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DeWolf Hopper, Jr.

Also Known As: "William Hopper"
Birthdate: (55)
Birthplace: New York, New York County, NY, USA
Death: March 6, 1970 (55) (heart attack)
Place of Burial: Whittier, Los Angeles County, CA, USA
Immediate Family:

Son of DeWolf Hopper and Hedda Hopper
Husband of Jeanette J. Hopper
Ex-husband of Jane Gilbert
Father of Joan Hopper
Half brother of John Allan Hopper

Occupation: actor
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About William Hopper

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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William Hopper's Timeline

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