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Luke from ‘The Dukes of Hazzard’ Turns 72: He Hoped to Restore ‘Good Name’ after Investigations Started Music Career

John Schneider, Catherine Bach and Tom Wopat | Source: Getty Images | Instagram.com/tomwopatofficial

  • Television star Tom Wopat recently turned 72!
  • Although he has a steady acting career, Wopat has faced trouble with the law over the years.
  • He is now focused on his music career while juggling acting.

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Veteran star Tom Wopat is a household name in Hollywood. However, his acting and music careers have been marred with run-ins with the law on several occasions.

Wopat is best known for portraying the role of Luke Duke in the long-running television action 1980s series, “The Dukes of Hazzard,” which aired for seven seasons.

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However, several years after the show ended, the actor had trouble with the law. In August 2017, the Wisconsin native was arrested for assault and battery in Massachusetts.

He pleaded not guilty to inappropriately touching a woman he was set to co-star with on a local production called “42nd Street.” Police officers also revealed they found what they believed was cocaine in his possession at the time of the arrest.

John Schneider pictured as Bo Duke, Catherine Bach as Daisy Duke, Tom Wopat as Luke Duke in the sitcom “The Duke of Hazzards” on January1, 1982 in Los Angeles | Source: Getty Images

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Still, Wopat remained adamant that he did nothing wrong and expressed hope that his “Good name” would be cleared following his team’s investigation of the allegation. He made $1,000 bail then.

The following year, in July 2018, Wopat found himself in the same situation yet again when he pleaded guilty to touching two women inappropriately in the cast of a musical in Massachusetts and was sentenced to a year of probation.

Wopat Turned 72 – Inside His Life as a Musician

Born in 1951, Wopat turned 72 on September 9, 2023, and fans got to pay tribute to him on Facebook under his profile with the caption that read, “It’s Tom’s birthday today!! Leave a message or ‘Make a Wish’ below!” alongside photos of the star. The same social upload was reposted on his Instagram account with over 29,000 followers.

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A social media user comments on Tom Wopat’s post | Source: Facebook/TomWopat

A social media user comments on Tom Wopat’s post | Source: Facebook/TomWopat

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A social media user comments on Tom Wopat’s post | Source: Facebook/TomWopat

The singer sported a black tank top with a matching cap and brown trousers in the social upload. Wopat was pictured smiling among a group of people.

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Facebook users commented on the post and expressed that they were impressed with how he looks for his age. “Still looking good, Tom,” said one person. Another wrote, “Looking good, buddy,” while a third stated, “Looking grrreat!”

Tom Wopat attends the 2023 Las Vegas Diecast Super Convention and Toy Show at Ahern Hotel and Convention Center on March 4, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Source: Getty Images

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The television star remains a fixture onscreen and has accomplished much in his music career. In March 2023, Wopat released a new album called “Simple Man.”

The singer has recorded many albums, including a 2014 Christmas album with his dear friend and co-star, John Schneider, who played his cousin on the show and whose daughter Karis followed in his acting footsteps.

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In February 2023, Wopat supported Schneider after losing his wife, Alicia. He posted a photo of the couple with Schneider playing the guitar as his spouse watched.

“My thoughts and prayers are with him.[…] Alicia was a force in his life and career, and she will be missed….” the Tony Award nominee wrote.

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