Sunday, May 30, 2010

RIP Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)

Dennis Hopper, 74, died today of prostate cancer. He died at his home, surrounded by his family.

Hopper began his career in 1955 aged 19 in the James Dean  teenage rebellion film Rebel Without a Cause, however he didn't come to major attention intil 1969 for his role as Billy in Easy Rider.  He also wrote and directed the movie, a story of two drug-dealing bikers travelling through the American Deep South.  The movie also starred Peter Fonda as the other biker, known as Captain America from the emblem on his helmet and motorcycle, and introduced Jack Nicholson.

He also starred in Apocalypse Now, Rumblefish and Speed and his last major feature film appearanc e was in 2008 when he starred in Elegy alongside Sir Ben Kingsley, Penelope Cruz and Debbie Harry.

Hopper was awarded a Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in March this year and apperaed frail when he atended for the unveiling.  At his death he was also involved in Family Law custody procedings with his fifth wife.

Click on the following for some Dennis Hopper Easy Rider memories:

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