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Overview (5)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Palm Springs, California, USA  (pneumonia following a stroke)
Birth NameWilliam DeWolf Hopper Jr.
Nickname Bill
Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Mini Bio (1)

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), The Bad Seed (1956) and Rebel Without a Cause (1955). He was married to Janette Jinty Mansfield and Jane Gilbert. He died on March 6, 1970 in Palm Springs, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Jane Gilbert (20 January 1940 - 1959) ( divorced) ( 1 child)
Janette Jinty Mansfield (? - 6 March 1970) ( his death)

Trivia (8)

Son of the actress-turned-gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper and DeWolf Hopper Sr.
Brother-in-law of actress Margaret Lindsay.
Prior to being a Navy frogman doing underwater demolition in the Pacific during WW II his hair was dark blonde. The stress of the danger turned it permanently white.
Suffered a stroke on 14 February 1970.
Pushed into acting by his mother, Hopper began in summer stock and on the New York stage. He was signed as a small-part contract player at Paramount, 1935-37. Subsequently received leads at Warner Brothers in second features. Career faltered due to his lack of ambition and ambiguity towards the acting profession in general, and he returned again to bit parts. Stressful wartime military service in the Navy led to a drinking problem. After being demobbed, worked for nine years as a car salesman. Resumed acting in 1954, eventually finding his niche as investigator Paul Drake, right hand man to Raymond Burr's 'Perry Mason', the role for which he is chiefly remembered.
Had a continuously difficult relationship with his famous mother, Hedda.
William Hopper died only 4 years after the death of his mother, Hedda Hopper.
If you include the short 'Breakdowns of 1937'Breakdowns of 1937 (1937), William Hopper was surprisingly in nine films with Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart albeit in bit and/or uncredited parts. The eight features are Invisible Stripes (1939), The Return of Doctor X (1939), Brother Orchid (1940), Virginia City (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), All Through the Night (1942), Across the Pacific (1942), and Action in the North Atlantic (1943),.

Personal Quotes (1)

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.

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