Dennis Hopper, the character actor, writer, artist and director whose career spanned six decades, succumbed to prostate cancer on Saturday, May 29, 2010. He was seventy four.
Known later in life for portraying edgy, dangerous and offbeat characters like the murderous Frank Boothe in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and Feck in “River’s Edge,” Hopper started his career in 1955 with supporting roles in two of James Dean’s three films, “Rebel Without A Cause” and “Giant.” Hopper was also a writer and director, most notably of “Easy Rider,” which won him the Best New Director award at the Cannes Film Festival, and the controversial gang drama “Colors.” He received two Academy Award nominations during his career – one for Best Original Screenplay in 1970 (Easy Rider), and one for Best Supporting Actor (Hoosiers) in 1987.
Here’s Dennis Hopper discussing his varied career and life on Inside the Actor’s Studio with James Lipton.
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