Tom Wopat

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Tom Wopat
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Tom Wopat (1979)
BornThomas Steven Wopat
(1951-09-09) September 9, 1951 (age 63)
Lodi, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Vickie Allen (divorced)
Kathy Wopat (present)
 
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Tom Wopat
Tom Wopat 1979.JPG
Tom Wopat (1979)
BornThomas Steven Wopat
(1951-09-09) September 9, 1951 (age 63)
Lodi, Wisconsin, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1977–present
Spouse(s)Vickie Allen (divorced)
Kathy Wopat (present)

Thomas Steven "Tom" Wopat (born September 9, 1951) is an American actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Luke Duke in the long-running 1979 television series The Dukes of Hazzard, along with John Schneider. He also played Jeff, one of Cybill Shepherd's ex-husbands on the sitcom Cybill.

Life and career[edit]

Thomas Steven Wopat was born in Lodi, Wisconsin, the fifth of eight siblings born to Albin Carl Wopat (December 10, 1919 – January 27, 1983) and his wife, Ruth Arlene (née Skarda) Wopat (May 20, 1920 – September 23, 1959).[1]His father, a devout Roman Catholic,[2] who raised his children in that faith, was a dairy farmer of Czech descent.[3]

Wopat attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison, and made his television debut on One Life to Live. He achieved television fame in the popular television series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979–85), then embarked on a music career. He has recorded eight albums. Musically, he switches between rock and roll and country music styles, though his last two albums have been of classic pop standards. The latter recording, Dissertation on the State of Bliss, is a collection of Harold Arlen songs. Wopat first appeared on the Broadway stage as a replacement in the 1977 musical I Love My Wife, as "Wally". He later appeared as a replacement in the stage musicals City of Angels, and Guys and Dolls. He appeared in the opening cast of the 1999 revival of Annie Get Your Gun as "Frank Butler", opposite Bernadette Peters, Susan Lucci and Crystal Bernard, who played Annie Oakley (in consecutive order); he was nominated for a Tony Award in 1999 for his performance as Butler. He later appeared in revivals of Chicago and 42nd Street.[4][5]

In 1996, Wopat served as the first host of Dick Clark's new country music performance show on The Nashville Network, "Prime Time Country". However, his time on the show was short-lived. Before the end of the first season, Wopat was replaced by Gary Chapman as host.[why?]

In 2005, Wopat appeared in the Broadway revival of David Mamet's Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross as James Lingk. He starred in the North Carolina Theatre's production of The Music Man as Harold Hill in November 2006.[6]

In 2008, Wopat starred on Broadway as the father in A Catered Affair, written by Harvey Fierstein (book) and John Bucchino (score), which opened on April 17, 2008 at the Walter Kerr Theatre.[7] He received his second Tony nomination for that performance.

Wopat and Nathan Lane took part in a workshop of a new musical, Catch Me If You Can, in July 2007, based on the film directed by Steven Spielberg (2002).[8]

In July 2009, he originated the role of Frank Abignale, Sr. in the musical Catch Me if You Can (based on the film of the same name) in July and August 2009 at the 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle, Washington.[9]

Wopat was featured in the new musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim, conceived and directed by James Lapine, presenting the life and works of Stephen Sondheim. The revue premiered on Broadway at the Roundabout Theatre's Studio 54 on March 19, 2010 in previews and closed on June 27.[10]

Wopat had a small role, as U.S. Marshal Gil Tatum, in the Quentin Tarantino film Django Unchained (2012).[11] Wopat portrayed Ryan Hutton in the musical Lovestruck in 2013.

Filmography[edit]

YearTitleRoleNotes
1979–85Dukes of Hazzard, TheThe Dukes of HazzardLuke DukeTelevision series
1980Fantasy IslandDavid ChiltonEpisode: "Flying Aces/The Mermaid Returns"
1983Dukes, TheThe DukesLuke Duke7 episodes
1984Story, Songs and StarsTelevision program
1984Burning RageTom SilverTelevision program
1987Christmas Comes to Willow CreekPeteTelevision program
1988Blue SkiesFrank CobbTelevision series
1989Peaceable Kingdom, AA Peaceable KingdomDr. Jed McFadden12 episodes
1992Just My ImaginationBobby RexTelevision program
1995–98CybillJeff RobbinsTelevision series
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with Christine Baranski, Dedee Pfeiffer, Alan Rosenberg, Cybill Shepherd and Alicia Witt)
1996Murder, She WroteBill DawsonEpisode: "Kendo Killing"
1997ContagiousSamTelevision program
1997Crisis CenterChuck GoodmanEpisode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"
1997Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!Luke DukeTelevision program
1997–98Home ImprovementIanEpisodes: "Jill's Passion", "Taking Jill for Granite"
1998Meteorites!Tom JohnsonTelevision program
1999Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for HomeLuke DukeVideo game
2000Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in HollywoodLuke DukeTelevision program
2001100 Centre StreetHanley RandEpisode: "Lost Causes"
2001–02All My ChildrenHank Pelhamunknown episodes
2004Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee, TheThe Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General LeeLuke DukeVideo game
2005SmallvilleSenator Jack JenningsEpisode: "Exposed"
2006StandoffRick KeeslarEpisode: "Pilot"
2006BonnevilleArlo
2007History of Wisconsin Football, TheThe History of Wisconsin FootballVoice role
2008Hive, TheThe HiveBillTelevision program
2008Understudy, TheThe UnderstudyDetective Jones
2009Taking ChanceJohn PhelpsTelevision program
2010Phineas and FerbWilkins Brother No. 2Episode: "Just Passing Through/Candace's Big Day"
2010Jonah HexColonel Slocum
2010Main StreetFrankFather of Mary Saunders
2012LongmireSheriff Jim WilkinsEpisode: "An Incredibly Beautiful Thing"
2012Django UnchainedMarshall Gill Tatum
2012Mariachi GringoRon
2013Lovestruck: The MusicalRyan HuttonMirabella's Father

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

YearAlbum
1981The Dukes of Hazzard (1981 Soundtrack)
1983Tom Wopat
1987A Little Bit Closer
1990Don't Look Back
1992Learning to Love
1995Hands On
2000The Still of the Night
2005Tom Wopat Sings Harold Arlen:
Dissertation on the State of Bliss
2009Consider it Swung
2013I've Got Your Number

Singles[edit]

YearSingleChart PositionsAlbum
US CountryCAN Country
1986"True Love (Never Did Run Smooth)"39A Little Bit Closer
"I Won't Let You Down"44
1987"The Rock and Roll of Love"1614
"Put Me Out of My Misery"2825
"Susannah"20
1988"A Little Bit Closer"18
"Hey Little Sister"40singles only
"Not Enough Love"29
1991"Too Many Honky Tonks (On My Way Home)"4646Learning to Love
"Back to the Well"5154

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wopat genealogy site; accessed February 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Info re Wopat's ethnic background; accessed February 26, 2014.
  3. ^ Info re funeral of Albin Carl Wopat; accessed February 26, 2014.
  4. ^ Tom Wopat at the Internet Broadway Database
  5. ^ Tom Wopat at the Internet Off-Broadway Database
  6. ^ Music Man playbill, November 4, 2006.
  7. ^ Playbill article "One White Dress": New Fierstein-Bucchino Musical A Catered Affair Opens on Broadway, April 17, 2008.
  8. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Lane and Wopat Invited to Catch Me If You Can Workshop", playbill.com; May 3, 2007.
  9. ^ Hetrick, Adam.Broadway-Aimed "Catch Me If You Can Ends Seattle Premiere Run Aug. 16", playbill.com, August 16, 2009.
  10. ^ Jones, Kenneth."Sondheim on Sondheim, a New Musical Reflection of a Life in Art, Begins on Broadway", playbill.com, March 19, 2010; accessed March 23, 2014.
  11. ^ Tom Wopat role in Django Unchained, reservoirwatchdogs.com, November 11, 2011; accessed March 23, 2014.

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