He studied at the Old Globe Theater there while in high school, then signed a contract with Warner Brothers and moved to Los Angeles. He saw his first movie at 5 and became enthralled. According to Hopper, Torn was originally cast in the film but was replaced with Jack Nicholson after the incident. In later years he picked up some income by becoming a pitchman for Ameriprise Financial, aiming ads at baby boomers looking ahead to retirement. He was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2009. Actor, Motion Picture Director. He was especially fond of the plays of William Shakespeare. Thanks so much, man., Thus began a tortured, 10-year relationship. Hopper's manager announced in October 2009 that he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. He also built an extensive collection of works by artists he knew, including Warhol, Ed Ruscha and Julian Schnabel. We hung out together while my tape recorder consumed cassette after cassette of Dennis Hopper stories. The cause was complications from metastasized prostate cancer, according to a statement issued by Alex Hitz, a family friend. In both of the films with Wayne, Hopper's character is killed in the presence of Wayne's character, to whom he utters his dying words. And what else would you need as an actor but to be validated by Dennis Hopper! ", Hopper made it to the top of the box office in the 1994 hit "Speed," in which he played the maniacal plotter of a freeway disaster. He went on to helm his third directorial work Out of the Blue (1980), for which he was again honored at Cannes, and appeared in Rumble Fish, The Osterman Weekend (both 1983), and My Science Project (1985). [68] On October 2, he was discharged after receiving treatment for dehydration. The Dennis Hopper Trust Collection represents Hopper's directorial efforts.[79]. [62], On April 5, 2010, a court ruled that Duffy could continue living on Hopper's property, and that he must pay US$12,000 per month spousal and child support for their daughter Galen. Scouted by the studios, Hopper was under contract to Columbia until he insulted the boss, Harry Cohn. In the 1950s, he had roles in several TV shows and films, including "Rebel Without a Cause" (1955) and "Giant" (1956). Upon wrapping the scene, Mr. Hopper later recalled, Mr. Hathaway told him that his career in Hollywood was finished. Share your favorite Hopper moments in the comments section, and scroll down for video highlights from his career. I scraped out the crusted lint. Hopper was also "notorious for his troubled relationships with women", including Michelle Phillips, who divorced him after eight days of marriage. According to The New York Times, Dennis Hopper died on May 29, 2010, in his California home. Trouble on the set developed almost immediately, as Peruvian authorities pestered the company, drug-induced orgies were reported and Hopper seemed out of control. On reading the script Hopper said to Lynch: "You have to let me play Frank Booth. [13] It was there that he developed an interest in acting, studying at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, and the Actors Studio in New York City (he studied with Lee Strasberg for five years). But the private Dennis I spent a decade alongside, working on his biography, had a different persona. [1][2], Hopper made his directorial film debut with Easy Rider (1969), which he and co-star Peter Fonda wrote with Terry Southern. iReport: Hopper became honorary mayor in 2009. [29][30] Hopper also recited Rudyard Kipling's famous poem If during his appearance.[31]. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Hes smart about these things. When I pressed, he explained: Theres a chance, if I play things right, Ill finally direct a studio picture. Born on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kan., and raised on a nearby farm, Dennis Lee Hopper moved with his family to San Diego in the late 1940s. Or a final chance to play the lead in a Shakespeare tragedy? [32] He portrayed villain Victor Drazen in the first season of the popular action drama 24. Hopper, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in October 2009, was surrounded by his children when he died, Victoria Hopper told CNN. The cancer spread to his bones and he died on May 29, 2010. Soon he was traveling in social circles with Dean and was linked romantically with Natalie Wood and Joanne Woodward. Hopper died at his home in the coastal Venice district of Los Angeles, just 12 days after his 74th birthday on the morning of May 29, 2010. Hopper repeatedly mentioned a knife fight with Rip Torn on the Easy Rider location, but that never happened either. He went on to appear in several films in the early 1980s, including the well regarded "Rumblefish" and "The Osterman Weekend," as well as the campy "My Science Project" and "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.". Lovecraft in the TV movie Witch Hunt. [19] Hopper said of Easy Rider: "The cocaine problem in the United States is really because of me. [55], Hopper was honored with the rank of commander of France's National Order of Arts and Letters, at a ceremony in Paris. Dennis Hopper's Death - Cause and Date Born (Birthday) May 17, 1936 Death Date May 29, 2010 Age of Death 74 years Cause of Death Prostate Cancer Profession Movie Actor The movie actor Dennis Hopper died at the age of 74. His politics, like much of his life, were unpredictable. When it was released, "The Last Movie" was such a crashing failure that it made Hopper unwanted in Hollywood for a decade. "That's all I can do.". Biography - A Short Wiki. [22] During the tumultuous editing process, Hopper ensconced himself at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico, which he had purchased in 1970,[23] for almost an entire year. More details soon. On March 26, surrounded by friends like Mr. Nicholson and David Lynch, the director of Blue Velvet, Mr. Hopper received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 1968, Hopper teamed with Peter Fonda, Terry Southern and Jack Nicholson to make Easy Rider, which premiered in July 1969. He said:. Hopper took a large cast and crew to a village in Peru to film the tale of a Peruvian tribe corrupted by a movie company. As a subscriber, you have 10 gift articles to give each month. Hopper won wide acclaim as the director for his improvisational methods and innovative editing for Easy Rider. In later years he picked up some income by becoming a pitchman for Ameriprise Financial, aiming ads at baby boomers looking ahead to retirement. 25 Feb/23. From there he went to Warner Bros., where he made "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Giant" while in his late teens. On 30 September 1970, Hopper appeared on the second episode of season 2 of "The Johnny Cash Show" where he sang a duet with Cash entitled "Goin' Up Goin' Down". It was not until after his marriage in 1961 to Brooke Hayward who, as the daughter of Leland Hayward, a producer and agent, and Margaret Sullavan, the actress, was part of Hollywood royalty that Mr. Hopper was regularly offered film roles again. Actress Marlee Matlin called Hopper a "maverick, a wonderful actor. Dean's death in a car accident in September 1955 affected the young Hopper deeply and it was shortly afterward that he got into a confrontation with veteran director Henry Hathaway on the film From Hell to Texas (1958). [71], On March 18, 2010, he was honored with the 2,403rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of Grauman's Egyptian Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard. which lists his cause of death as hepatic (liver) failure and prostate. ", Jocko Sims, who starred opposite Hopper in "Crash," called him a "legend. Shortly thereafter, he played drug smuggler and DEA informant Barry Seal in the HBO film Doublecrossed. Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper has died after a long bout with prostate cancer, according to reports. Hopper was 74 at the time of his death and the cause was "complications from metastasized. "Photographing the LA Art Scene: 19551975", Craig Krull Gallery (1996), Winkler, Peter L. "Dennis Hopper: The Wild Ride of a Hollywood Rebel", Barricade Books (2011), Rozzo, Mark "Everybody Thought We Were Crazy" Harper Collins (2022), Burke, Tom, "Dennis Hopper Saves the Movies", in, Herring, H. D., "Out of the Dream and into the Nightmare: Dennis Hopper's Apocalyptic Vision of America", in, Macklin, F. A., "Easy Rider: The Initiation of Dennis Hopper", in, Martin, A., "Dennis Hopper: Out of the Blue and into the Black", in, Scharres, B., "From Out of the Blue: The Return of Dennis Hopper" in, Weber, Bruce, "A Wild Man is Mellowing, Albeit Not on Screen", in, This page was last edited on 25 February 2023, at 22:07. Hopper was able to sustain his lifestyle and a measure of celebrity by acting in numerous low budget and European films throughout the 1970s as the archetypal "tormented maniac", including Mad Dog Morgan (1976), Tracks (1976), and The American Friend (1977). He was known for being a Movie Actor. [44] In April 2010, Deitch confirmed that Hopper's work, curated by Julian Schnabel, will indeed be the focus of his debut at MOCA. The report,. [14] In 1993, he played Clifford Worley in True Romance. But I prefer to ignore the gossip blog rumors of mental incapacity that leaked out from Hoppers Venice compound during his long good night. LOS ANGELES -- Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (1956). [1][37], Ostracized by the Hollywood film studios due to his reputation for being a "difficult" actor, Hopper turned to photography in 1961 with a camera bought for him by his first wife Brooke Hayward. It wasnt my liver, my kidneys and all that stuff that went. You always got something unexpected from him. He was 74. Upon visiting Hopper for that story: Uh, like, man, sorry, you gotta come in through the garage. His limp handshake trembled. The mother he had violent sex fantasies about, though I never acted on them, he told me back in 1985. Hopper took the outburst and insults "very personally" and made it a point to antagonize Brando the rest of the evening, first at a boxing match, then at a theater, he said. While funeral arrangements have not been decided, Hopper's wish was to be buried in Taos, New Mexico, his wife said. [citation needed] Hopper's early photography is known for portraits from the 1960s, and he began shooting portraits for Vogue and other magazines. He died before the movie was released. He appeared as an arrogant young gunfighter, the Utah Kid, in the 1956 episode "Quicksand" of the first hour-long western television series Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker. Hopper, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in. 36 on the AFI's list of top 50 movie villains. During a promotional tour last fall for that series, he fell ill; shortly thereafter, he began a new round of treatments for prostate cancer, which he said had been first diagnosed a decade ago. Suffered a stroke on 14 February 1970. Actor Dennis Hopper was just 74 when he died of prostate cancer 10 years ago, but his film career, which began in Rebel Without A Cause with James Dean, has endured for over 60 years. Hopper sought career counseling from Warren Beatty, who advised him not to write a tell-all book. [74] According to papers filed in his divorce court case, Hopper was terminally ill and was unable to undergo chemotherapy to treat his prostate cancer.[75][76]. 2023 BuzzFeed, Inc. All rights reserved. I wonder if Hopper saw his exit as a last movie? His fourth directorial outing came about through Colors (1988), followed by an Emmy-nominated lead performance in Paris Trout (1991). Id rather remember the secretive, serious, focused artist who never fully revealed himself to me and maybe never to anyone. "[25] He won critical acclaim and several awards for this role, and in the same year received an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as an alcoholic assistant basketball coach in Hoosiers. Considered one of Hollywood's most outspoken and versatile actors, he appeared in over 150 motion pictures during his lifetime, working as both an actor and film director in a career that spanned over five decades. His off-camera personality will remain in my memory long after his personas fade from the screen. His eye for modern art was uncanny, resulting in a multimillion-dollar collection. Looking frail, he began his brief acceptance speech by sardonically thanking the paparazzi for supposedly distracting him and causing him to lose his balance and fall the day before. More details soon. In 2005, Hopper played Paul Kaufman in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead. The old rebel contributed money to the Republican Party in recent years, but also voted for Democrat Barack Obama in 2008. Dennis Hopper directing the film The Last Movie in 1971. It was my mind.. On the way, Hopper and Fonda befriend a drunken young lawyer (Jack Nicholson, whom Hopper had resisted casting, in a breakout role), but arouse the enmity of Southern rednecks and are murdered before they can return home. [17] Hopper acted in another John Wayne film, True Grit (1969), and during its production, he became well acquainted with Wayne. Larry Hagman's Daughter Fled Her Parents' House at 15 after Encounter with Dennis Hopper. All rights reserved. He was a two-time Academy Award nominee, and in March 2010, was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. He was 74. UPDATE: Here's the Associated Press obituary. He was divorcing his fifth wife after 18 years together, obtaining an "emergency. ", Its success prompted studio heads to schedule a new kind of movie: low cost, with inventive photography and themes about a young, restive baby boom generation. All was forgiven, at least for a moment, when he collaborated with another struggling actor, Peter Fonda, on a script about two pot-smoking, drug-dealing hippies on a motorcycle trip through the Southwest and South to take in the New Orleans Mardi Gras. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, family friend Alex Hitz said. Hopper then appealed but the judge again ruled in Torn's favor and Hopper was required to pay another US$475,000 in punitive damages. Hopper was unable to capitalize on his Easy Rider success for several years. His second marriage, to singer-actress Michelle Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas, lasted only eight days. Dennis Weaver was a vegetarian since 1958 [12] and student of yoga and meditation since the 1960s and a devoted follower of Paramahansa Yogananda, the Indian guru who established the Self-Realization Fellowship in the United States. 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, Hopper was roommates with fellow actor Nick Adams and the three became friends and socialized together. I thought the crazier you behaved, the better artist you would be. At the same time, his drug and alcohol use was increasing to the point where he was said to be consuming as much as a gallon of rum a day. Using the interviews weve already done?. He was a prolific photographer, painter, and sculptor. After a promising start that included roles in two James Dean films, Hopper's acting career had languished as he developed a reputation for throwing tantrums and abusing alcohol and drugs. They battled over his valuable artworks. [73], By March 2010, Hopper reportedly weighed only 100 pounds (45kg) and was unable to carry on long conversations. Hopper's lawyer argued in the divorce case that his estranged wife's presence was hampering his fight with cancer, but the judge allowed her to continue living in the family's Venice compound with their 6-year-old daughter, Galen. Subsequently received leads at Warner Brothers in second features. Trouble on the set developed almost immediately, as Peruvian authorities pestered the company, drug-induced orgies were reported and Hopper seemed out of control. Was he holding on to his sobriety? In the 2000s, he was featured in the television series "Crash" and such films as "Elegy" and "Hell Ride. "A lot of it was about politically what was going on in the country.". With Hopper hailed as a brilliant filmmaker, Universal Pictures lavished $850,000 on his next project, "The Last Movie.". He appeared in the first episode of the popular TV series, "The Rifleman" (19581963) as protagonist Vernon Tippet. Los Angeles, California (CNN) -- Actor Dennis Hopper died at his home in Venice, California, Saturday morning, his wife said. The film was a hit at Cannes, netted a best-screenplay Oscar nomination for Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern, and has since been listed on the American Film Institute's ranking of the top 100 American films. Share your favorite Hopper moments in the comments section, and scroll down for video highlights from his career. And he was broke at that time, Hollywood considered him unemployable. ", From that point on, Hopper maintained a frantic work pace, appearing in many forgettable movies and a few memorable ones, including the 1994 hit "Speed," in which he played the maniacal plotter of a freeway disaster. Early in his career, he painted and wrote poetry, though many of his works were destroyed in a 1961 fire that burned scores of homes, including his, in the Los Angeles enclave Bel Air. He worried that one false step might plunge him back into the hell of his 1970s decade. Dennis Hopper Episode aired Apr 18, 2021 IMDb RATING 8.0 /10 9 YOUR RATING Rate Documentary Biography Dr. Michael Hunter is investigating the cause of death of actor Dennis Hopper. It was difficult to recognize the manic performer Id admired in Francis Ford Coppolas Apocalypse Now and Wim Wenders The American Friend. That outrageous hipster of Easy Rider? Or, perhaps, while dying he looked up at a teddy bear on a shelf the one handmade by his mother. He was 74. Hopper stated that because he was the son-in-law of actress Margaret Sullavan, a friend of John Wayne, Wayne hired Hopper for a role in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), also directed by Hathaway, which enabled Hopper to restart his film career. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). [59] After citing her "outrageous conduct" and stating she was "insane", "inhuman" and "volatile", Hopper was granted a restraining order against her on February 11, 2010, and as a result, she was forbidden to come within 10 feet (3m) of him or contact him.

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