Dennis Hopper

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Dennis Hopper
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Dennis Lee Hopper

(1936-05-17)May 17, 1936
DiedMay 29, 2010(2010-05-29) (aged 74)
Cause of deathProstate cancer
Resting placeRanchos de Taos, New Mexico, U.S.
EducationHelix High School
Alma materActors Studio
OccupationActor, director, artist
Years active1954–2010
Notable work
Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now, Hoosiers, Colors, Speed, Rumble Fish
Spouse(s)Brooke Hayward
(m. 1961–1969; divorced)
Michelle Phillips
(m. 1970; divorced)
Daria Halprin
(m. 1972–1976; divorced)
Katherine LaNasa
(m. 1989–1992; divorced)
Victoria Duffy
(m. 1996–2010; divorced)
Children3 daughters, 1 son, Henry Hopper
RelativesBrothers: Marvin, David
AwardsCannes Film Award, Boston Society of Film Critics Award, Los Angeles Film Critic Association Award, National Society of Film Critics Award, MTV Movie Award

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American television, movie, stage, and voice actor, artist, photographer, writer, movie director, and an art collector. He has appeared in many movies and television shows, since the 1950s.

Early life[change | change source]

Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas.[1] He spent his life in Kansas City, Missouri and in San Diego, California. Hopper studied to be an actor at Helix High School and at the Actors' Studio. Hopper has two brothers.

Career[change | change source]

Hopper is probably best known for directing, co-writing, and starring in the Oscar-nominated movie Easy Rider (1969). In 1994, Hopper had a role in the thriller movie Speed. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life[change | change source]

Hopper was married to Brooke Hayward from 1961 until they divorced in 1969. Hopper was then married to Michelle Phillips from 1970 until they divorced weeks later. He was married to Daria Halprin from 1972 until they divorced. He was later married to Katherine LaNasa from 1989 until they divorced in 1992. Hopper was married to Victoria Duffy from 1998 until they divorced in 2010, months before his death. Hopper had 3 daughters and a son.

Lawsuit[change | change source]

Hopper once insulted actor Rip Torn after he said "Texans are hippie-hatting rednecks" and was sued for a total of $475,000 dollars.[2]

Illness and death[change | change source]

On October 29, 2009, his manager announced that Hopper had prostate cancer. He was terminally ill.[3] He died of the disease on May 29, 2010 in Venice, California. He was 74. He was buried at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Alpha and Omega was his last movie and was dedicated to his memory.

References[change | change source]

  1. "Jack Nicholson pays tribute to 'soul mate' Dennis Hopper". The Daily Telegraph. London. June 2, 2010.
  2. "No Easy Ride for Hopper Over Rip Torn's Lawsuit". LA April 5, 1998. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  3. "Dennis Hopper's cancer terminal". Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2010-02-19.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Dennis Hopper at Wikimedia Commons