74 (passed away May. 29th, 2010)
May. 17th, 1936
Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Dennis Hopper's Main TV Roles
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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.
- (October 1997) Ranked #87 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list.
- Is portrayed by 'Jarrod Dean' (qv) in _The Mystery of Natalie Wood (2004) (TV)_ (qv).
- (14 March 1997) Reported that 'Rip Torn' (qv) has won a $475,000 defamation suit against Hopper. Lawsuit came about after remarks made by Hopper on _"The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (1992)_ (qv) on 31 May 1994.
- 1 September 2000 - A Canadian judge dismissed marijuana charges against Hopper stemming from an October 1999 arrest in Calgary.
- Graduate of Helix High School, La Mesa, California. Class of 1954, which voted him "Most Likely To Succeed."
- Belongs to the Top 100 collectors of modern art.
- 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.
- Father of 'Ruthanna Hopper' (qv) with 'Daria Halprin' (qv).