Probably best known as “Paul Drake” on TV’s Perry Mason, handsome William Hopper was more than a little hesitant to enter the family business, which in this case was show business. Born William DeWolf Hopper, Jr. in New York City, Hopper was the son of former actress and famous gossip-columnist Hedda Hopper and actor William Dewolfe Hopper. His father was noted for his rendition of the poem Casey at the Bat which he reputedly had performed over 10,000 times. The younger Hopper made his screen debut as an infant in a baby carriage in the 1916 film Sunshine Dad, but his true acting career didn’t begin until many years later when he had returned from the service. With more than a little help from his Hollywood insider mother, Hopper carved out a fairly prolific film career made up primarily of bit parts and supporting roles. He did manage to appear in some of Hollywood’s all-time classic films including Stagecoach, Knute Rockne, All American and THe Maltese Falcon, but it wasn’t until he landed on Perry Mason in 1957 that he became a household name. His final film role was as in 1970 as “Judge Frederic D. Cannon” in Myra Breckinridge. He died in 1970 of pneumonia, which coincidentally had felled his famous mother, as well.