Saturday, May 29, 2010

RIP Dennis Hopper


Actor Dennis Hopper has succumbed to his battle with prostate cancer at the age 74. According to TV station KTLA in Los Angeles, the actor died at his Venice, California home early Saturday morning, May 29. He was surrounded by family and friends.

Born Dennis Lee Hopper on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, Hopper is best known for writing, directing and starring in "Easy Rider" and for his roles in "Blue Velvet" and "Hoosiers." He received Oscar nominations for Best Screenplay for "Easy Rider" and Best Supporting Actor for "Hoosiers." He was most recently starring in the TV series "Crash" for Starz. Hopper's last public appearance was when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame back in March 2010.

Hopper made twenty-three westerns over his 40 year career and among them were two Euro-westerns “Straight to Hell” in 1986 and “Blood Red” in 1988.

4 comments:

  1. Biltmore: Also the Last Movie. Shot in Peru!

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  2. He had three SW icos in THE LAST MOVIE, Rod Cameron, John Phillip Law and Tomas Milian. That movie, an experimental surreal westerns, needs to have a quality DVD release! He was also in TRUE GRIT with John Wayne, reportedly the Duke became so enraged with his antics that he went after him with a loaded gun at one point. He certainly was an iconoclastic personality and will be missed.

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  3. He also played the insane 'Prophet' in Clint's "Hang 'Em High". This scene is usually cut out of TV showings. Like I said he did it his way.

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  4. I'm gonna watch HANG EM HIGH on the CE birthday TCM on Mon. I hope that scene is in there.

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