Basic Information About William Hopper
|Category||Celebrities › Actors|
|Date of birth||1915-01-26|
|Place of birth||New York City|
|Date of death||1970-03-06 (aged 55)|
|Nationality||United States of America|
|Spouse||6 March - Jeanette Juanita Ward (1959 - 1970) (his death)|
Jane Gilbert - (20 January 1940 - 1959) (divorced) (1 child)
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Social Media||↗︎ Wikipedia ↗︎ IMDb|
What Movie Awards did William Hopper win?
William Hopper roles
|Movie / Series||Role|
|Myra Breckinridge||Judge Frederic D. Cannon (uncredited)|
William Hopper's Quotes
- 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.
Net Worth Details
William Hopper had a net worth of $4 million at the time of his death in 197 (adjusting for inflation). He amassed a fortune
through his acting career on stage, film, and television.
What is William Hopper known for?
William Hopper was a talented American actor famous for his role as Paul Drake in the television series Perry Mason from
1957 to 1966. Passionate about acting from an early age, he began his career on stage before moving to the big screen and
then to television.
Early life and education
Hopper was born in New York City to actor DeWolf Hopper and columnist Hedda Hopper in January 1915. His upbringing in a showbiz
family inspired him to become an actor. He attended Harvard military school but dropped out after two years and later
majored in Arts at Worcester Academy in Massachusetts. Later he joined the California Military Academy before finally becoming
an actor and venturing into showbiz.
William Hopper began his career on stage, performing in various theatres. With his hard work and dedication, he landed a
contract at Paramount Pictures and acted in films like Public Wedding, Over the Goal, The Footloose Heiress and Mystery House.
After returning to acting from the military, he starred in films like The High and the Mighty, Rebel Without a Cause,
and The Bad Seed, which received critical acclaim. However, it was his role as Paul Drake in Perry Mason that brought him
the recognition and appreciation he deserved.
The actor passed away on March 6, 197, at the age of 55 due to pneumonia-related complications. His sudden passing came
as a shock to his fans, friends, and family who were unable to cope with their loss.
In 1959, Hopper was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series
for Perry Mason. It was a testament to his outstanding talent and dedication to the craft of acting.
Service in the US Navy
Hopper served in the US Navy during World War II and was an active participant in the Battle of Iwo Jima. He earned a
commendation for his bravery and participated in the post-war recreation of the flag raising in Iwo Jima by playing the
role of his father, who had participated in it during the actual war.
An exemplar for future actors
William Hopper was a versatile actor who became an inspiration for many aspiring actors in the United States during his prime.
Even today, people remember him for his stellar performances in films like The Bad Seed, Rebel Without a Cause and others.
With his hardworking and dedicated personality, he became an epitome of how success is not inherited but earned over time
through consistent hard work and undeterred passion. His stellar acting skills and exceptional accomplishments continue
to inspire generations of actors to embody the same spirit of success.
William Hopper will always be remembered as one of the most charming actors of his era. Talented, humble, and hardworking,
he rose to stardom through his dedication and passion for acting. His career was a testament to what can be achieved with
hard work and consistency. With a huge fan base still admiring his talent till this day, he remains an icon of the entertainment
Interesting Facts about William Hopper
- 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 (1937), William Hopper was surprisingly in nine films with Humphrey 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),.