Paul Drake on the Perry Mason TV series was played by actor William Dewolf Hopper son of Hollywood gossip columnist Hedda Hopper. As the legman for Perry Mason, Paul Drake gets into his share of fights...and in one episode nearly died after being poisoned. At least twice Drake saves Mason from being shot and killed by gun-carrying suspects who are later exposed as being guilty...

A running gag is that Paul Drake usually dates Masons single female clients; the only woman he never dates is Della Street; he is very respectful toward her and teases her with the remark: "Hi beautiful."

When the Perry Mason series was redone as TV Movies as William Hopper had passed away, the part of Paul Drake [Jr] was played by actor William Katt; ironically William Katt is the real life son of Barbara Hale who played Della Street in the original series!