74 (passed away May. 29th, 2010)
May. 17th, 1936
Dodge City, Kansas, USA
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Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors' Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). During the next 10 years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.
He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer. "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight middle-class hypocrisies, Easy Rider became the cinematic symbol of the 1960s, a celluloid anthem to freedom, macho bravado and anti-establishment rebellion." Film critic Matthew Hays notes that "no other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper."
He was unable to build on his success for several years, until a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979) brought him attention. He subsequently appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983), and received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He directed Colors (1988) and played the villain in Speed (1994). Hopper's later work included a leading role in the television series Crash. Hopper's last performance was filmed just before his death: The Last Film Festival, slated for a 2011 release.
Hopper was also a prolific and acclaimed photographer, a profession he began in the 1960s.
- His 1970 marriage to 'Michelle Phillips (I)' (qv) lasted just a few days, during his wild and woolly, drug-fueled period. She also appears briefly in _The Last Movie (1971)_ (qv), Hopper's almost-disastrously appropriately entitled solo directorial effort, following _Easy Rider (1969)_ (qv). At one point in this era, Hopper was arrested after he was found raving, naked. After early success as a child star in theater, his movie career was practically stillborn when 'Louis B. Mayer' (qv) banned him from the MGM lot after Hopper responded forcefully, in kind, when the mogul belittled his desire to play Shakespearen roles.
- 1 September 2000 - A Canadian judge dismissed marijuana charges against Hopper stemming from an October 1999 arrest in Calgary.
- Is portrayed by 'Jarrod Dean' (qv) in _The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) (TV)_ (qv).
- Hopper is quoted in the book "'Marilyn Beck' (qv)'s Hollywood" (1973) as saying that the Manson Massacre of 'Sharon Tate (I)' (qv) and friends was the backlash from a sex and drugs party the week previously, in which a drug dealer was tied up and whipped before a crowd for selling "bad dope" to the residents of 10050 Cielo Drive. As can be seen by 'Rip Torn' (qv)'s success in prosecuting a defamation suit against Hopper in the 1990s, he is not the most reliable witness to history.
- Was due to appear in the Doctor Who 2007 Christmas Special, Voyage of the Damned, guest starring along with 'Kylie Minogue' (qv). However, Hopper wasn't available for long enough, so the part had to be recast. 'Clive Swift' (qv) eventually took on Hopper's intended role, Mr Copper.
- Provided the narration for the 'Gorillaz' (qv) song "Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head".
- In _The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)_ (qv), he says "Boys, boys, boys." when he first meets Leatherface and the Sawyer family. Hopper says the exact same thing when he first meets the heroes in _Super Mario Bros. (1993)_ (qv).
- His house in Venice Beach, Los Angeles, is a radical architectural statement.