May 29, 2010

Actor Dennis Hopper Dies at 74


Hollywood actor Dennis Hopper passed away Saturday after battling prostate cancer. Hopper, the star of such movies like 'Easy Rider,' 'Apocalypse Now,' and 'Speed'm was 74.

In March of this year Dennis Hopper received his star on the Hollywood Boulevard. His career started in the 1950's on television, but in 1955 he landed a roll with James Dean in "Rebel Without a Cause." He then went on to co-write, direct and star in "Easy Rider" with Peter Fonda which became counterculture classic. The movie "Easy Rider" is credited with starting a run of anti-establishment films.
The past months of his life were marked with a divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy. That was followed by a court battle over art pieces that Hopper claimed were stolen from his home by his ex-wife.
When he was receiving his star on Hollywood Boulevard surrounded by friends and family, including fellow actor Jack Nicholson, Hopper said, "Everyone here today that I've invited and obviously some that I haven't invited have enriched my life tremendously. They've shown me a world that I would never have seen being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas, and learning things I would never have learned."
Hopper is survived by his seven-year-old daughter from his marriage to Victoria, Galen as well as three other children from a previous marriage.



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