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R.I.P., Dennis Hopper

May 29, 2010 | 10:57 am

Dennis Hopper died Saturday morning in Southern California at the age of 74. Hopper, who had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time, was of course a screen legend who had roles in numerous films including "Rebel Without a Cause," "Apocalypse Now" and "Blue Velvet," and of course also directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the generation-defining "Easy Rider."

He'll also be heard on the big screen one more time, as he appears as one of the lead voices in Lionsgate's animated "Alpha and Omega," which comes out on September 17.

We were reminded of all of those roles, as well as his appearance receiving his star on the the Hollywood Walk of Fame, when we heard of his death. "Everything I learned in my life, I learned from you," he told the assembled group of family and friends as he received the honor. Here's The Times' obituary of Hopper's rich and at times complicated life, and, below, The Times' video of the Walk of Fame ceremony.

--Steven Zeitchik


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I just want to give my remerence to a great actor!

It needs to be called to America's attention that it has lost one of its greatest actors, Dennis Lee Hopper. Dennis Hopper embodied Hollywood and everything it has ever stood for. Dennis was a cowboy, in every sense of the word; his presence in western movies serve as an early testament as to who he really was underneath as a person and an actor. Dennis Hopper's acting career, began with "Rebel Without a Cause," and later led to great roles, such as, Frank Booth, in David Lynch's film, "Blue Velvet," and the Father character in Francis Ford Coppola's film, "Rumblefish." Dennis's acting in movies led to great achievements, like being nominated for an Oscar in 1987, twice, in the same category, Best Supporting Actor, for his acting in two different movies, "Hoosiers," and "Blue Velvet." Dennis Hopper was America's definitive Hollywood actor, who everyone came to know and love.

Brendan Ryan

The Brendan Ryan Company
Houston, Texas


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