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William Hopper (January 26, 1915March 6, 1970) was an American actor. He is probably best-remembered for playing Paul Drake on TV's Perry Mason. January 26 is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1915 (MCMXV) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ...

William Hopper
William Hopper

He was born William DeWolf Hopper, Jr. in New York, New York, the only child of actor/matinee idol DeWolf Hopper (1858 - 1935) and actress/gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (1885-1966). Image File history File links Williamhoppercu. ... Nickname: Big Apple, City that never Sleeps Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ... Official language(s) English de facto Capital Albany Largest city New York City Area  Ranked 27th  - Total 54,520 sq mi (141,205 km²)  - Width 285 miles (455 km)  - Length 330 miles (530 km)  - % water 13. ... DeWolf Hopper (March 30, 1858 – September 23, 1935) was an American actor, singer, comedian, and theatrical producer. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A gossip columnist is someone who writes a gossip column in a newspaper or magazine, especially a gossip magazine, that prints gossip stories, spreading news of a personal, private nature, and/or rumors and lies, usually about show business, the motion picture and television industries, celebrities, movie stars, superstars, people... Hedda Hopper on the July 28, 1947 cover of Time Magazine Hedda Hopper (May 2, 1885 – February 1, 1966) was an American actress and gossip columnist, whose long-running feud with friend turned arch-rival Louella Parsons became at least as notorious as many of Hoppers columns. ...


His debut motion picture appearance was as a baby in his father's 1916 silent movie Sunshine Dad. His mother divorced his elderly father in 1924, and she and Billy eventually moved to Hollywood. Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... Greetings from Hollywood Hollywood is a district of the city of Los Angeles, California, U.S.A., that extends from Vermont Avenue on the east to just beyond Laurel Canyon Boulevard above Sunset and Crescent Heights Boulevards on the west; the north to south boundary east of La Brea Avenue...


He began his acting career as a teenager, working in summer stock in Ogunquit, Maine. He went from there to Broadway, where he appeared in two plays, Order Please and Romeo and Juliet (both 1934). Look up Career in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Summer Stock is an MGM musical made in 1950. ... Perkins Cove, Ogunquit Ogunquit is a town located in York County, Maine. ... Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... A stage play is a dramatic work intended for performance before a live audience, or a performance of such a work. ...


In 1936, he played the small role as a photographer in the movie The King Steps Out starring Grace Moore and Franchot Tone at Columbia. He only portrayed the leading man in two films, Public Wedding with Jane Wyman and Over the Goal (both 1937). Grace Moore photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Mary Willie Grace Moore (December 5, 1898 - January 26, 1947) was an American operatic soprano and actress. ... Franchot Tone Franchot Tone (February 27, 1905 – September 18, 1968) was an American actor. ... Jane Wyman Jane Wyman (born January 4, 1914, though some sources have indicated that she may have been born January 5, 1917) is an Academy Award-winning, Golden Globe-winning and Emmy-nominated American actress best known for playing disabled characters such as Belinda MacDonald in Johnny Belinda and Helen...


He also enjoyed significant roles alongside Ann Sheridan in The Footloose Heiress (1937) and Mystery House (1938). Sheridan from Angels with Dirty Faces Ann Sheridan (February 21, 1915 – January 21, 1967) was an American film actress. ...


After that he had roles that include playing a sergeant in the Western Stagecoach (1939) starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne; a New York Reporter in Knute Rockne, All American (1940) starring Pat O'Brien, Gale Page, Ronald Reagan, and Donald Crisp; a reporter in the post-Hollywood Production Code version of The Maltese Falcon (1941) starring Humphrey Bogart and Mary Astor, with Gladys George, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet; and a reporter in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) starring James Cagney, with Walter Huston. Broncho Billy Anderson, from The Great Train Robbery The Western movie is one of the classic American film genres. ... Stagecoach is a 1939 western film, starring Claire Trevor and John Wayne in his breakthrough role. ... Trevor in Raw Deal (1948) Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 - April 8, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress, nicknamed Queen of Film Noir because of her many appearances in bad girl” roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), popularly known as The Duke, [1] was an Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Knute Rockne, All American is a 1940 biographical film which tells the story of Knute Rockne, perhaps the most famous of all of the football coaches at Notre Dame, one of the most successful football programs in history. ... James Cagney (center) and OBrien (right) in Angels with Dirty Faces Pat OBrien (November 11, 1899 – October 15, 1983) was an American movie actor with over 100 screen credits. ... Gale Page (July 29, 1913 – January 8, 1983) was an American actress. ... Ronald Wilson Reagan (February 6, 1911 – June 5, 2004) was the 40th President of the United States (1981–1989) and the 33rd Governor of California (1967–1975). ... Donald Crisp as Sir Charles Emery in MGMs Dr. Jekyll and Mr. ... Actors Bogart, Lorre, Astor and Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon (1941) The Maltese Falcon (1930) is a detective novel by Dashiell Hammett that has been adapted several times for the cinema. ... Humphrey DeForest Bogart (December 25, 1899 – January 14, 1957) was an iconic American actor of legendary fame who retained his legacy after death. ... Mary Astor (May 3, 1906 – September 25, 1987) was an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Gladys George (September 13, 1900 - December 8, 1954) was an American actress. ... Peter Lorre, 1946, by Yousuf Karsh Peter Lorre (June 26, 1904 – March 23, 1964), born Ladislav (László) Löwenstein, was a stage and screen actor of Austrian descent especially known for playing roles with sinister overtones in Hollywood crime films and mysteries. ... Greenstreet in The Maltese Falcon Sydney Greenstreet (December 27, 1879 – January 18, 1954) was an actor, originally from Sandwich, England. ... Yankee Doodle Dandy is a 1942 biographical film about George M. Cohan, starring James Cagney, Joan Leslie, Walter Huston, Richard Whorf, Irene Manning, George Tobias, Rosemary DeCamp and Jeanne Cagney. ... James Cagney was part of the Legends of Hollywood USPS stamp series. ... Actor Walter Huston in The Shanghai Gesture Walter Huston (April 6, 1884 (or 1894)see – April 7, 1950) was a Canadian-born actor. ...


Hopper appeared in numerous movies, mostly uncredited or using the name DeWolf Hopper in the early years.


In the mid- to late 1930s Hopper would, on occasion, visit nightclubs with film actress Isabel Jewell. He married actress Jane Gilbert (née Kies, sister of the better-known Margaret Lindsay) in 1940, with whom he had one daughter, Joan (b. 1942). Clubbing, also known as a disco A nightclub (often shortened to club) is an entertainment venue which does its primary business after dark. ... Isabel Jewell (July 19, 1907 - April 5, 1972) was an American film actress. ... Margaret Lindsay (September 19, 1910 - May 9, 1981) was an American film actress with 88 film credits, the most significant of which occurred during her time as a Warner Bros. ...


The couple divorced in the early 1960s, and, shortly thereafter, Hopper married his second wife, Jan, whose son, Gordon Williams, became Hopper's stepson.


He enlisted as a frogman in the Navy in 1942, and won a Bronze Star for bravery and heroic action during operations in the Pacific. // This page describes a type of scuba diver. ... USN redirects here. ... The Bronze Star Medal is a United States Armed Forces individual military decoration and is the fourth highest award for bravery, heroism or meritorious service. ... View of the Pacific Ocean from Oregon. ...


He was discharged in 1945 when the war was over, but chose not to return to the movie industry. Instead, he became a car salesman in Hollywood for eight years. Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


In the mid-1950s, Hopper resumed his acting career with his role as Roy in The High and the Mighty (1954) starring John Wayne, Claire Trevor, Laraine Day, and Robert Stack. The High and the Mighty is a 1954 disaster movie released through Warner Brothers. ... John Wayne (May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), popularly known as The Duke, [1] was an Academy Award winning, American film actor whose career began in silent movies in the 1920s. ... Trevor in Raw Deal (1948) Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 - April 8, 2000) was an Academy Award-winning American actress, nicknamed Queen of Film Noir because of her many appearances in bad girl” roles in film noir and other black-and-white thrillers. ... Actress Laraine Day American actress Laraine Day (b. ... Robert Stack c1960 Charles Langford Modini Stack (January 13, 1919 – May 14, 2003), better known as Robert Stack, was an American stage and movie actor. ...


Other appearances include his role as the father of Natalie Wood in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) with James Dean, Robert Mitchum's brother in Track of the Cat (1954), and as Col. Kenneth Penmark in The Bad Seed (1956) starring Nancy Kelly and Patty McCormack. Natalie Wood (July 20, 1938 – November 29, 1981) was an American film actress. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... James Byron Dean (February 8, 1931 – September 30, 1955) was an American film actor who epitomized youthful angst. ... Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor and singer. ... Track of the Cat is a 1949 adventure novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, which was adapted into the 1954 William A. Wellman film starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. ... Movie poster for The Bad Seed The Bad Seed is a novel by William March which was adapted into a play by Maxwell Anderson. ... Nancy Kelly (March 25, 1921 – January 2, 1995) was an American actress, born in Lowell, Massachusetts. ... Patty McCormack as Rhoda Penmark in The Bad Seed Patty McCormack (born August 21, 1945) is an American actress. ...

William Hopper as Paul Drake in Perry Mason
William Hopper as Paul Drake in Perry Mason

His crowning achievement was his regular role as private investigator Paul Drake on the classic lawyer TV series Perry Mason (1957 - 1966) with Raymond Burr as Mason and Barbara Hale as secretary Della Street. Image File history File links TCOT_One_Eyed_Witness. ... Image File history File links TCOT_One_Eyed_Witness. ... The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... Paul Drake was the detective in the television lawyer series Perry Mason, played by William Hopper. ... Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ... Raymond Burr Raymond William Stacey Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was an actor, most known for his roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. ... Barbara Hale (born April 18, 1922 in DeKalb, Illinois) is an American actress best known as Perry Masons secretary Della Street. She first began appearing in motion pictures in 1943 after training at the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts. ...


Hopper was originally cast in the role as Mason with Burr as Drake, but the roles were switched before shooting began. [citation needed]


In 1959, Hopper was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series for his role as Paul Drake. An Emmy Award. ...


His guest appearances on TV include Gunsmoke, Studio 57, The Millionaire, Schlitz Playhouse of Stars, and On Trial. The cast of radios Gunsmoke: Howard McNear (Doc), William Conrad (Matt), Georgia Ellis (Kitty) and Parley Baer (Chester) Gunsmoke was a long-running American old-time radio and television Western drama created by director Norman MacDonnell and writer John Meston. ... The Millionaire, a television drama anthology series (CBS, 19 January 1955-28 September 1960), explored the ways unexpected wealth changed life for better or for worse. ... Schlitz Playhouse of Stars was a weekly anthology television series, broadcast Friday nights on CBS from 1951 until 1959. ...


He made two movie appearances during his years on Perry Mason, but retired after the show was canceled in 1966. He made one final movie appearance playing a judge, Frederic D. Cannon, in Gore Vidal's Myra Breckinridge (1970) starring Mae West, John Huston, Farrah Fawcett, Rex Reed, George Raft, Timothy Dalton, and Raquel Welch. Gore Vidal in 1948, photographed by Carl Van Vechten Eugene Luther Gore Vidal (born October 3, 1925) is a prolific, versatile American writer of novels, stage plays, screenplays, and essays, and, of late, a liberal political pundit. ... Myra Breckinridge (1968) is a satirical novel by Gore Vidal written in the form of a diary. ... MAE-West is a major Internet peering point located in San Jose, California. ... Statue of John Huston, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico John Marcellus Huston (August 5, 1906 – August 28, 1987) was an American film director and actor. ... Fawcett as Mary-Ann in Myra Breckinridge (1970) Farrah Fawcett (born Farrah Leni Fawcett[1] on February 2, 1947) is an American actress. ... Rex Taylor Reed (born October 2, 1938 in Fort Worth, Texas) is an American movie critic and was co-host of the syndicated television show At the Movies. ... Raft in They Drive by Night George Raft (September 26, 1895 - November 24, 1980) was an American film actor most closely identified with his portrayals of gangsters in crime melodramas of the 1930s and 1940s. ... Timothy Peter Dalton (born March 21, 1946) is a Welsh-born English actor of stage and screen, famous for being chosen as the fourth official James Bond. ... Raquel Welch on the film poster for One Million Years B.C. Raquel Welch (born September 5, 1940) is an American actress. ...


He was hospitalized on February 14, 1970, after a stroke at his home in Yucca Valley, and was transferred to the hospital in Palm Springs when pneumonia developed. February 14 is the 45th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ... A stroke or cerebrovascular accident (CVA) occurs when the blood supply to a part of the brain is suddenly interrupted by occlusion (an ischemic stroke- approximately 90% of strokes), by hemorrhage (a hemorrhagic stroke - less than 10% of strokes) or other causes. ... Yucca Valley is in San Bernardino County, California, United States. ... Palm Springs is a famed Riverside County, California, desert resort city, approximately 110 miles east of Los Angeles. ...


William Hopper died of pneumonia, aged 55, in Palm Springs. He is interred in Rose Hills Cemetery, Whittier, California. Country United States State California County Los Angeles Mayor Greg Nordbak Area    - City 37. ...


Trivia

  • In the first Perry Mason movie after the TV Perry Mason series ended, a photograph of William Hopper is seen on the desk of Paul Drake Jr

Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ...

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