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Dennis Hopper

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With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s television series, including Medic, Cheyenne and Sugarfoot. His first film role was in Johnny Guitar, which was quickly followed by roles in Rebel Without a Cause, Giant and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. Hopper actually became good friends with James Dean and was shattered when Dean was killed in a car crash on September 30, 1955.Hopper portrayed a young Napoléon Bonaparte (!) in the star-spangled The Story of Mankind and regularly appeared on screen throughout the 1960s, often in rather undemanding parts, usually as a villain in westerns such as True Grit and Hang 'Em High. However, in early 1969, Hopper, fellow actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern, wrote a counterculture road movie script and managed to scrape together $400,000 in financial backing. Hopper directed the low-budget film, titled Easy Rider, starring Fonda, Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson. The film was a phenomenal box-office success, appealing to the anti-establishment youth culture of the times. It changed the Hollywood landscape almost overnight and major studios all jumped onto the anti-establishment bandwagon, pumping out low-budget films about rebellious hippies, bikers, draft dodgers and pot smokers. However, Hopper's next directorial effort, The Last Movie, was a critical and financial failure, and he has admitted that during the 1970s he was seriously abusing various substances, both legal and illegal, which led to a downturn in the quality of his work. He appeared in a sparse collection of European-produced films over the next eight years, before cropping up in a memorable performance as a pot-smoking photographer alongside Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now. He also received acclaim for his work in both acting and direction for Out of the Blue.With these two notable efforts, the beginning of the 1980s saw a renaissance of interest by Hollywood in the talents of Dennis Hopper and exorcising the demons of drugs and alcohol via a rehabilitation program meant a return to invigorating and provoking performances. He was superb in Rumble Fish, co-starred in the tepid spy thriller The Osterman Weekend, played a groovy school teacher in My Science Project, was a despicable and deranged drug dealer in River's Edge and, most memorably, electrified audiences as foul-mouthed Frank Booth in the eerie and erotic David Lynch film Blue Velvet. Interestingly, the offbeat Hopper was selected in the early 1980s to provide the voice of "The StoryTeller" in the animated series of "Rabbit Ears" children's films based upon the works of Hans Christian Andersen!Hopper returned to film direction in the late 1980s and was at the helm of the controversial gang film Colors, which was well received by both critics and audiences. He was back in front of the cameras for roles in Super Mario Bros., got on the wrong side of gangster Christopher Walken in True Romance, led police officer Keanu Reeves and bus passenger Sandra Bullock on a deadly ride in Speed and challenged gill-man Kevin Costner for world supremacy in Waterworld. The enigmatic Hopper has continued to remain busy through the 1990s and into the new century with performances in The Night We Called It a Day, The Keeper and Land of the Dead.As well as his acting/directing talents, Hopper was a skilled photographer and painter, having had his works displayed in galleries in both the United States and overseas. He was additionally a dedicated and knowledgeable collector of modern art and has one of the most extensive collections in the United States. Dennis Hopper died of prostate cancer on May 29, 2010, less than two weeks after his 74th birthday.  See full bio on IMDb »

Dennis Hopper Dies

Dennis Hopper Dies

Dennis Hopper died at his home in Venice, CA today. He was 74. We're told his family was by his side when he passed. Hopper had recently been suffering from prostate cancer and going through a… READ MORE >

Peter Fonda: I Was 'Blessed' to Know Dennis Hopper

Peter Fonda: I Was 'Blessed' to Know Dennis Hopper

Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper's close friend and "Easy Rider" co-star, gave TMZ this statement on Hopper's passing:"Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and 'lost' films. We rode the highways… READ MORE >

- 2342 days ago
Dennis Hopper's Wife -- He's Not That Sick

Dennis Hopper's Wife -- He's Not That Sick

Dennis Hopper's estranged wife filed legal docs, claiming the actor is not as infirmed as he claims to be. Victoria Hopper's lawyer, Mirka Royston from Trope and Trope, argues that Dennis is not… READ MORE >

- 2359 days ago
Dennis Hopper -- Life Is Expensive

Dennis Hopper
Life Is Expensive

It cost $26,000 a month to keep Dennis Hopper alive.During a court hearing today in his mega-bitter divorce case, Hopper's lawyers explained how the cash-strapped actor was spending a fortune each… READ MORE >

- 2396 days ago
Dennis Hopper: I'm Sick, I'm Broke

Dennis Hopper
I'm Sick, I'm Broke

Dennis Hopper is extremely ill from his battle with cancer -- he weighs a little over 100 pounds and is nearly broke, according to new court documents obtained by TMZ.The docs, filed by celebrity… READ MORE >

- 2409 days ago
Hopper Divorce -- Here Comes Peter Cottontail ...

Hopper Divorce
Here Comes Peter Cottontail ...

Dennis Hopper's divorce is epic nasty ... and now we've learned Dennis' lawyer has pulled out his most potent weapon -- a chocolate bunny rabbit.We've learned Victoria Hopper's lawyer, Sorrell… READ MORE >

- 2422 days ago
Dennis Hopper's Wife: I'm Taking My Toothbrush!

Dennis Hopper's Wife
I'm Taking My Toothbrush!

Dennis Hopper's wife swiped a whole junkyard worth of crap out of the actor's home since their epic divorce saga began -- this according to hilarious divorce docs filed today in L.A. Superior… READ MORE >

- 2423 days ago
Dennis Hopper's Wife Won't Move Out!

Dennis Hopper's Wife Won't Move Out!

The Dennis Hopper divorce was back in court today, and it's apparent Victoria Hopper, Dennis' estranged wife, will not leave her home without a fight.According to court docs, Victoria must leave… READ MORE >

- 2423 days ago
TMZ Camera Bandit Suspect -- Arrested on Tape!

TMZ Camera Bandit Suspect -- Arrested on Tape!

Justice!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!It all went down at L.A. County Superior Court yesterday, when our cameraman was trying to shoot Kid Rock -- and noticed the suspect walking around the very… READ MORE >

- 2429 days ago
TMZ Gets Jacked -- Camera Thief Busted on Tape

TMZ Gets Jacked -- Camera Thief Busted on Tape

This footage is frickin' insane!!!Some dude with a pair of brass cojones pulled a classic snatch-and-grab on a TMZ camera Thursday -- and it all went down right in front of an L.A.… READ MORE >

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