Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper Dead At 74

Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He was 74.

Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, family friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper's manager announced in October 2009 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer.

The success of "Easy Rider," and the spectacular failure of his next film, "The Last Movie," fit the pattern for the talented but sometimes uncontrollable actor-director, who also had parts in such favorites as "Apocalypse Now" and "Hoosiers." He was a two-time Academy Award nominee, and in March 2010, was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

After a promising start that included roles in two James Dean films, Hopper's acting career had languished as he developed a reputation for throwing tantrums and abusing alcohol and drugs. On the set of "True Grit," Hopper so angered John Wayne that the star reportedly chased Hopper with a loaded gun.

-LTB, via

1 comment:

  1., I miss the guy something awful. He was, by the way, a reformed liberal. Didn't quite take a shine to Reagan, but soon after saw the value of limiting government in our lives (cf. your subsequent post with excerpt from Johnny Dangerously) and realized -- like so many liberals -- that it is what they are *really* after and that the left is a big shoe-sucker.

    Supported Bush in 2004 and regularly contributed to the Republican Party. But curiously, he voted for Obama because he disliked the selection of Palin as VP candidate.

    ..typical Hopper: had a mind of his own. I respect him much more than I do that tool Sean "I have terminal stomach cramps" Penn..

    ..who can die and go to hell with a h@rd-on as far as I am concerned.

    (Figuratively speaking, of course.)