Tom Wopat

Tom Wopat

  • Highest Rated: 86% Django Unchained (2012)
  • Lowest Rated: 12% Jonah Hex (2010)
  • Birthday: Sep 9, 1951
  • Birthplace: Lodi, Wisconsin, USA
  • To Gen-X'ers, particularly those who grew up hooked on prime-time television, Tom Wopat will be forever inseparable from his role as Luke Duke, the more intelligent and responsible of two cousins who spent their days charging around the rural South in a souped-up Dodge Charger and evading the wiles of corrupt politician Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke), on the comedy-adventure series The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985). Born on a dairy farm in Lodi, WI, Wopat attended the University of Wisconsin as a young man, where he displayed strong musical ambition as a trombone player and a singer. Wopat spent his post-collegiate years touring in musical theater productions before being tapped for the Duke role in 1979. The CBS series, of course, took off like a rocket and netted a huge fan base (particularly among preteen boys). By 1982, however, it ran into a snag. Wopat and co-star John Schneider (who played Bo Duke) took issue with Warner Brothers Television over their salaries and shares of Hazzard merchandising revenues; the production company in fact snubbed their demands by bringing in two substitute actors for a single season, only to discover that the ploy didn't work. Wopat and Schneider thus returned in 1983 and stuck with the series for two more seasons, until it wrapped in August 1985. In the mean time, Wopat parlayed his Hazzard recognition into a recording career as a country singer. An eponymous debut album appeared in 1983 to generally favorable reviews, followed by a sophomore effort, the Capitol release Don't Look Back, in 1990, and a third effort, the Epic release Learning to Love, in 1992. The performer continued to cut his acting chops as well from time to time, signing for roles in such little-seen features as Contagious (1997) and Meteorites! (1998). He scored one of his more prominent post-Hazzard roles in a supporting turn opposite leads Kathy Bates, Jessica Lange, and Joan Allen in the female buddy comedy Bonneville (2006). Wopat also portrayed Jeff Robbins, ex-husband of actress Cybill Sheridan (Cybill Shepherd) in the first season of the CBS sitcom Cybill (1995-1998), and remained extremely active in various musical theater productions.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

60% New Money John Breckner 2019
No Score Yet Fair Haven Richard Grant 2017
No Score Yet Lost Cat Corona Jimmy Pipes 2017
80% The Standbys Actor 2014
No Score Yet Lovestruck: The Musical Actor 2013
43% Mariachi Gringo Ron 2013
86% Django Unchained U.S. Marshal Gill Tatum $162.9M 2012
No Score Yet The Understudy Actor $10.1K 2012
14% Main Street Frank $2.1K 2011
12% Jonah Hex Colonel Slocum $10.6M 2010
57% Taking Chance John Phelps 2009
No Score Yet The Hive Bill 2008
No Score Yet Dottie West - Greatest Hits Actor 2007
No Score Yet The History of Wisconsin Football Narrator 2007
40% Bonneville Arlo Brimm $0.4M 2006
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood Actor 2000
No Score Yet Meteorites! Tom Johnson 1998
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion! Luke Duke 1997
No Score Yet Contagious (Virus) Sam 1997
No Score Yet Christmas Comes to Willow Creek Pete 1987
No Score Yet Burning Rage Tom Silver 1984

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Madam Secretary
2014
Senator Peoples
  • 2019
96% Elementary
2012
John Soble
  • 2016
No Score Yet Blue Bloods
2010
Craig Iverson
  • 2012
  • 2011
66% A Gifted Man
2011-2012
Leonard Hall Sr.
  • 2011
No Score Yet Medium
2005-2011
Sheriff John Guillory
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
2007
Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet In Performance at the White House
2010-2016
Performer
  • 2006
23% Standoff
2006
Rick Keesler
  • 2006
92% Smallville
2001-2011
Jack Jennings
  • 2005
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
Performer
  • 2001
No Score Yet Cybill
1995-1998
Jeff Robbins
  • 1998
  • 1997
  • 1996
  • 1995
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Bill Dawson
  • 1996
No Score Yet Dukes of Hazzard
1979-1985
Director Luke Duke
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1982
  • 1981
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet The Dukes of Hazzard
1979
Luke Duke
  • 1985
  • 1984
  • 1983
  • 1980
  • 1979
No Score Yet Heirloom
2016

QUOTES FROM Tom Wopat CHARACTERS

Dr. King Schultz
My name is Dr. King Schultz, and like yourself, Marshall, I am a servant of the court. The man lying dead in the dirt, who the good people of Daughtrey saw fit to elect as their sheriff, who went by the name of Bill Sharp, is actually a wanted outlaw by the name of Willard Peck, with a price on his head of 200 dollars. Now, that's 200 dollars, dead or alive.
Marshall Gill Tatum
The hell you say!
Dr. King Schultz
I'm aware this is probably disconcerting news. But I'm willing to wager this man was elected sheriff sometime in the last 2 years. I know this because 3 years ago, he was rustling cattle from the B.C. Corrigan Cattle Company of Lubbock, Texas. Now this is a warrant, made out by circuit court Judge Henry Allen Laudermilk of Austin Texas. You're encouraged to wire him. He'll back up who I am, and who your dear departed sheriff was. In other words Marshall, you owe me 200 dollars.
Django
I'll be damned.