Dennis Hopper

  • Born: May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, KS
  • Died: May 27, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Notable Works:
    • Easy Rider (1969)
    • Blue Velvet (1986)
    • Speed (1994)
  • Academy Award Nominations:
    • 1970 Best Original Screenplay for Easy Rider
    • 1987 Best Supporting Actor for Hoosiers
  • Personal Favorite: Red Rock West (1993)

Hopper began his long career by playing small roles in huge movies. Films like, Rebel Without a Cause, Giant, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, The Sons of Katie Elder, Cool Hand Luke, Hang ’em High, and True Grit. In 1969, he directed, wrote, and starred alongside Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in the road movie classic Easy Rider. This film would forever mark the hippie and drug culture of that era and play a major part of the transition into New Hollywood. Hopper has also received high praise for his roles in the neo-noirs Blue Velvet, True Romance, and Red Rock West.

 

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