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Easy Rider Star Dennis Hopper Has Passed Away at 74 Today

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May 29, 2010

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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.

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Reader Feedback - 39 Comments

1

...Uhhh this is unexpected, didnt hear about him getting sick.....wow this sucks. You will be missed Mr Hopper rest in peace. They usually always go in 3s, hopefully thats wrong this time.

Cody w on May 29, 2010

2

Damn..

Daniel Felts on May 29, 2010

3

NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!! Mad Dog Morgan was his best and Super Mario bros. of course rest in peace

DoomCanoe on May 29, 2010

4

I never actively followed his career, but I can't deny that this man contributed a lot to the art of film. Although his life, from what I know about is, was no easy ride he certainly will be missed! Rest in peace.

Rickmeister on May 29, 2010

5

r.i.p mr hopper,photo's i saw of him he looked in a terrible amount of pain & suffering. at least his in a better place now.

deadpool 72 on May 29, 2010

6

I'm so happy that he got his star on the "Hollywood Walk of Fame" before he had to go, I hope his family is doing well and I'll always remember him in his short but memorable part in "Apocalypse Now." R.I.P

Xerxex on May 29, 2010

7

Wow this is terrible news. Speed is one my favorite classics, not to mention his other great movies. RIP

Big r on May 29, 2010

8

He was in some of my favorite movies. Apocalypse Now, Easy Rider, Rumble Fish, Speed and of course True Romance where he explains the sicilian origins to Christopher Walken. This makes me really sad. Rest in Peace.

SuicidalOptimist on May 29, 2010

9

Looks like the summer celebrity death season has returned, and a month earlier than last year. Not to sound like a dick, but i wonder who its gonna be tomorrow. 🙁 Rip Dennis, You'll be missed.

Al on May 29, 2010

10

I will fuck anything that moves!

Spydark on May 29, 2010

11

R.I.P. Dennis.

Ambient on May 29, 2010

12

"Zombies, man. They creep me out." -Land of the Dead RIP Mr. Hopper. :'(

Toucmyinfection on May 29, 2010

13

Hmmmm. I like to think Him and Gary Coleman are sipping Mai tais and thinking about the bad movies they did....."All Hail King Koopa!"

Miker Calif on May 29, 2010

14

Even if the movie he was in sucked royally, it was worth watching just becasue of what he might say in it. R.I.P.

Hattori Hanzo on May 29, 2010

15

Loved him in Hoosiers!

James on May 29, 2010

16

@14 True Romance isn't that bad.

Xerxex on May 29, 2010

17

Sad news indeed, he was really ill though. too many good roles, even in the terrible films he was in, his acting was always good. RIP

Crapola on May 29, 2010

18

If those fuckers on the other forums use this to promote Alpha and Omega some more i'm going to hunt them down. You will be missed Mr. Hopper, just watched you on a rerun of entourage too.

Peloquin on May 29, 2010

19

i remember thinking about how its going to suck growing up because of thing like this.

sickdoghats on May 29, 2010

20

I was hoping he'd recover, He was one hell of an actor.

Colt on May 29, 2010

21

Wow...Speechless right about now... cant believe no one mentioned The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2!!! the whole movie was about him. R.I.P. you will be missed

Shelby on May 29, 2010

22

POP QUIZ HOT SHOT! Who died a day before Dennis Hopper? Noooo nooooo noooooooooooo you wildcat!

The movie man on May 29, 2010

23

Xerxex, you must have me mistaken me with someone else becasuse I never mentioned True Romance, which happens to be one of my favourites.

Hattori Hanzo on May 29, 2010

24

We here at DLM Entertainment are deeply saddened by the passing of this iconic actor who always brought a certain intensity to every role big or small. My Personal Favorite Dennis Hopper performances: River's Edge True Romance Apocalypse Now Speed Easy Rider Waterworld (the only redeeming thing about that horrific piece of shit was the line, "Nothing like a smoke when you miss your mom") and of course as everybody's favorite Whacked out, batshit crazy nutjob Frank Booth in Blue Velvet. DLM Entertainment remembers Dennis Hopper: http://www.dlmentertainment.com/?c=145

DLM Entertainment on May 29, 2010

25

@#18 YES!!! That was a great little cameo of Mr. Hopper! He was so awesome in that! And this is just awful to hear. I was so crushed when i heard about him passing. As a tribute to him, I listened to his narration on "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head" by The Gorillaz all day. RIP Mr. Hopper

SC on May 29, 2010

26

Wow that is truly sad news. But good that he was with his loved ones. He Was a legend in hollywood.

Jimmy Love on May 29, 2010

27

True Romance is one of my favorite movies of all time! One the best moments in cinematic history is the conversation between Mr. Hopper and Christopher Walken! RIP

T on May 29, 2010

28

Two words: FRANK BOOTH The guy rocked.

tommyturner on May 29, 2010

29

@Hattori Hanzo I misread your post, to quote Tommy Boy " I was just checking the specs on the endline for the...rotary...girder... I'm retarded" my badness,

Xerxex on May 29, 2010

30

Sucking nitrous and riding a Harley into the arfterlife

Paul on May 30, 2010

31

Damn, this sucks..

Robbie on May 30, 2010

32

RIP to a true legend, I mean he was as mad as a bag of hammers but he was a legend, and will be missed! Ride on easy rider..

Dandooo on May 30, 2010

33

wow. this sucks. especially when its people you grew up watching.. "This is the way the fucking world ends! Look at this fucking shit we're in, man! Not with a bang, but with a whimper. And with a whimper, I'm fucking splitting, Jack." Ride on Mr. Hopper!

Lando is a system not a man on May 30, 2010

34

RIP King Kooper!!!!

Matte Blac on May 30, 2010

35

Dennis Hopper wrote, directed, and starred in a film that affected me profoundly, Easy Rider. The ideas and ideals of freedom that the movie espoused were ones that have stayed with me since, sometimes with great difficulty. For those who can only think of ER in terms of drugs, dealing, etc., I say look beyond some details of plot to the true heart of the film. Also, remember or imagine the times in which the movie was made. They were very different. Finally, if you must, recognize that the dealers paid for their sins. That should help you get over it. In recent years, Hopper got a reputation for being one of Hollywood's most vocal conservatives. You cannot reconcile the ideals of Easy Rider with those of so-called modern "conservatism." Dennis Hopper's abandonment of formerly held ideals is a microcosm of what my generation did en masse. Some of that change is part of the process of aging. Some of it is something more pernicious. I'm not going to judge him. I thank him what he gave me in his work. RIP, DH

zubzwank on May 30, 2010

36

'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.' Hopper wasnt even in cool hand luke let alone starred in it, that was paul newman, one of his most famous movies... great actor anyhow, some unforgettable movies that will forever be classics

harrison on May 30, 2010

37

my mistake checked imdb and there he is at the bottom but a very forgettable role i might say

harrison on May 30, 2010

38

You guys see that picture of Corey Haim up there?!?! Dam!! Life sure kicked his ass!!! And by the way, yes I am the real Alec Baldwing!!

Alec Baldwing on May 31, 2010

39

holy crap. Just found out. Thanks Mr. Hopper. You were a legend. r.i.p. buddy. You'll be missed.

bozo on Jun 1, 2010

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