Dennis Hopper is one of those actors! One of the greats, someone who seemed to fit every character he ever played. I am amazed at how many of my favorite movies either stars or has Hopper as a supporting actor. In memory of his life’s work, I thought I’d post a few links and clips of my favorite Hopper moments.
Dennis Hopper’s Not-So-Easy Ride-The Actor And Artist Discusses The Long Road From Maverick Director To Rehab from CBS News.com
“I bought Andy Warhol’s first soup can painting for $75,” Hopper said, “and I bought a Roy Lichtenstein, ‘The Sinking Sun,’ for $1,100 out of Roy’s studio. That sold last year for $17,870,000.”
“Did you sell it?” Braver asked.
“No, unfortunately, my ex-wife got it in the divorce.”
The Middle Word in Life-What we think about when we think about Dennis Hopper (1936–2010)
by Matt Zoller Seitz posted April 6, 2010 at Moving Source.com
Blog post on the life of Dennis Hopper, with a very nice video collage.
“The end result is a video and audio collage that jumps among significant aspects of Hopper’s life and career. If the final stretch seems to have an elegiac tone, it’s because the circumstances made it unavoidable. Contrary to what we’d all come to believe, Dennis Hopper is not immortal. Let’s appreciate him now.”
Obituary: Dennis Hopper from BBC
He won critical praise for the controversial film, Out of the Blue, which marked his return to directing and in which he also starred. His role in “Apocalypse Now” helped re-establish his reputation. But his increasingly erratic behavior, caused by a massive intake of cocaine and beer, was making it difficult for him to find new acting roles.
After a bizarre attempt to blow himself up with dynamite as part of an “art happening”, he went into rehab.
He began to get his career back on track with roles in ‘Rumble Fish’ and ‘The Osterman Weekend’ before a critically acclaimed appearance as Frank Booth, in David Lynch’s film 1986 ‘Blue Velvet.’
Raw Video: a Bandaged Dennis Hopper Gets a Star March 26,2010
Dennis Hopper, the American actor who died on May 29 aged 74, appeared in more than 100 films and directed Easy Rider (1969), a low-budget hymn to the libertarian ethics of the counterculture that was one of the defining films of its era. – The London Telegraph website
“He won a scholarship to San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre, where he enjoyed playing “the mad and the bad” of Shakespeare — Hamlet, Macbeth, Iago. After appearing in the television series Medic he signed to Warner Brothers, whose boss was impressed by his having told a rival studio boss, the celebrated Harry Cohn, to “Go f— yourself” when Cohn announced he could not stand Shakespeare. ”
Hopper marched alongside Martin Luther King, protested against the Vietnam War, and appeared in low budget films about bikers (The Glory Stompers, in 1966) and hallucinogenic drugs (The Trip, 1967).
He was the perfect director for Easy Rider, in which he starred alongside Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda (with whom he spectacularly fell out over the artistic credit). Hopper played one of two stoned bikers who roam across the south-west before running into trouble with rednecks. Made for less than $400,000 and taking more than $40 million at the box office, Hopper’s parable of the American dream won Best Film at Cannes and, though criticised for “turning incoherence into sensitivity”, it became a cinematic sensation, making him — briefly — the most bankable director in Hollywood.
Dennis Hopper’s 10 Best Movie Roles from moviefone.com
Rumble Fish (Francis Ford Coppola, 1983) Theatrical Trailer
Dennis Hopper’s favorite Hip-Hop song