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Also Known As: William Joshua Hopkins Died:
Born: September 12, 1970 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lexington, Kentucky, USA Profession: actor

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A talented actor with leading man good looks, Josh Hopkins played one of Demi Moore's fellow Navy SEALs in "G.I. Jane" (1997) and joined the cast of "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98) for its final season. He proved he could tackle action in the George Clooney disaster film "The Perfect Storm" (2000) and comedy in the indie "Love & Sex" (2000), but made his biggest mark on television. He romanced Calista Flockhart on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) in the show's final season, took over the Russell Crowe role in the TV adaptation of "L.A. Confidential" (FOX, 2003), and booked long-running turns on "Pepper Dennis" (The WB, 2006), "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and "Swingtown" (CBS, 2008). He broke out as the outwardly gorgeous but inwardly goofy neighbor-turned-boyfriend to Courteney Cox on "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009-12; TBS, 2013-15), winning over critics and audiences alike. He capitalized by headlining the Kristin Chenoweth holiday beefcake confection "12 Men of Christmas" (Lifetime, 2009) as well as the bittersweet indie "Lebanon, Pa." (2010). A low-key, quirky comedic heavy hitter, Josh Hopkins possessed movie star aura but even more impressively, a go-for-broke dedication to any role he...

A talented actor with leading man good looks, Josh Hopkins played one of Demi Moore's fellow Navy SEALs in "G.I. Jane" (1997) and joined the cast of "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98) for its final season. He proved he could tackle action in the George Clooney disaster film "The Perfect Storm" (2000) and comedy in the indie "Love & Sex" (2000), but made his biggest mark on television. He romanced Calista Flockhart on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) in the show's final season, took over the Russell Crowe role in the TV adaptation of "L.A. Confidential" (FOX, 2003), and booked long-running turns on "Pepper Dennis" (The WB, 2006), "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and "Swingtown" (CBS, 2008). He broke out as the outwardly gorgeous but inwardly goofy neighbor-turned-boyfriend to Courteney Cox on "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009-12; TBS, 2013-15), winning over critics and audiences alike. He capitalized by headlining the Kristin Chenoweth holiday beefcake confection "12 Men of Christmas" (Lifetime, 2009) as well as the bittersweet indie "Lebanon, Pa." (2010). A low-key, quirky comedic heavy hitter, Josh Hopkins possessed movie star aura but even more impressively, a go-for-broke dedication to any role he played whether on the big or small screen.

Born Sept. 12, 1970 in Lexington, KY, William Joshua Hopkins was the son of a former Republican Congressman who later ran unsuccessfully for governor of the state. Always active in theater, he graduated from Auburn University and debuted as the Broadway understudy for Kyle Chandler in a 1994 revival of "Picnic." He appeared on an episode of "Law & Order" (NBC, 1990-2010) but made a bigger impression as one of the Navy SEALs in training alongside Demi Moore in Ridley Scott's "G.I. Jane" (1997). The following year, he joined the cast of "New York Undercover" (Fox, 1994-98) as a new detective, but the show ended before he could make much of an impression. Following a turn as a college football player accused of harassment in "Silencing Mary" (NBC, 1998), Hopkins portrayed Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in the heavily buzzed-about "Pirates of Silicon Valley" (TNT, 1999), as well as appeared in the Alanis Morissette music video as one of the recipients of her letters "Unsent."

The actor then scored a recurring role as a newscaster vying for Amanda Peet's affections on the sitcom "Jack & Jill" (The WB, 1999-2001) and filmed juicy roles in two films. First, he played a helicopter rescuer in the George Clooney/Mark Wahlberg real-life disaster film "The Perfect Storm" (2000) and showed off his considerable comic chops as a goodhearted but self-absorbed actor who frustrates a lovelorn journalist (Famke Janssen) in the delightful indie romantic comedy "Love & Sex" (2000). His rising profile earned the actor his own showcase: the short-lived detective series "Fling" (Fox, 2001) which was cancelled relatively quickly. A consolation prize arrived in the form of a recurring bit on "Ally McBeal" (Fox, 1997-2002) for its final season, in which he as portrayed attorney Raymond Millbury, a potential love interest for the titular lawyer.

Hopkins collected a pair of guest spots on "Without a Trace" (CBS, 2002-09) before slipping into the role Russell Crowe made famous in the TV adaptation of "L.A. Confidential" (Fox, 2003), but the project never made it to series. He recurred on the soapy "North Shore" (Fox, 2004-05) and the first season of the crime procedural "Cold Case" (CBS, 2003-2010) before guesting as a former flame of Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel) on "Bones" (FOX, 2005- ). Again revealing his knack for comedy and willingness to send up his leading man good looks, Hopkins charmed as a womanizing news anchor on the Rebecca Romijn sitcom "Pepper Dennis" (The WB, 2006) and played it more serious as a man with a mysterious connection to the missing woman at the center of "Vanished" (Fox, 2006). He recurred on "Brothers & Sisters" (ABC, 2006-2011) and then landed one of the starring roles as a straitlaced family man flummoxed by the sexual revolution in the scandalous, 1970s-set "Swingtown" (CBS, 2008).

Very much in demand, the actor recurred on both "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 2002-12) and "Private Practice" (ABC, 2007-13), but landed a long-term starring role on the Bill Lawrence sitcom "Cougar Town" (ABC, 2009-12; TBS, 2013-15). As Grayson Ellis, a local bar owner and newly divorced man, Hopkins mixed comedy with romantic drama as his character pined after Jules Cobb (Courteney Cox) before eventually winning her heart. Although the show started off on uneven footing, it quickly reinvented itself as an incredibly charming depiction of adult friendship, winning over a slew of critics and fans. Buoyed by his stardom bump as one of the show's "Cul-de-Sac Crew," Hopkins filmed the Kristin Chenoweth-powered "12 Men of Christmas" (Lifetime, 2009), a holiday confection most memorable for the ample beefcake on display, most notably an oft-shirtless Hopkins. Despite his network success, the actor still found time to star in the indie "Lebanon, Pa." (2010) as a man reconnecting with his past after he returns to his hometown to bury his father.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Only the Brave (2017)
2.
 Kelly & Cal (2014)
3.
 Northpole (2014)
4.
 Get On Up (2014)
5.
 Lebanon, Pa. (2010)
6.
7.
8.
 Insatiable, The (2007)
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10.
 Love and Sex (2000)
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Milestones close milestones

1994:
Feature acting debut "Parallel Sons" (released in 1996)
2009:
Had a recurring role as Dr. Noah Barnes in ABC's "Private Practice"
2000:
Played an egotistical actor who falls for a journalist (played by Famke Janssen) in the romantic comedy, "Love & Sex"
2006:
Played news anchor Charlie Babcock on the short lived WB series, "Pepper Dennis"
1999:
Portrayed Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen in the TNT original movie, "Pirates of Silicon Valley"
2006:
Re-teamed with former "Ally McBeal" co-star Calista Flockhart when he had a recurring role on "Brothers & Sisters"
1996:
Appeared in the Off-Broadway play, "The Red Address"
1997:
Hosted the four-part TV series "Street Smarts" for Kentucky Educational Television
2008:
Joined an ensemble cast for the short-lived CBS drama, "Swingtown"
1994:
Made his Broadway debut as an understudy for Kyle Chandler in the revival of "Picnic"
1999:
Played the recurring role of Matt Prophet, a co-worker and potential love interest for Amanda Peet's Jacqueline Barrett, on "Jack & Jill" (WB)
2001:
Cast in the short-lived FOX series, "Fling"
2009:
Cast as Grayson in the ABC comedy, "Cougar Town"
1997:
Had a featured role as one of the recruits alongside Demi Moore in "G.I. Jane"
2000:
Had a featured role in "The Perfect Storm"
2006:
Had a recurring role as Peter Manning on the short-lived FOX drama, "Vanished"
2003:
Had a recurring role on the CBS series "Cold Case" as Assistant District Attorney Jason Kite
2001:
Joined the cast of the FOX series "Ally McBeal" as Raymond Millbury, an attorney and potential love interest for the title character
1998:
Joined the cast of the FOX series "New York Undercover" as Detective Alec Stone
1998:
Played a college football quarterback accused of harrassing a co-ed in the NBC movie, "Silencing Mary"
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Education

Sayre High School: Lexington, Kentucky -
Auburn University: Auburn, Alabama -
Actors Theatre of Louisville: Louisville, Kentucky -

Notes

In "The Perfect Storm", Hopkins played the best friend of the character played by Dash Mihok. In real life, the pair are buddies who met in NYC through their mutual manager.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Larry J Hopkins. Politician. Former Republican Congressman from Kentucky; served for seven terms; unsuccessfully ran for governor of Kentucky in 1991; retired from Congress in 1992.
sister:
Shae Hopkins. Older.
sister:
Tara Hopkins. Older.

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