William Hopper

Born Jan 26, 1915

William Hopper, born DeWolf Hopper, Jr. was an American actor. Hopper was born in New York City, the only child of singer and comic stage actor DeWolf Hopper (1858–1935) and actress and gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (1885–1966).

related links

News + Updates

Browse recent news and stories about William Hopper.


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of William Hopper.


1915 Birth William DeWolf Hopper, Jr., was born January 26, 1915, in New York City. … Read More
1916 1 Year Old Hopper made his film debut as a baby in his father's 1916 silent movie Sunshine Dad.
1922 7 Years Old His mother divorced his father in 1922 and moved to Hollywood with their son. … Read More


1936 21 Years Old 1 More Event
In March 1936 Hopper — then working under the name Wolfe Hopper — won a contract at Paramount Pictures. … Read More
1937 22 Years Old In 1937 he portrayed the leading man in two films, Public Wedding with Jane Wyman and Over the Goal with June Travis. … Read More
1940 25 Years Old In 1940 Hopper married actress Jane Kies, sister of Margaret Lindsay, whose professional name was Jane Gilbert. … Read More


1953 38 Years Old In 1953 director William Wellman persuaded Hopper to resume his movie career with his 1954 film, The High and the Mighty, opposite Jan Sterling. … Read More


1955 40 Years Old Hopper was cast to star opposite Claire Trevor in the live television drama, "No Sad Songs for Me", broadcast April 14, 1955, on NBC's Lux Video Theatre. … Read More
1957 42 Years Old Also in 1957 he played a supporting role in the pilot episode of the television series The Restless Gun, which was broadcast as an episode of Schlitz Playhouse of Stars. … Read More
1959 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1959 episode, "The Case of Paul Drake's Dilemma," Hopper played the defendant, the only time in the series' nine-year run that Paul Drake was tried for murder. … Read More


1966 51 Years Old On February 1, 1966, Hopper announced the death of his mother, actress and celebrated Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, from pleural pneumonia.
1970 55 Years Old 1 More Event
Hopper entered Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, California, on February 14, 1970, after suffering a stroke. … Read More
Original Authors of this text are noted on
Text is made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License.