Harold Hankins Hopper
July 29, 1907
Guthrie, Oklahoma, U.S.
|Died||December 17, 1988 (aged 81)|
San Clemente, California, U.S.
(m. 1938; div. 1943)
Harold Hankins Hopper (July 29, 1907 – December 17, 1988), known professionally as Jerry Hopper, was an American film and television director, active from the mid-1940s through the early 1970s.
He was an editor at Paramount Pictures before moving to the directors' chair for several installments of their Musical Parade series (1946–48). Hopper went on to direct feature films, such as, The Atomic City (1952), Pony Express (1953), Secret of the Incas (1954), and The Private War of Major Benson (1955), the latter three with actor Charlton Heston. In 1958 he directed Brandon De Wilde and Lee Marvin in The Missouri Traveler.
He then moved primarily into episodic television, having appeared in Colt .45, Bachelor Father, Wagon Train, Gunsmoke, The Addams Family, Burke's Law, Perry Mason, The Fugitive, Gilligan's Island, and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, among many others.
married Jerry Hopper (editor, then director), in 1938 (divorced 1943)
Hunt was at a personal and professional peak in 1946. After divorcing her first husband, Paramount editor Jerry Hopper, she had remarried. She and Presnell were expecting their first child in the spring of 1947.