Tom Wopat

Actor, Singer, Video director
One of the most recognizable faces on television in the 1980s, actor-singer Tom Wopat went on to enjoy a fulfilling career on stage, screen and in the recording studio. Along with co-star John Schneider, Wopat became a ... Read more »
Born: 09/09/1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Elementary 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lovestruck: The Musical 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Django Unchained 2012 (Movie)

U.S. Marshall Gill Tatum (Actor)

Longmire 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Understudy 2012 (Movie)

Detective Jones (Actor)

A Gifted Man 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

All My Children 1969 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Main Street 2011 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Mariachi Gringo 2011 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

Phineas and Ferb 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Voice

Jonah Hex 2010 (Movie)

Colonel Slocum (Actor)

Medium 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bonneville 2008 (Movie)

Arlo Brimm (Actor)

Standoff 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Smallville 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

CBS at 75: A Primetime Celebration 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

100 Centre Street 2000 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bear: The Legend of Coach Paul Bryant 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Narrator

My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

National Memorial Day Concert (2001) 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dukes of Hazzard: The E! True Hollywood 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

America's Millennium 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Tony Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Performer

The Life and Times of The Dukes of Hazzard 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybill 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crisis Center 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

A 70's Celebration: The Beat Is Back 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

On Stage 1988 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Skies 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Performer

The 37th Annual Prime Time Emmy Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The 40th Annual Tony Awards 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Performer

The 39th Annual Tony Awards 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Performer

The Dukes of Hazzard 1978 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dukes 1982 - 1984 (TV Show)

Voice

Battle of the Network Stars XIV 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Battle of the Network Stars XII 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

A Country Christmas 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Burning Rage (TV Show)

Actor

Contagious (TV Show)

Actor

Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion (TV Show)

Actor

Just My Imagination (TV Show)

Actor

Meteorites! (TV Show)

Actor

Peaceable Kingdom (TV Show)

Actor

Taking Chance (TV Show)

Actor

The Hive (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

One of the most recognizable faces on television in the 1980s, actor-singer Tom Wopat went on to enjoy a fulfilling career on stage, screen and in the recording studio. Along with co-star John Schneider, Wopat became a star virtually overnight when he was a cast as Luke Duke on the action-comedy "The Dukes of Hazzard" (CBS, 1979-1985). Although dismissed by critics, the show quickly entered the realm of pop culture phenomenon and forever linked the actor to his good ole' boy character. Wopat also pursued his love of music, releasing albums like <i>A Little Bit Closer</i>, which spawned a number of country music singles. Television remained a reliable venue for Wopat, who played one of Cybill Shepherd's ex-husbands on the hit sitcom "Cybill" (CBS, 1995-98) and later took part in a pair of Hazzard revivals, "The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!" (CBS, 1997) and "The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood" (CBS, 2000). But it was on Broadway where the affable star achieved his greatest success, starring in such acclaimed productions as the hit musical "Annie Get Your Gun" and in David Mamet's seminal drama "Glengarry, Glen Ross." Amidst his stage and recording efforts, Wopat continued to appear on screen, frequently in such Western fare as the Josh Brolin vehicle "Jonah Hex" (2010) and Quentin Tarantino's "Django Unchained" (2012). While appreciative of "The Dukes of Hazzard," Wopat wisely moved forward with a career in which his first two loves - music and theater - ultimately yielded immensely rewarding results.

Relationships

Vickie Allen Assistant Director

Companion
Married in 1984 divorced

EDUCATION

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Madison, Wisconsin
Dropped out to travel for two years as the lead singer and guitarist of a rock group

Milestones

2011

Cast in a supporting role opposite Colin Firth and Orlando Bloom in the small-town drama "Main Street" (lensed 2010)

2010

Cast in supporting role opposite Josh Brolin and John Malkovich in "Jonah Hex"

2008

Played the father in the Broadway musical "A Catered Affair"; earned a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical

2008

Acted in "Bonneville" with Joan Allen, Kathy Bates and Jessica Lange

2005

Appeared in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play "Glengarry Glen Ross" as the browbeaten customer James Lingk

2002

Made NYC cabaret appearance at Arci's Place

2001

Briefly joined the cast of the ABC daytime serial "All My Children"

2000

Again played Luke Duke in "The Dukes of Hazzard - Hazzards in Hollywood" (CBS)

1999

Returned to the stage to star opposite Bernadette Peters in a revival of Irving Berlin's "Annie Get Your Gun"; earned Tony nomination; later toured with show; returned to the Broadway production in June 2001

1997

Reprised role of Luke Duke in the TV-movie "The Dukes of Hazzard Reunion" (CBS)

1995

Was a regular on the CBS sitcom "Cybill"; played one of the star's ex-husbands

1991

Pursued an active country singing career, touring with his Full Moon band and making solo appearances with symphony orchestras in Cincinnati and Toronto

1991

Returned to Broadway after 13 years to star in "City of Angels"

1989

Was a regular on the short-lived CBS series "Peaceable Kingdom"

1988

Starred in short-lived dramatic TV series "Blue Skies" (CBS)

1987

Reunited with "Hazzard's" co-star John Schneider for TV-movie "Christmas Comes to Willow Creek"

1987

Recorded single "A Little Bit Closer" which yielded a top-five country video

1986

Had lead role in "Carousel" in a stage production at the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC

1984

Made TV-movie debut in "Burning Rage"

1983

Reprised role of Luke Duke (voice only) for animated series "The Dukes"

1979

Landed starring role as Luke Duke on long-running CBS comedy series "The Dukes of Hazzard"

1978

Made Broadway debut in "I Love My Wife"

1978

Played lead in the Washington, DC production of the stage musical "The Robber Bridegroom"

1977

Off-Broadway debut in revue "A Bistro Car on the CNR"

1977

Moved to New York

Started singing leads in local musicals when he was age 12

Born and raised on dairy farm in Lodi, Wisconsin

Dropped out of college to tour with rock group as lead singer and guitarist

Spent two summers at Barn Theater in Michigan

Bonus Trivia

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His official fan Web site is at www.tomwopat.com.

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On March 15, 2006, Tom Wopat was arrested for drunken driving in Ringwood, New Jersey.

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