In the middle of the six-year Dukes of Hazzard run, Warner Bros replaced its lead stars John Schneider and Tom Wopat only to reverse the decision one season later. And the reason the studio gave the classic TV actors the boot isn’t surprising. As usual, it was all about money.
“Dukes of Hazzard” was an iconic show for its time. The show was a major hit for its era for a multitude of reasons. A number of stars came out of the program, one of which was Tom Wopat. You may remember his acting in the show, but you might know about his other talent, which is music. Indeed, “Dukes of Hazzard” star Tom Wopat opened up about his musical career recently.
Everyone has that friend they know they can call to bail them out of jail. But a lucky few of us have that friend who’ll be there in the cell next to us. For John Schneider, it’s his TV brother Tom Wopat. The Dukes of Hazzard bros have been best friends since they first met nearly 50 years ago.
Dukes of Hazzard star Tom Wopat’s first impression of LA was that the city was less like the City of Angels and more like the pits of hell. As the Luke Duke actor shared in a 2013 interview, when he headed out to California for his Dukes of Hazzard screen test, there were “fires burning everywhere” and the threat created an ominous feeling.
Tom Wopat had a headache for weeks after fighting the father of one of the best boxers on the planet for an episode of The Dukes of Hazzard. The Luke Duke actor said Sonny Shields didn’t pull his punches during filming, leaving him with some serious damage. Wopat and...
‘Dukes of Hazzard’: John Schneider Reveals What His Current Relationship With Tom Wopat, Catherine Bach Is Like
The world of “Dukes of Hazzard” was full of colorful characters. You had Boss Hogg, Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane, Cooter Davenport, Deputy Enos Strate, and, of course, Uncle Jesse Duke, just to name a few. But the center of that world were cousins Bo Duke, Luke Duke, and Daisy Duke....
In the tale of two cousins and weekly handfuls of trouble, half of that duo comes from Tom Wopat, known as Lucas “Luke” Duke, tall, dark, mature, and an excellent planner. For six years, viewers watched him use reason against his cousin’s impulsiveness in Hazzard County, and celebrate the series to this date. But what did Wopat get up to in the rest of his career in Georgia?