomber (1957) ... Arnold Bait
 1957 Schlitz Playhouse (TV Series)
Dan Mailer
- The Restless Gun (1957) ... Dan Mailer
 1956 Matinee Theatre (TV Series)
 1955-1956 Lux Video Theatre (TV Series)
George / Jim Johanson / Brad Scott
- The Top Rung (1956) ... George
- The Star (1956) ... Jim Johanson
- No Sad Songs for Me (1955) ... Brad Scott
 1956 The Bad Seed
Col. Kenneth Penmark
 1956 Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theatre (TV Series)
Rick Gordon
- Ten Percent (1956) ... Rick Gordon
 1956 Gunsmoke (TV Series)
Tasker / John Henry Jordan
- Unmarked Grave (1956) ... Tasker
- Robin Hood (1956) ... John Henry Jordan
 1956 The First Texan
William Barrett Travis
 1956 The Millionaire (TV Series)
Capt. Jonathan Carroll
- The Captain Jonathan Carroll Story (1956) ... Capt. Jonathan Carroll
 1956 Good-bye, My Lady
Walden Grover
 1956 Celebrity Playhouse (TV Series)
 1956 The 20th Century-Fox Hour (TV Series)
Philip Harland
- One Life (1956) ... Philip Harland
 1956 Fury (TV Series)
Sam Wilson
- The Hobo (1956) ... Sam Wilson
 1955 Casablanca (TV Series)
William Randall
- Labor Camp Escape (1955) ... William Randall
 1955 Warner Brothers Presents (TV Series)
- The Return (1955) ... Wilson
 1955 Rebel Without a Cause
Judy's Father
 1955 One Desire
'Mac' MacBain
 1955 The Ford Television Theatre (TV Series)
Joe Cramer
- The Mumbys (1955) ... Joe Cramer
 1955 Robbers' Roost
Robert Bell
 1955 Conquest of Space
Dr. George Fenton
 1954 Mayor of the Town (TV Series)
- Minnie's Job (1954) ... Girard
 1954 Track of the Cat
Arthur Bridges
 1954 This Is My Love
District Attorney
 1954 Sitting Bull
Charles Wentworth (as Bill Hopper)
 1954 The High and the Mighty
Roy (as William Dewolf Hopper)
 1944 The Last Ride
Swank - Mechanic / Henchman (uncredited)
 1943 Murder on the Waterfront
First Sentry (uncredited)
 1943 Action in the North Atlantic
Canadian Soldier (uncredited)
 1943 Air Force
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1943 Truck Busters
Trucker (uncredited)
 1943 The Hard Way
Hotel Desk Clerk (uncredited)
 1942 Gentleman Jim
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
 1942 Beyond the Line of Duty (Short)
University of Texas Classmate (uncredited)
 1942 You Can't Escape Forever
Soldier (uncredited)
 1942 Desperate Journey
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1942 Across the Pacific
Orderly (uncredited)
 1942 Divide and Conquer (Short)
Minor Role (uncredited)
 1942 Busses Roar
Dark-Haired Sailor at Bar (uncredited)
 1942 Secret Enemies
Agent (uncredited)
 1942 Escape from Crime
Hastings (uncredited)
 1942 Spy Ship
Reporter (uncredited)
 1942 Juke Girl
Atlanta Postal Clerk (uncredited)
 1942 Yankee Doodle Dandy
Reporter (uncredited)
 1942 Larceny, Inc
Traffic Policeman (uncredited)
 1942 Murder in the Big House
Reporter (uncredited)
 1942 Lady Gangster
John (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1942 The Male Animal
Reporter on Porch (uncredited)
 1942 Bullet Scars
Citizens Bank Teller (uncredited)
 1942 All Through the Night
Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 You're in the Army Now
Supply Man - Gas Masks (uncredited)
 1941 The Body Disappears
Terrence Abbott (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1941 They Died with Their Boots On
Lt. Frazier (uncredited)
 1941 Blues in the Night
Billiard Player (uncredited)
 1941 The Maltese Falcon
Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 Passage from Hong Kong
Watson (uncredited)
 1941 Navy Blues
Ensign Walters (uncredited)
 1941 International Squadron
Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1941 Dive Bomber
Pilot Telling Joe 'Tim Landed RAF Plane' (uncredited)
 1941 Manpower
Power Company Telephone Operator (uncredited)
 1941 Highway West
Frank Carson - Murdered Cashier (uncredited)
 1941 Bullets for O'Hara
Richard Palmer (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1941 The Bride Came C.O.D.
Keenan's Pilot (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1941 Throwing a Party (Short)
 1941 Sockaroo (Short)
 1941 Affectionately Yours
Airline Attendant (uncredited)
 1941 Strange Alibi
Apartment House Clerk (uncredited)
 1941 A Shot in the Dark
Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 Knockout
First Reporter (uncredited)
 1941 Here Comes Happiness
Skyler (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1941 Footsteps in the Dark
Police Secretary (uncredited)
 1941 Flight from Destiny
Travin (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1941 The Case of the Black Parrot
Ship's officer reporting false alarm (uncredited)
 1940 Lady with Red Hair
Lyceum Theater Attendant (uncredited)
 1940 Always a Bride
Man at Campaign Meeting Carrying Michael (uncredited)
 1940 The Flag of Humanity (Short)
Bill - Union Sentry (uncredited)
 1940 Knute Rockne All American
New York Reporter Covering Knute's Illness (uncredited)
 1940 No Time for Comedy
First-Nighter (uncredited)
 1940 Money and the Woman
J.L. Burns, Bank Depositor (uncredited)
 1940 Ladies Must Live
Joe Barton (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1940 Pony Express Days (Short)
St. Joseph Telegrapher (uncredited)
 1940 The Man Who Talked Too Much
Reporter #2 (uncredited)
 1940 Gambling on the High Seas
Police Boat Radio Operator (uncredited)
 1940 Brother Orchid
2nd Reporter on Return Ship (uncredited)
 1940 Flight Angels
Lefty (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1940 Tear Gas Squad
George (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1940 'Til We Meet Again
Man (uncredited)
 1940 The Singing Dude (Short)
Cowboy (uncredited)
 1940 Virginia City
Lieutenant Reporting Murrell's Attack (uncredited)
 1940 Castle on the Hudson
Reporter (uncredited)
 1940 Calling Philo Vance
Clerk at Hotel Nino in Chicago (uncredited)
 1940 The Fighting 69th
Pvt. Turner (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1939 Invisible Stripes
Society Gent in Top Hat (uncredited)
 1939 A Child Is Born
Intern Going to See Operation (uncredited)
 1939 The Return of Doctor X
Intern (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1939 On Dress Parade
Soldier Getting Radio Report from H4 (uncredited)
 1939 Pride of the Blue Grass
Joe (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1939 On Your Toes
Ronald - Peggy's Escort (uncredited)
 1939 Espionage Agent
Student (uncredited)
 1939 Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase
Reporter (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1939 Angels Wash Their Faces
Photographer (uncredited)
 1939 The Bill of Rights (Short)
Courier (uncredited)
 1939 The Old Maid
John (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1939 Dust Be My Destiny
Reporter (uncredited)
 1939 The Cowboy Quarterback
Handsome Sam Saxon (as DeWolf Hopper)
 1939 Daughters Courageous
Striped-Shirted Man at Beach (uncredited)
 1939 Midnight
Flammarions' Party Guest (uncredited)
 1939 Stagecoach
Sergeant (uncredited)
 1938 Mystery House
Lal Killian
 1938 Love, Honor and Behave
Yale Tennis Player (uncredited)
 1938 The Daredevil Drivers
Neeley Bus Driver
 1937 Over the Goal
Ken Thomas
 1937 Love Is on the Air
Eddie Gould
 1937 Back in Circulation
Pete Eddington - a Reporter (uncredited)
 1937 The Footloose Heiress
Jack Pierson
 1937 Mr. Dodd Takes the Air
Second Production Manager (uncredited)
 1937 Public Wedding
Anthony (Tony) Burke
 1937 Dick Tracy
Dirigible Pilot (uncredited)
 1937 Join the Marines
Marine (uncredited)
 1937 Larceny on the Air
Announcer (as De Wolf Hopper)
 1936 Beware of Ladies
Reporter (uncredited)
 1936 The Accusing Finger
Reporter (as DeWolf Hopper Jr.)
 1936 Easy to Take
Radio Monitor Room Man (uncredited)
 1936 The Big Broadcast of 1937
Ship's Officer (uncredited)
 1936 Murder with Pictures
Photographer (uncredited)
 1936 The King Steps Out
Soldier (uncredited)
 1916 Sunshine Dad
Infant in carriage (as DeWolf Hopper Jr.)
Show Show Soundtrack (1 credit)
Show Show Self (4 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (2 credits)

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Alternate Names:

DeWolf Hopper Jr. | Bill Hopper | De Wolf Hopper | DeWolf Hopper | William Dewolf Hopper


6' 3" (1.91 m)


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Hopper, Hedda | Hopper, DeWolf | DeWolf Hopper Sr. | Hedda Hopper

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I didn't dislike movie people, but they were nothing special to me. I'd been around them all my life. My mother's [Hedda Hopper] the kind who could say "Howdeedo" to the king of England and feel perfectly at home. But I couldn't.


Suffered a stroke on 14 February 1970. See more »



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