Born: September 9, 1951
Birthplace: Lodi, Wisconsin, United States
Thomas Steven Wopat (born September 9, 1951) is an American actor and singer. He first achieved fame as Lucas K. "Luke" Duke on the long-running television action/comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard. Since then, Wopat has worked regularly, most often on the stage in musicals and in supporting television and movie roles. He was a semi-regular guest on the 1990s comedy series Cybill, and had a small role as U.S. Marshal Gil Tatum in Django Unchained (2012). Wopat also has a recurring role as Sheriff Jim Wilkins on the television series Longmire. Additionally, Wopat has recorded several albums of country songs and pop standards, scoring a series of moderately successful singles in the 1980s and 1990s.
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). His father, a devout Roman Catholic, who raised his children in that faith, was a dairy farmer of Czech descent.
Wopat attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and made his television debut on One Life to Live. He achieved television fame on 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 two most recent albums have been of classic pop standards. His 1980s albums were on EMI Nashville. 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.
In 1981, he played the main character, Billy Bigelow in the musical Carousel, at the Augusta Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan. 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.
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.
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. He received his second Tony nomination for that performance.
In July 2009, he originated the role of Frank Abagnale Sr. in the musical Catch Me If You Can (based on the film of the same name) in July and August 2009 at Seattle's 5th Avenue Theatre.
He 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. He portrayed Ryan Hutton in the musical Lovestruck.
Wopat is currently married to Kirsten S. Larvick, a filmmaker and audiovisual archivist.
Wopat was arrested on August 2, 2017 on indecent assault and battery (felony) and drug (misdemeanor) charges in Waltham, Massachusetts, where he was about to open in a production of 42nd Street at Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston. The Boston Globe reported "According to a Waltham police report, Wopat allegedly assaulted the woman during a rehearsal at the high school on July 23. The accuser said he came up behind her and grabbed her buttocks and continued touching her in that area. The show's producer and manager had previously spoken to Wopat regarding complaints from other female cast members about inappropriate comments and touching, the report said. The artistic director told police he had spoken with Wopat three times, and the actor was also reprimanded for being intoxicated at rehearsal, authorities said." During his arrest by Waltham police on August 2, 2017, a search of him and his vehicle under warrant revealed "two bags of white powder believed to be cocaine." According to court documents, Wopat told police that he buys cocaine "in large quantities and uses it over time". Wopat pleaded not guilty at his arraignment on August 3, 2017, and was released on bail.
|1979-85||The Dukes of Hazzard||Luke Duke||128 episodes|
|1980||Fantasy Island||David Chilton||Episode: "Flying Aces/The Mermaid Returns"|
|1983||The Dukes||Luke Duke (voice)||7 episodes|
|1984||Story, Songs and Stars||Television movie|
|1984||Burning Rage||Tom Silver||Television movie|
|1987||Christmas Comes to Willow Creek||Pete||Television movie|
|1988||Blue Skies||Frank Cobb||8 episodes|
|1989-1995||A Peaceable Kingdom||Dr. Jed McFadden||12 episodes|
|1992||Just My Imagination||Bobby Rex||Television movie|
|1995-1998||Cybill||Jeff Robbins||22 episodes
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)
|1996||Murder, She Wrote||Bill Dawson||Episode: "Kendo Killing"|
|1997||Crisis Center||Chuck Goodman||Episode: "Someone to Watch Over Me"|
|1997||The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!||Luke Duke||Television movie|
|1997-1998||Home Improvement||Ian||2 episodes|
|1998||Meteorites!||Tom Johnson||Television movie|
|1999||The Dukes of Hazzard: Racing for Home||Luke Duke||Video game|
|2000||The Dukes of Hazzard: Hazzard in Hollywood||Luke Duke||Television movie|
|2001||100 Centre Street||Hanley Rand||Episode: "Lost Causes"|
|2001-02||All My Children||Hank Pelham||Unknown episodes|
|2004||The Dukes of Hazzard: Return of the General Lee||Luke Duke||Video game|
|2005||Smallville||Senator Jack Jennings||Episode: "Exposed"|
|2006||Standoff||Rick Keeslar||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2007||Manhunt 2||The Bloodhounds||Video game|
|2007||The History of Wisconsin Football||(voice)||Video|
|2008||The Hive||Bill||Television movie|
|2008||The Understudy||Detective Jones|
|2009||Taking Chance||John Phelps||Television movie|
|2010||Jonah Hex||Colonel Slocum|
|2010-11||Phineas and Ferb||Wilkins Brother No. 2 (voice)||2 episodes|
|2012||Django Unchained||U. S. Marshall Gill Tatum|
|2012-17||Longmire||Sheriff Jim Wilkins||6 episodes|
|2013||Lovestruck: The Musical||Ryan Hutton||Television movie|
|2015||Lost Cat Corona||Jimmy Pipes|
|2016||Fair Haven||Richard Grant|
|1981||The Dukes of Hazzard (soundtrack)||Volcano|
|1987||A Little Bit Closer||EMI America|
|1988||Don't Look Back||Capitol|
|1991||Learning to Love||Epic|
|2000||The Still of the Night||Angel|
|2005||Tom Wopat Sings Harold Arlen: Dissertation on the State of Bliss||Big Deal|
|2009||Consider it Swung||LML|
|2013||I've Got Your Number||LML|
|2014||Home for Christmas (with John Schneider)||Distribution 13|
|US Country||CAN Country|
|1982||"Full Moon, Empty Pockets"||—||—||Tom Wopat|
|1983||"(Till) I Kissed You"||—||—|
|1986||"True Love (Never Did Run Smooth)"||39||—||A Little Bit Closer|
|"I Won't Let You Down"||44||—|
|"The Rock and Roll of Love"||16||14|
|1987||"Put Me Out of My Misery"||28||25|
|1988||"A Little Bit Closer"||18||—|
|"Hey Little Sister"||40||—||Don't Look Back|
|"Not Enough Love"||29||—|
|1991||"Too Many Honky Tonks (On My Way Home)"||46||46||Learning to Love|
|"Back to the Well"||51||54|
|"—" denotes releases that did not chart|