Tom Wopat Biography (1951-)

Born September 9, 1951, in Lodi, WI; married three times, divorced three times; children: five.

Actor, singer, director
Birth Details
September 9, 1951
Lodi, Wisconsin, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Luke Duke, The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1979-1982 and 1983-1985
  • Voice of Luke Duke, The Dukes (animated), CBS, 1983
  • Frank Cobb, Blue Skies, CBS, 1988
  • Performer of theme song, Empty Nest, NBC, 1988-1995
  • Dr. Jed McFadden, A Peaceable Kingdom, CBS, 1989
  • Jeff Robbins, Cybill, CBS, 1995-1998
  • Host, Prime Time Country, TNN, 1996
  • Hank Pelham, All My Children, ABC, 2001
  • Movies
  • Tom Silver, Burning Rage, CBS, 1984
  • Pete, Christmas Comes to Willow Creek, CBS, 1987
  • Bobby Rex, Just My Imagination (also known as The Girl in the Song Title), NBC, 1992
  • Luke Duke, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! (also known as Reunion in Hazzard), CBS, 1997
  • Sam, Contagious (also known as Virus), USA Network, 1997
  • Tom Johnson, Meteorites!, USA Network, 1998
  • Luke Duke, The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood, NBC, 2000
  • Specials
  • CBS team captain, Battle of the Network Stars XIV, 1980
  • Celebrity Challenge of the Sexes, CBS, 1980
  • A Country Christmas, 1980
  • CBS team member, Battle of the Network Stars XII, ABC, 1982
  • Performer, American Bandstand's 33 1/3 Celebration, 1985
  • We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala, 1987
  • Anchor, All New Circus of the Stars and Side Show (also known as Circus of the Stars XVI), 1991
  • Segment host, A 70s Celebration: The Beat Is Back, NBC, 1993
  • Host, Great American Music: A Salute to Fast Cars, The Family Channel, 1994
  • Performer, Cincinnati Pops Holiday: Erich Kunzel's Halloween Spooktacular, PBS, 1996
  • Himself, Heart-throbs of the 70s (documentary), 2001
  • Himself, My Favorite Broadway: The Love Songs, PBS, 2001
  • Awards Presentations
  • The 39th Annual Tony Awards, 1985
  • The 37th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 1985
  • The 40th Annual Tony Awards, 1986
  • The 22nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, 1987
  • Episodic
  • Fantasy Island, ABC, 1980
  • Performer, On Stage, TNN, 1989
  • Bill Dawson, "Kendo Killing," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1996
  • Chuck Goodman, "Someone to Watch over Me," Crisis Center (also known as The Center), NBC, 1997
  • Ian, "Jill's Passion," Home Improvement, ABC, 1997
  • Ian, "Taking Jill for Granite," Home Improvement, ABC, 1998
  • Also appeared as guest panelist, Battlestars, NBC; and as himself,The Tom Green Show, MTV.
  • Television Work
  • Director; Episodic
  • "The Boar's Nest Bears," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1983
  • "Lulu's Gone Away," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1983
  • "Enos and Daisy's Wedding," The Dukes of Hazzard, CBS, 1985
  • Film Appearances
  • Story, Songs and Stars, 1984
  • Stage Appearances
  • Title role, The Robber Bridegroom, Ford's Theatre, Washington, DC,1977
  • Wally, I Love My Wife, Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York City, c.1977
  • Dan, A Bistro Car on the CNR, Playhouse Theatre, New York City, 1978
  • Oklahoma!, Equity Library Theatre, Master Theatre, New York City,1978
  • Member of the ensemble, Hey, Look Me Over (revue), Avery Fisher Hall, New York City, 1981
  • Billy, Carousel, Opera House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986
  • Jove/Jupiter/Zeus and Amphytrion, Olympus on My Mind, Lamb's Theatre, New York City, 1986-1987
  • Detective Stone, City of Angels, Virginia Theatre, New York City,1990
  • Sky Masterson, Guys and Dolls, Martin Beck Theatre, New York City,beginning in 1992
  • Frank Butler, Annie Get Your Gun, Marquis Theatre, New York City,1999, and again beginning in 2001
  • Also appeared in productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, South Pacific, and West Side Story.
  • Major Tours
  • Toured as Frank Butler, Annie Get Your Gun.
  • Albums
  • A Little Bit Closer, EMI America, 1977
  • Tom Wopat, 1977
  • Don't Look Back, Capitol, 1991
  • Learning to Love, Epic, 1992
  • The Still of the Night, Angel, 2000
  • Singles include "A Little Bit Closer," 1987, and others.
  • Music Videos
  • "A Little Bit Closer," 1987
  • Also directed music videos.

Further Reference


    • Billboard, January 20, 1996, p. 25
    • People Weekly, February 5, 1996, p. 14

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