Tom Wopat Biography
|Date of Birth:||1951 , September-9|
|Age:||70 years old|
|Birth Nation:||United States of America|
|Birth Name||Tom Wopat|
|Father||Albin Carl Wopat|
|Mother||Ruth Arlene Wopat|
|Net Worth||$2 million|
|Married to||Kirsten S. Larvick|
Tom Wopat is one of the most controversial Hollywood actors who is equally popular for his works and controversies. The actor cum singer Wopat first made his acting debut in One Life to Live in the late 1960s and is most popular for his appearance as Lucas K. "Luke" Duke on the acclaimed television action/comedy series The Dukes of Hazzard.
Early Life And Education Of Tom Wopat
Tom Wopat was born on 9th September 1951 in Lodi, Wisconsin, United States, under the birth sign Virgo. He is the son of Albin Carl Wopat (1919-1983) and Ruth Arlene Skarda Wopat (1920-1959). His father was of Czech ancestry, devout Roman Catholic and a dairy farmer.
He was raised on his parents' dairy farm with two brothers, Rick Wopat, and Dave Wopat, and sisters. Regarding his education, he studied music for two years from the University of Wisconsin-Madison but dropped out to start a rock band.
Tom Wopat's Career
Tom Wopat started his acting journey in 1968 in ABC popular TV series, One Life to Live starring Kristen Alderson, Susan Batten, Kale Browne, and others. But he got his major breakthrough in The Dukes of Hazzard in 1979.
In addition, his other popular works include Murder, She Wrote, The Dukes of Hazzard: Reunion!, Longmire, Delight in the Mountain, and Lovestruck: The Musical to name a few.
Similarly, Wopat first Broadway stage performance was as a replacement in the 1977 musical I Love My Wife, as Wally.
The actor played a pivotal role in the musical Carousel, at the Augusta Barn Theatre in Augusta, Michigan in 1981. He earned his first Tony nomination for his performance as Butler and second nomination for A Catered Affair.
In 2010, Wopat featured in the new musical revue Sondheim on Sondheim at the Roundabout Theatre's Studio 54 on March 2010 and closed on June 27.
Tom embarked his musical career in 1981 with soundtrack The Dukes of Hazzard. As of 2019, he has released eleven albums such as Tom Wopat Learning to Love, Tom Wopat Sings Harold Arlen: Dissertation on the State of Bliss, I've Got Your Number, and so on. Some of his popular singles include "Full Moon, Empty Pockets", "I Won't Let You Down", "Put Me Out of My Misery", and "Back to the Well".
Tom Wopat's Net Worth
Tom Wopat's estimated net worth is $2 million which he accumulated from his acting, and musical career, The average salary of a Broadway actor is $2,034 per week, but Tom is quite experienced in this field, so, he might earn more than the average figure.
The actor earns nearly $80k-$100k from his TV screen appearances. Similarly, he makes more than $200k from movies. Also, he is also a famous singer.
Apart from this, Wopat also earns from his brand endorsements and other public events. With a lavish earning, Tom lives a lavish life in his many houses and drive around in expensive cars.
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Tom Wopat's Personal Life
Tom Wopat aged 68 (2019) is happily married to his longtime girlfriend turned wife, Kirsten S. Larvick who is a filmmaker and audiovisual archivist by profession. The couple is together for a long time and shares a healthy relationship.
Previously, Wopat was married to Kathy Wopat, and the former pair shared five children: two daughters; Taylor Wopat, Lindsey Gary, and three sons; Joey Cobbs, Walker Wopat, Adam Wopat.
After the separation, he tied the knot to Vickie Allen in 1984 and divorced in 2000.
Controversy And Arrest
Back in August 2017, Tom Wopat was arrested for indecent assault and drugs charges in Waltham, Massachusetts where he was about to perform at Reagle Music Theater of Greater Boston. According to a Waltham police report, Tom allegedly assaulted a woman during the rehearsal in July as he inappropriately touches her buttocks.
The show's manager and producer also previously spoken with actor regarding several complaints from other female cast members about his inappropriate behavior. The artistic director added, he had spoken three times with Wopat but he denied being intoxicated at rehearsal.
Later, during his investigation, police found "two bags of white powder believed to be cocaine" under his car. As per court documents, Tom said, he buys large quantities of drugs and uses it over time.
On the next day of accusation, he was released on bail for pleaded not guilty at his arraignment. However, in July 2018, he was sentenced to one year of probation after pleading guilty to two counts of "annoying and accosting a person of the opposite sex."