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Dennis Hopper Rushed to Hospital

9/30/2009 4:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dennis Hopper Dennis Hopper was rushed to the hospital today by ambulance in New York City.

His rep said he's being examined for flu-like symptoms.

No word on his condition.

Flu Season


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Just sayin'    

Dennis is the man!!!!!!! Get well!

1852 days ago

doc murry    

who cares....

1852 days ago


E Online reported he was rushed in with an oxygen mask and tubes. Sounds like he's a goner.....Bye Bye Easy Rider....

1852 days ago


Dennis is the coolest dude ever. I only hope to be so cool when I get his age. ALSO, KANYE WEST, KEEP YOUR HEAD UP. WE ALL MAKE MISTAKES. I AM BUYING KANYE'S NEXT CD.

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Hope the best for him! Get well soon.

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Hang in there Dennis. Love you!

(BTW, TMZ, ET and FOX beat you to this. You're slipping. Too busy with the stupid crotch shots?)

1852 days ago


Hang in there Brother , Get well soon :)

1852 days ago

Just sayin'    

Dennis would punch kanye in the face, were they ever to met.
Dennis doesn't like douche bags.
We're pulling for you Dennis!!!!

1852 days ago


Perhaps he has swine flu... did he go to Khloe's wedding? Oink!

1852 days ago


Dont take any flu shot or any vaccine unless you dont mind only being able to move your eyeballs or sudden death. Go to INFOWARS.COM

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Dennis Lee Hopper (born May 17, 1936) is an American actor, filmmaker and artist. Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films also featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten 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 of the film's script.

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 he also portrayed Bowser in the film version of Super Mario Bros. and in 1994 was cast as the villain in Speed. According to the Oracle of Bacon, Dennis Hopper currently holds the record for the lowest average number of steps between the largest number of people, otherwise known as "Center of the Hollywood Universe."[1] Hopper's more recent work includes a leading role in the television series Crash.

Contents [hide]
1 Early life
2 Film career
3 Television work
4 Personal life
5 Collaborations
6 Filmography
7 Awards
8 References
9 External links

[edit] Early life
Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Marjorie Mae (née Davis) and Jay Millard Hopper.[2] After the end of World War II, the family moved to Kansas City, Mo, where the young Hopper attended Saturday art classes at the Kansas City Art Institute taught by Thomas Hart Benton. At the age of 13, Hopper and his family moved to San Diego, where his mother worked as a lifeguard instructor and his father was a post office manager (Hopper has acknowledged, though, that his father was in the OSS, the precursor to the CIA).[3] Hopper was educated at Wooster School, Danbury, Connecticut and was voted most likely to succeed by his high school class (Helix High School, La Mesa, California, a suburb of San Diego). It was there he developed an interest in acting, studying at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego,[4] California and the Actors Studio in New York City (studied with Lee Strasberg for five years). Hopper struck up a friendship with actor Vincent Price, whose passion for art influenced Hopper's interest in art. He was especially fond of the plays of William Shakespeare.

[edit] Film career
Hopper debuted in an episode of the Richard Boone television series Medic in 1955, portraying a young epileptic. He was reported to have an uncredited role in Johnny Guitar in 1954 but he has stated that he was not even in Hollywood when this film was made.[5] Hopper was then cast in two roles with James Dean (whom he admired immensely) in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Dean's death in a 1955 car accident affected the young Hopper deeply and it was shortly afterwards that he got into a confrontation with veteran director Henry Hathaway on the film From Hell To Texas. Hopper refused directions for eighty takes over several days.

He appeared as an arrogant young gunfighter, the Utah Kid, in the 1956 episode "Quicksand" of the first hour-long television western television series, ABC's Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker. In the story line, the Kid gave Cheyenne Bodie no choice but to kill him in a gunfight.

Hopper eventually turned to photography. During this period he created the cover art for the Ike & Tina Turner album River Deep - Mountain High (released in 1966).[6]

In his book Last Train to Memphis, American popular music historian Peter Guralnick says that in 1956 when Elvis Presley was making his first film in Hollywood, Dennis Hopper was roommates with fellow actor Nick Adams and the three became friends and socialized together. Hopper moved to New York and studied at the famous Lee Strasberg acting school. He appeared in over 140 episodes of television shows such as Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Defenders, The Investigators, The Legend of Jesse James, The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel, The Rifleman[4] and Combat!. Hopper also became an accomplished professional photographer, and noted writer Terry Southern profiled Hopper in Home and Garden magazine as an up and coming photographer "to watch" in the mid 1950's. He also was very talented as a painter and a poet as well as being an enthusiastic collector of art, particularly Pop Art. One of the first art works Hopper owned was an early print of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans bought for $75.


1852 days ago

Whew, Dennis Hopper just missed 2009's Summer of Death!

1852 days ago

Just sayin'    

Great American. Great conservative!
Love ya Dennis!

1852 days ago


TMZ how about finding the list of 110 film industry people who signed a petition to free Roman Polanski.

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Hope he is OK. His performance as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet is insanely over the top. The scene with him and Chris Walken in True Romance is a classic.

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