Dennis Hopper

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Real Name: Dennis Lee Hopper
Birth Place: Dodge City, Kansas, USA
Birth Date: May 17, 1936
Occupation: Actor, Director, Writer

Dennis Hopper Biography

Multi-talented and unconventional actor/director regarded by many as one of the true "enfant terribles" of Hollywood who has led an amazing cinematic career for more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s television series, including "Medic" (1954), "Cheyenne" (1955) and "Sugarfoot" (1957). His first film role was in Johnny Guitar (1954), which was quickly followed by roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Hopper actually became good friends with James Dean and was shattered when Dean was killed in a car crash on September 30, 1955.Hopper portrayed a young Napoléon Bonaparte (!) in the star-spangled The Story of Mankind (1957) and regularly appeared on screen throughout the 1960s, often in rather undemanding parts, usually as a villain in westerns such as True Grit (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). However, in early 1969, Hopper, fellow actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern, wrote a counterculture road movie script and managed to scrape together $400,000 in financial backing. Hopper directed the low-budget film, titled Easy Rider (1969), starring Fonda, Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson. The film was a phenomenal box-office success, appealing to the anti-establishment youth culture of the times. It changed the Hollywood landscape almost overnight and major studios all jumped onto the anti-establishment bandwagon, pumping out low-budget films about rebellious hippies, bikers, draft dodgers and pot smokers. However, Hopper's next directorial effort, The Last Movie (1971), was a critical and financial failure, and he has admitted that during the 1970s he was seriously abusing various substances, both legal and illegal, which led to a downturn in the quality of his work. He appeared in a sparse collection of European-produced films over the next eight years, before cropping up in a memorable performance as a pot-smoking photographer alongside Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now (1979). He also received acclaim for his work in both acting and direction for Out of the Blue (1980).With these two notable efforts, the beginning of the 1980s saw a renaissance of interest by Hollywood in the talents of Dennis Hopper and exorcising the demons of drugs and alcohol via a rehabilitation program meant a return to invigorating and provoking performances. He was superb in Rumble Fish (1983), co-starred in the tepid spy thriller The Osterman Weekend (1983), played a groovy school teacher in My Science Project (1985), was a despicable and deranged drug dealer in River's Edge (1986) and, most memorably, electrified audiences as foul-mouthed Frank Booth in the eerie and erotic David Lynch film Blue Velvet (1986). Interestingly, the offbeat Hopper was selected in the early 1980s to provide the voice of "The StoryTeller" in the animated series of "Rabbit Ears" children's films based upon the works of Hans Christian Andersen!Hopper returned to film direction in the late 1980s and was at the helm of the controversial gang film Colors (1988), which was well received by both critics and audiences. He was back in front of the cameras for roles in Super Mario Bros. (1993), got on the wrong side of gangster Christopher Walken in True Romance (1993), led police officer Keanu Reeves and bus passenger Sandra Bullock on a deadly ride in Speed (1994) and challenged gill-man Kevin Costner for world supremacy in Waterworld (1995). The enigmatic Hopper has continued to remain busy through the 1990s and into the new century with performances in The Night We Called It a Day (2003), The Keeper (2004) and Land of the Dead (2005).As well as his acting/directing talents, Hopper was a skilled photographer and painter, having had his works displayed in galleries in both the United States and overseas. He was additionally a dedicated and knowledgeable collector of modern art and has one of the most extensive collections in the United States. Dennis Hopper died of prostate cancer on May 29, 2010, less than two weeks after his 74th birthday.

Dennis Hopper Movies / TV-Shows

The Last Film Festival (2016)
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)
Magician: The Astonishing Life and Work of Orson Welles (2014)
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards (2011)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011)
The 62nd Primetime Emmy Awards (2010)
Alpha and Omega (2010)
Beautiful Darling (2010)
Crash (2008)
An American Carol (2008)
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008)
Bananaz (2008)
Hell Ride (2008)
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008)
Elegy (2008)
Swing Vote (2008)
Pioneers of Television (2008)
Palermo Shooting (2008)
Sleepwalking (2008)
Chelsea on the Rocks (2008)
AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movies: 10th Anniversary Edition (2007)
The Graham Norton Show (2007)
The Brothers Warner (2007)
Gorillaz: Live in Manchester (2006)
Hoboken Hollow (2006)
10th & Wolf (2006)
The Art of Football from A to Z (2006)
Ban the Sadist Videos! Part 2 (2006)
The Drug Years (2006)
Memory (2006)
Inside Deep Throat (2005)
American Masters Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005)
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005)
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005)
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)
Land of the Dead (2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)
Americano (2005)
E-Ring (2005)
House of 9 (2005)
Out of Season (2004)
Entourage (2004)
The Last Ride (2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)
The Night We Called It a Day (2003)
Willie Nelson & Friends: Live and Kickin' (2003)
A Decade Under the Influence (2003)
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003)
Las Vegas (2003)
1 Giant Leap (2002)
Leo (2002)
Firestarter 2: Rekindled (2002)
I Don't Know Jack (2002)
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)
The Piano Player (2002)
L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001)
Knockaround Guys (2001)
24 (2001)
Ticker (2001)
Held for Ransom (2000)
The Apostate (2000)
Luck of the Draw (2000)
Lured Innocence (2000)
Jason and the Argonauts (2000)
The Prophet's Game (2000)
Tycus (1999)
Independent Lens (1999)
Straight Shooter (1999)
Edtv (1999)
Jesus' Son (1999)
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999)
E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998)
Meet the Deedles (1998)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998)
Cannes Man (1997)
James Dean: Race with Destiny (1997)
The View (1997)
Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch (1997)
Top of the World (1997)
The Blackout (1997)
Road Ends (1997)
King of the Hill (1997)
Samson and Delilah (1996)
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996)
Space Truckers (1996)
Carried Away (1996)
The Daily Show (1996)
Basquiat (1996)
Search and Destroy (1995)
Waterworld (1995)
MADtv (1995)
Witch Hunt (1994)
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)
Speed (1994)
Chasers (1994)
True Romance (1993)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
Red Rock West (1993)
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)
WWE Raw (1993)
Boiling Point (1993)
Super Mario Bros. (1993)
The Heart of Justice (1992)
Nails (1992)
Sunset Heat (1992)
The Indian Runner (1991)
Paris Trout (1991)
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)
Catchfire (1990)
The Hot Spot (1990)
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990)
Flashback (1990)
Blood Red (1989)
Chattahoochee (1989)
Colors (1988)
Biography (1987)
The Pick-up Artist (1987)
Black Widow (1987)
Straight to Hell (1987)
Running Out of Luck (1987)
River's Edge (1986)
Hoosiers (1986)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986)
My Science Project (1985)
American Masters (1985)
O.C. and Stiggs (1985)
Slagskämpen (1984)
Jungle Warriors (1984)
The Osterman Weekend (1983)
Rumble Fish (1983)
Live with Kelly and Ryan (1983)
King of the Mountain (1981)
Out of the Blue (1980)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Mad Dog Morgan (1976)
Saturday Night Live (1975)
Arena (1975)
The Last Movie (1971)
Easy Rider (1969)
True Grit (1969)
Head (1968)
Hang 'Em High (1968)
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
The Trip (1967)
The Glory Stompers (1967)
Queen of Blood (1966)
The Time Tunnel (1966)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965)
The Big Valley (1965)
Petticoat Junction (1963)
Combat! (1962)
Night Tide (1961)
Bonanza (1959)
The Twilight Zone (1959)
The Young Land (1959)
The Rifleman (1958)
Naked City (1958)
From Hell to Texas (1958)
Sayonara (1957)
Wagon Train (1957)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
The Story of Mankind (1957)
The James Dean Story (1957)
Zane Grey Theater (1956)
Giant (1956)
Cheyenne (1955)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
Gunsmoke (1955)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)

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