William Hopper
American actor
William Hopper
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).
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Zaman Britanya'dan Londra'da iftar - Pirsus Haber Ajansı
Google News - over 5 years
... Londra Başkonsolosu Ahmet Demirok'un yanı sıra Türkiye uzmanı Dr. Bill Park, İspanyol şarkıcı Clara Sanabras, Emel dergisi editörü Sarah Joseph, gazeteci Allegra Mostyn Owen, ekonomist William Hopper gibi birçok seçkin davetliler katıldı
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Veterans spotlight: World War II veteran sought overseas assignment - TCPalm
Google News - over 5 years
PALM CITY — When William Hopper, now 89, joined the Army Air Forces in 1942, he was sent to take basic training at Biloxi, Miss., then trained as an aircraft armament technician. His job was to see that all the weapons on aircraft
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Perry Mason Episodes - Screen Junkies
Google News - over 5 years
The series starred Raymond Burr as the title character, Barbara Hale as faithful secretary Della Street, William Hopper as private eye Paul Drake, William Talman as the exasperated prosecutor Hamilton Burger, and Ray Collins as police lieutenant Arthur
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DUI Roundup: APG Resident, 4 Others Charged - Patch.com
Google News - almost 6 years
George William Hopper III of the 1300 block of Clover Valley Way was pulled over at the intersection of Joppa Farm Road and Tribmle Road. May 21, 12:14 am A 39-year-old Aberdeen man was charged with driving under the influence
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The Drucker Institute Adds the “Kenneth Hopper Papers on Management” to its ... - DigitalJournal.com (press release)
Google News - almost 6 years
Kenneth is co-author with his brother, William Hopper, of The Puritan Gift: Reclaiming the American Dream Amidst Global Financial Chaos, which in 2009 was called “one of the most important business books of the past decade” by the Financial Times
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DVD; The Case Of the Canny Counsel
NYTimes - about 10 years
IN memory the old ''Perry Mason'' was campy and obvious. At the end of each hour Raymond Burr would rise commandingly from his courtroom chair and, with just a question or two and perhaps a peeved glare, elicit a detailed and tearful confession from a witness with more aptitude for murder than for perjury. Those Perry Mason moments are as awkward
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The Vatican on 'Zero Tolerance'
NYTimes - over 14 years
To the Editor: According to ''The Vatican Objects'' (editorial, Oct. 24), regarding the Vatican's response to the American bishops' Dallas agreement on zero tolerance for sexually abusive priests, the Vatican is worried that the agreement might ''cede too much influence and discretion to the laity.'' Maybe American Catholics should still use some
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Raymond Burr, Actor, 76, Dies; Played Perry Mason and Ironside
NYTimes - over 23 years
Raymond Burr, the burly, impassive actor who played the defense lawyer Perry Mason and the police detective Robert T. Ironside on television, died on Sunday at his ranch in Dry Creek Valley, near Healdsburg, Calif. He was 76. The cause was kidney cancer, said his doctor, Paul J. Marguglio. Mr. Burr started his career playing Hollywood heavies, most
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BURR AND GRIFFITH BACK IN FAMILIAR TV ROLES
NYTimes - almost 31 years
Actors who try to re-create beloved characters after a long absence recognize the risks of such revivals. Nevertheless, Raymond Burr agreed to star in a two-hour television movie, ''Perry Mason Returns,'' 20 years after the cancellation of the old ''Perry Mason'' series. Mr. Burr said recently that when the executive producer, Fred Silverman, first
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TV WEEKEND; A GLIMPSE OF RUSSIAN LIFE
NYTimes - about 31 years
THANKS to such carefully selected imports as ''Masterpiece Theater'' and all those delicious situation comedies starring Penelope Keith, American viewers know something about British television. But, primarily because of language differences, they know surprisingly little about television in other countries. WNYC/Channel 31 has taken an admirable
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NEW TV MOVIES FROM OLD SERIES
NYTimes - over 31 years
A few weeks ago, scheduled opposite the second game of the World Series, ''I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later'' whisked away a third of the television audience. The 11th-highest program in the week's ratings (the World Series game was No. 6), ''I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later'' is the most dramatic example of the success of a new trend -
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Petro-Canada Proposal
NYTimes - about 34 years
Petro-Canada's chairman and chief executive officer, William Hopper, said today that he would likely approach the federal Government about a step-by-step decontrol of Canadian oil prices. In a speech to the Canadian Club, Mr. Hopper said that he favors allowing oil prices to rise to world levels, instead of to 75 percent of those levels as at
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BP CANADA PLANS SALE TO OTTAWA
NYTimes - over 34 years
BP Canada Inc. agreed over the weekend to sell its refining and marketing activities to the Government's Petro-Canada for $347.5 million (Canadian). The deal would double Petro-Canada's share of the market, to 12 percent. The announcement set off an immediate political protest because Petro-Canada must borrow the money to pay for the 16,400
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AROUND THE NATION; G.M.'s Salaried Workers Reported Seeking Union
NYTimes - almost 35 years
Salaried workers at the General Motors Corporation are asking the United Automobile Workers to help organize most of the automobile maker's 129,000 white-collar workers in the United States, a U.A.W. official said. ''We'll welcome them with open arms National news is on pages 7-8, 28,32,35 and 46 if they want to organize,'' Martin Gerber, vice
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of William Hopper
    FIFTIES
  • 1970
    Age 55
    Hopper entered Desert Hospital in Palm Springs, California, on February 14, 1970, after suffering a stroke.
    More Details Hide Details He died of pneumonia three weeks later, on March 6, at age 55. Survived by his second wife, Jan, he was buried in Rose Hills Memorial Park in Whittier, California.
  • 1966
    Age 51
    On February 1, 1966, Hopper announced the death of his mother, actress and celebrated Hollywood columnist Hedda Hopper, from pleural pneumonia.
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  • FORTIES
  • 1959
    Age 44
    In 1959, Hopper was nominated as Best Supporting Actor (Continuing Character) in a Dramatic Series at the 11th Primetime Emmy Awards for his performance as Paul Drake.
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    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.
    More Details Hide Details Hopper worked in summer stock and made movie appearances during his years on Perry Mason. After the series was cancelled in 1966 he declined other TV offers. He made one final film appearance in Myra Breckinridge (1970), unreleased at the time of his death.
  • 1957
    Age 42
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His television guest appearances included the The Joseph Cotten Show, Gunsmoke, Fury, Studio 57 and The Millionaire. Hopper is best known for his principal role as the private investigator Paul Drake on CBS's courtroom television series Perry Mason (1957–66). He initially tested for the title role, while Raymond Burr read for the role of Mason's courtroom adversary, district attorney Hamilton Burger. Burr was encouraged to lose weight and return to audition for the role of Perry Mason — which he later did, successfully. Hopper, too, was called back. Executive producer Gail Patrick Jackson recalled, "When Bill Hopper came in to read for Paul Drake he blurted out, 'You hate my mother.' And that was Hedda Hopper. Well, I disliked what she stood for, but 'hate' is something else — and anyway he was perfect as Drake, and we got him."
  • THIRTIES
  • 1955
    Age 40
    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.
    More Details Hide Details He had such stage fright he initially cancelled: "I swore I'd never act again as long as I lived," Hopper recalled. "Then I thought, what the heck, they can't shoot me, and walked on the set. Something happened then. It was as if someone had surgically removed the nerves." At last comfortable on screen, Hopper played the father of Natalie Wood in the James Dean classic, Rebel Without a Cause (1955), and the often absent father in The Bad Seed (1956). With Joan Taylor and a very young Bart Braverman, he starred in the classic Ray Harryhausen science-fiction film 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
  • 1953
    Age 38
    In 1953 director William Wellman persuaded Hopper to resume his movie career with his 1954 film, The High and the Mighty, opposite Jan Sterling.
    More Details Hide Details Before filming began Hopper challenged Wellman because he suspected his mother had arranged the offer. "When it appeared Wellman was serious, I asked him if he knew whose son I was. He ignored me," Hopper recalled. "I was so lousy, so nervous, I didn't even know where the camera was. But somehow Billy got me through. Afterward, I thanked him. He said, 'Thank me, my foot. After this, you're going to be in every picture I make.' I didn't believe him." Hopper subsequently appeared in two of Wellman's films, Track of the Cat (1954) and Good-bye, My Lady (1956).
  • TWENTIES
  • 1940
    Age 25
    In 1940 Hopper married actress Jane Kies, sister of Margaret Lindsay, whose professional name was Jane Gilbert.
    More Details Hide Details They had worked together on the 1939 film, Invisible Stripes. They had one daughter, Joan, born in 1947.
  • 1937
    Age 22
    In 1937 he portrayed the leading man in two films, Public Wedding with Jane Wyman and Over the Goal with June Travis.
    More Details Hide Details He also enjoyed significant roles alongside Ann Sheridan in The Footloose Heiress (1937) and Mystery House (1938). After that he had roles that included playing a sergeant in the John Ford Western, Stagecoach (1939); an intern in The Return of Dr. X (1939); a college football player in Over the Goal (1939); and reporters in Knute Rockne, All American (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941) and Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942). Hopper became an actor because his mother expected it of him. "When I worked at Warner Bros.," Hopper said, "I was so scared I stuttered all the time." Hopper served with the United States Navy during World War II, as a volunteer with the Office of Strategic Services and as a member of the newly created Underwater Demolition Team. He received a Bronze Star and several other medals during operations in the Pacific.
  • 1936
    Age 21
    In 1936, he played a small role as a soldier in the Columbia Pictures film The King Steps Out starring Grace Moore.
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    In March 1936 Hopper — then working under the name Wolfe Hopper — won a contract at Paramount Pictures.
    More Details Hide Details Early in his film career, Hopper appeared in numerous movies, uncredited and also under the name DeWolf Hopper.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1922
    Age 7
    His mother divorced his father in 1922 and moved to Hollywood with their son.
    More Details Hide Details Hedda Hopper became one of America's best-known gossip columnists, with nearly 30 million readers in newspapers nationwide. Hopper began his acting career as a teenager. He made his first stage appearance at the Pasadena Community Playhouse, in She Loves Me Not. He worked in summer stock in Ogunquit, Maine. He appeared on Broadway in the short-lived comedy Order Please (1934) and as a member of the ensemble in Katharine Cornell's production of Romeo and Juliet (1934–35).
  • 1916
    Age 1
    Hopper made his film debut as a baby in his father's 1916 silent movie Sunshine Dad.
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  • 1915
    Age 0
    William DeWolf Hopper, Jr., was born January 26, 1915, in New York City.
    More Details Hide Details He was the only child of noted actor, singer, comedian and theatrical producer DeWolf Hopper and his fifth wife, actress Hedda Hopper. He had one older half-brother, John A. Hopper, from his father's second marriage in the 1880s.
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