Easy Rider Star Dennis Hopper Has Passed Away at 74 Today
by Alex Billington
May 29, 2010
Even more tragic news following Gary Coleman's death yesterday. ABC News (via Reuters) is reporting that legendary Oscar nominated actor Dennis Hopper died this morning at age 74. Hopper passed away from complications due to prostate cancer on Saturday peacefully at his home in Venica, California surrounded by family and friends. This is truly sad news as I think of Hopper as a true American acting legend. He's been in a lot of films, as villains, and even as the director. It's very sad to see him pass. Hopper received two Oscar nominations: one for writing Easy Rider in 1970 and for Hoosiers in 1987. He is survived by four children.
Hopper fell ill last September, but continued working, both on the show "Crash" and on a book showcasing his photography. His final months were also consumed by a bitter divorce battle with his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy. Hopper has had quite a career, starring in everything from Cool Hand Luke to Easy Rider (which he also directed) to True Grit to Blue Velvet to True Romance to Speed to Land of the Dead to Hell Ride and so much more. He last appeared in Swing Vote, and on the TV series "Crash", and has also voiced a character in Lionsgate's Alpha and Omega. We're not sure if he's attached to other upcoming projects besides that one.
Back in March this year, Hopper received his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A deserving honor for a great actor and filmmaker who will certainly be missed and never forgotten. Rest in Peace, Mr. Hopper.