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'Easy Rider' Dennis Hopper has prostate cancer

October 30, 2009 |  8:35 am

DhopDennis Hopper has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will cancel his upcoming projects and travel plans to focus on treatment in Los Angeles.

Hopper, 73, is being treated through a "special program" at USC, says his manager, Sam Maydew.

The actor, whose roles over more than 40 years number in the hundreds, was hospitalized overnight in early October for treatment of dehydration. Lately he's been working on the Starz original TV version of the Oscar-winning film "Crash."

In addition to his cultural icon status and overall cool factor set in stone with films like "Easy Rider," Hopper is an artist and photographer with an exhibit, "Dennis Hopper and the New Hollywood," set to open Nov. 12 in Melbourne, Australia.

Remember what we said earlier this week about prostate cancer being the cancer diagnosed most often in men? Read more about prostate cancer there.

Good vibes going out to Dennis.

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Dennis Hopper as Ben Cendars in the television series "Crash." Credit: Starz