Dennis Hopper Dies at 74

Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood actor-director whose memorable career included the 1969 smash "Easy Rider," has died. He was 74.

Family friend Alex Hitz says Hopper died Saturday at his Venice home, surrounded by family and friends. The actor had been battling prostate cancer.

Hopper's roller coaster career also included "Rebel Without a Cause," "Blue Velvet," "Apocalypse Now" and "Hoosiers" as well as flops such as "The Last Movie."

But the improbable success of the 1969 hippie-biker epic "Easy Rider" remained his biggest triumph. He not only co-starred but directed and co-wrote the film, which also starred Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.

Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern were nominated for Oscars for best screenplay.

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  • by Me Location: Winterville NC on May 30, 2010 at 06:31 AM
    Ride in Peace Easy Rider. Don't bogart that joint my friend, Awesome song from a Awesome Movie, And Dennis you were one of the ones who made it happen.
  • by LW Location: Greenville on May 30, 2010 at 03:52 AM
    RIP. IN EASYRIDER The scene with Dennis, Peter and Jack camped out under the stars and jack explaning aliens has got to be the most funny scene there is. I watch the movie evey now and then just keep in mind what FREEDOM in this country means. Plus a great times I had in the 70,s rideing with face in the wind headed to Alantic beach. Man they were the days.
  • by B Location: NC on May 29, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    This guy was one of the greats, we will miss you.
  • by Anonymous on May 29, 2010 at 04:39 PM
    Wow. Hollywood is quickly losing the rest of its good actors. The last 20 years have been movie after movie of talentless actors boring us all to tears. Thank God for Turner Broadcastings black and white oldies.
  • by MADDOG Location: GREENVILLE on May 29, 2010 at 02:49 PM
    R.I.P. You were a good one.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on May 29, 2010 at 02:47 PM
    Thanks, Dennis

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