DeWolf Hopper, Jr. (1915 - 1970)

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Nicknames: "William Hopper"
Birthplace: New York, New York County, NY, USA
Death: Died
Cause of death: heart attack
Occupation: actor
Managed by: Tammy Swingle (Tucker)
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About DeWolf Hopper, Jr.

William Hopper, born DeWolf Hopper, Jr. (January 26, 1915 – March 6, 1970) 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). He is best remembered for playing private detective Paul Drake in more than 250 episodes of television's Perry Mason and for his role as the father of the Natalie Wood character in Rebel Without a Cause.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942, served as a frogman, and received a Bronze Star for bravery and heroic action during operations in the Pacific. He was discharged when the war ended in 1945. The stress of his military action as a frogman in the Pacific caused his hair to turn from blonde to grey.

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DeWolf Hopper, Jr.'s Timeline

January 26, 1915
New York, New York County, NY, USA
March 6, 1970
Age 55
Whittier, Los Angeles County, CA, USA