Josh Hopkins

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Josh Hopkins

Hopkins in 2010
BornWilliam Joshua Hopkins
(1970-09-12) September 12, 1970 (age 42)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1996–present
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Josh Hopkins

Hopkins in 2010
BornWilliam Joshua Hopkins
(1970-09-12) September 12, 1970 (age 42)
Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.
Years active1996–present

William Joshua "Josh" Hopkins (born September 12, 1970) is an American actor.



Hopkins joined the fourth, and last season, of New York Undercover in 1998. In 1999 Hopkins starred in Alanis Morissette's "Unsent" music video. Hopkins portrayed Paul Allen in the 1999 film Pirates of Silicon Valley, and Raymond Milbury on the television series Ally McBeal (2001 to 2002), probably his most famous role to date. He portrayed womanizer Charlie Babcock on the television series Pepper Dennis (2006). He later worked with his former Ally McBeal co-star Calista Flockhart when he had a recurring role on Brothers & Sisters. He also had a semi regular role as Peter Manning on the cancelled FOX drama Vanished (2006).

In 2005, Hopkins guest starred on Fox's hit show Bones as Temperance Brennan's former professor and lover, Michael Stires, in the episode "The Girl in the Fridge". Hopkins has also guest starred in CSI: Miami. Season 1 of the CBS series Cold Case saw Hopkins play the role of Assistant District Attorney Jason Kite. The show was especially noted for the on-screen chemistry between Hopkins' character and the character of Detective Lilly Rush, played by Kathryn Morris.

Hopkins starred in the 2008 CBS summer drama Swingtown as Roger Thompson. The series was originally intended for the Fall 2007 season, but was postponed due to the writer's strike. It has sparked some controversy for its portrayal of 1970s culture, including open marriage and key parties.

In 2009, Hopkins appeared as Dr. Noah Barnes in season 2 of ABC's Private Practice.

He currently plays the character Grayson Ellis on the ABC sitcom Cougar Town, which premiered September 23, 2009.

BuddyTV ranked him #73 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011".[1]

His most recent film, Lebanon, PA premiered in March at the 2010 SXSW Film Festival. Josh stars as "Will", a Philly ad man whose life takes on new meaning when he travels to rural Lebanon, Pennsylvania, to bury his father.

Personal life

Hopkins, who was born in Lexington, Kentucky, is the son of former Kentucky Congressman Larry Hopkins and Carolyn Hopkins. He attended Sayre School and played varsity basketball. Hopkins attended Auburn University.

During an interview with New Zealand radio station ZM, Hopkins exclaimed that his favorite basketball team was the Kentucky Wildcats He has made several subtle references to the 'Cats on Cougar Town, including doing "the shizz" (a dance made famous by John Wall) while playing basketball and performing Doron Lamb's "3 goggles" gesture after a victorious game of Penny Can.

In addition to acting, Hopkins is also an amateur musician who has recorded several original singles. His first music video, "Feigning Interest" (directed by John Killoran & Matt O'Neil), was released online in October 2006. When it became a featured video on MySpace in June 2007, the vast increase in exposure led to some controversy as viewers debated whether the song was outwardly misogynistic or a broad satire of one-track-minded men and women (the latter being Hopkins' stated intent). Regardless, the popularity of the "Feigning Interest" video led to a highly successful performance by Hopkins (accompanied by James Marsden) at the Lollapalooza music festival in Chicago in August 2007.


1996Parallel SonsMarty
PaulieShort film
1997Stick UpHapShort film
G.I. JaneFlea
1998Silencing MaryClay RobertsTV film
1999Pirates of Silicon ValleyPaul AllenTV film
2000Love & SexJoey Santino
Auto MotivesNigelShort film
The Perfect StormCapt. Darryl Ennis
2001One Eyed KingChuck
2001 – 2002Ally McBealRaymond MillburyTV series
2003L.A. ConfidentialOfficer Bud WhiteTV film
Chicken PartyActor/CopShort film
Law and Order: Special Victims UnitSpecial Agent Tim DonnovanTV Series; one episode, Season 5, Episode 4
Cold CaseAssistant D.A. KiteTV Series; main in Season 1 & recurring in Season 2 & 3
2004NYPD 2069Alex Franco/Alex BolanderTV film
2005Global FrequencySean FlynnTV film
Show & TellOfficer HendersonShort film
BonesMichael StiresTV Series; one episode, Season 1, Episode 8
2006Surrender DorothyPeterTV film
Brothers and SistersWarren SalterTV Series
2007The InsatiableChet
Pushing DaisiesSwimmerTV Series
Ghost WhispererShane CarsonOne episode, Season 3, Episode 4
2008Pretty Ugly PeopleGeorge
The Spirit of '76: The Making of SwingtownRoger ThompsonShort film
Have a Nice Revolution: Sex & Morality in 1970's AmericaRoger ThompsonShort film
200912 Men of ChristmasWill AlbrechtTV Film
CSI: MiamiMark GantryTV series
Private PracticeDr. Noah BarnesTV series
2009 – PresentCougar TownGrayson EllisTV series
2010Lebanon, Pa.Will
2011CastlePolice OfficerTV series, one episode, Season 4, Episode 6
2012Men at WorkRyanTV series, one episode, Season 1, Episode 5

(End credits have character name listed as Rick, although in the show they called him Ryan)


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