Dennis Hopper

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Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper
Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
Hopper at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival
Birthday/Birthplace Dennis Lee Hopper
(1936-05-17)May 17, 1936
Dodge City, Kansas, U.S.
Deceased May 29, 2010(2010-05-29)
Venice, California, U.S.
Cause of death Prostate cancer
Resting place Jesus Nazareno Cemetery, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico, U.S.
Citizenship American
School(s) Helix High School
College(s) Actors Studio
Profession(s) Actor, filmmaker, photographer, artist
Active Years 1954–2010
Cool work Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now, Hoosiers, Red Rock West, Colors, Speed, Rumble Fish, True Romance, Giant
Television Crash
Wife/Husband
  • Brooke Hayward
    (m. 1961; div. 1969)
  • Michelle Phillips
    (m. 1970; div. 1970)
  • Daria Halprin
    (m. 1972; div. 1976)
  • Katherine LaNasa
    (m. 1989; div. 1992)
  • Victoria Duffy
    (m. 1996; his death 2010)
Kid(s) 4; including Ruthanna and Henry Hopper
Awards Won 1969 Cannes Film Award
1987 Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1987 National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
1995 MTV Movie Award for Best Villain

Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, film director, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He rose to fame when directing and acting (with Peter Fonda) in the film Easy Rider released in 1969.

Hopper is also recognized as a painter, poet and photographer, whose exhibitions (especially in the gallery of Monika Mohr in Hamburg and the Ace Gallery in Los Angeles) were seen by thousands of people.

Dennis Hopper’s Biography

First years

Born in Dodge City, Dennis Lee Hopper was the son of Marjorie Mae (born Davis, July 12, 1917 – January 12, 2007) and James Millard Hopper (June 23, 1916 – August 7, 2007). 1982) Hopper and his family settled in Kansas City (Missouri) after the end of World War II. He followed the painting courses of Thomas Hart Benton at the Kansas City Art Institute. He was 13 when his family moved to San Diego in California. In the university he developed an interest in theater, being particularly interested in the works of William Shakespeare.

Trajectory in cinema and television

During his career, Dennis Hopper worked on more than 150 films, debuting on camera with a small role in the movie Johnny Guitar, but his name does not appear in the credits. It was in an episode of Medic in 1955, where he played a young epileptic, when his name appeared for the first time on the screens. But he is next to James Dean, whom he admired immensely, where his film career really begins. He thus has a role in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and in Giant (1956), two of the three films of James Dean in his short film career.

The death of Dean in a car accident in the same 1955 profoundly affected the young Dennis Hopper, and shortly after he had a conflict with the director Henry Hathaway in the movie From hell to Texas. The behavior of Hopper in the filming was such that made him away from Hollywood for several years. Unable to work in the cinema, Hopper opts for photography and makes the cover for the album River Deep – Mountain High from Ike & amp; Tina Turner (1966).

In New York, he studied at the Lee Strasberg Acting School. He appeared in more than 140 episodes of television series such as Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel and Combat!

Dennis Hopper during the opening of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Although Hopper worked on films like Katie Elder’s The Four Sons and True Grit, with scenes with John Wayne, it was not until he worked with Peter Fonda as an actor and director on Easy Rider when he impressed the Hollywood establishment.

Hopper wrote and made other films such as The Last Movie in 1971. However, this film was a box office failure and made him stay away from the big studios. Hopper was an alcoholic and a drug addict, and in this point of his life, his dependence became more important. Despite this, he continued shooting films at that time, such as Mad Dog Morgan, Tracks, The American Friend, or Apocalypse Now, and was very successful for the performance and his role in Out of the Blue.

In 1983, Hopper began a detoxification program and was cured of his dependencies. He shot some important films such as Rumble Fish and The Osterman Weekend; but still his career did not resurface until he played the sadistic Frank Booth in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet.

In 1988, the film Colores de guerra, appreciated by the critics, about Los Angeles bands. He continued to be an important personality in Hollywood, as an actor, photographer and director. In 1994, he played the bad guy in the movie Speed ​​with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. In 1995, Hopper also played the role of bad guy with Kevin Costner in the movie Waterworld. He made his last performances in the series Crash (2008) and in the films Elegy (2008, directed by Isabel Coixet), Palermo Shooting (2008) and Alpha and Omega (2010). On March 26, 2010, Dennis Hopper was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life

Dennis Hopper married five times and had four children:

  • His first wife, from 1961 to 1969, was Brooke Hayward. A daughter, Marin Brooke Hopper, was born from this union on June 26, 1962.
  • His second and-for a short time-wife, from October 31 to November 8, 1970, was the singer and actress Michelle Phillips.
  • His third wife, from 1972 to 1976, was Daria Halprin. A daughter, Ruthanna Hopper, was born from this union in 1974.
  • His fourth wife, from June 17, 1989 to April 1992, was Katherine LaNasa. A son, also actor Henry Lee Hopper, was born to this union on September 11, 1990.
  • Hopper was last married on April 13, 1996 with Victoria Duffy with whom she had a daughter, Galen Grier Hopper, on March 26, 2003. They were in the process of divorce since January 2010.

Dennis Hopper Net Worth – $40 Million

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