Tuesday, June 1, 2010

So Long, Easy Rider...

He was one of America's most well known actors with an edge. Dennis Hopper died over the weekend after a battle with prostate cancer. His last public appearance was just a few weeks ago as he received his star for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. At his side, longtime friend and fellow actor, the legendary Jack Nicholson.
Dennis Hopper first hit it big starring alongside none other than James Dean in "Rebel Without A Cause," and "Giant" in the mid-1950s. He also co-starred with John Wayne in "The Sons of Katie Elder," and "True Grit."
He went on to direct and star in the 1969 classic "Easy Rider," with Nicholson and Peter Fonda. He was nominated for an Oscar as co-writer of that movie. Although he didn't win, "Easy Rider" did take home an award from the Cannes film festival that year.
Through the years, Dennis Hopper made a number of other movies, and frequently appeared on television shows. Some people may remember him as the psychotic Frank Booth in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet," or the Mad Bomber in "Speed."
He played a trippy photojournalist in Francis Ford Coppola's look at Vietnam in "Apocalypse Now" in 1979, and won praise for his work with Gene Hackman in the basketball film "Hoosiers."
Sure, he made some not so memorable movies too: "Waterworld" anyone? But what star hasn't?
Dennis Hopper is a name that is probably most closely associated with movies of the 60s and 70s, but he had a long, varied career, and will certainly be missed. He was 74 years old.

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