36 Facts About Dennis Hopper

1. Dennis Hopper proved to be a great fit for the role and the film.

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2. Dennis Hopper began painting as a child and started taking photos in 1961, after his then wife Brooke Hayward gave him a 35 mm Nikon camera for his birthday.

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3. On May 29, 2010, Dennis Hopper died from prostate cancer complications at the age of 74.

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4. Dennis Hopper is known for amassing a large modern art collection.

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5. Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936, and began his career with small roles in movies like Rebel Without a Cause.

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6. Dennis Hopper re-appeared in the 1980s with quirky roles in Hoosiers and Blue Velvet.

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7. Dennis Hopper died at his home in the coastal Venice district of Los Angeles on the morning of May 29, 2010, 12 days after his 74th birthday.

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8. Dennis Hopper said his reason for not voting Republican was the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate.

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9. Dennis Hopper spent much of the 1970s and early 1980s living as an "outcast" in Taos, New Mexico after the success of Easy Rider.

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10. In March 2010, it was announced that Dennis Hopper was on the "short list" for Jeffrey Deitch's inaugural show at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

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11. Dennis Hopper once owned Warhol's Mao, which he shot one evening in a fit of paranoia, the two bullet holes possibly adding to the print's value.

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12. One of the first art works Dennis Hopper owned was an early print of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans bought for US$75.

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13. Dennis Hopper began working as a painter and a poet as well as a collector of art in the 1960s as well, particularly Pop Art.

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14. Dennis Hopper played the part of record producer Ben Cendars in the Starz television series Crash, which lasted two seasons.

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15. Dennis Hopper appeared on the final two episodes of the cult 1991 television show Fishing with John with host John Lurie.

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16. Dennis Hopper portrayed villain Victor Drazen in the first season of the popular drama 24.

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17. Dennis Hopper appeared as a "crazed referee" in those ads.

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18. Dennis Hopper teamed with Nike in the early 1990s to make a series of television commercials.

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19. Dennis Hopper appeared as an arrogant young gunfighter, the Utah Kid, in the 1956 episode "Quicksand" of the first hour-long western television series Cheyenne, starring Clint Walker.

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20. Dennis Hopper debuted in an episode of the Richard Boone television series Medic in 1955, portraying a young epileptic.

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21. Dennis Hopper filmed scenes for The Other Side of the Wind in 1971, appearing as himself; after decades of legal, financial and technical delays, the film was finally released on Netflix in 2018.

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22. In 2003, Dennis Hopper was in the running for the dual lead in the indie horror drama Firecracker, but was ousted at the last minute in favor of Mike Patton.

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23. Dennis Hopper was unable to capitalize on his Easy Rider success for several years.

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24. Dennis Hopper became a stereotype for some male youths who rejected traditional jobs and traditional American culture, partly exemplified by Fonda's long sideburns and Hopper wearing shoulder-length hair and a long mustache.

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25. In 1968, Dennis Hopper teamed with Peter Fonda, Terry Southern and Jack Nicholson to make Easy Rider, which premiered in July 1969.

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26. Dennis Hopper had a supporting role as the bet-taker, "Babalugats", in Cool Hand Luke.

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27. Dennis Hopper acted in another John Wayne film, True Grit, and during its production he became well acquainted with Wayne.

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28. In 1961, Dennis Hopper played his first lead role in Night Tide, an atmospheric supernatural thriller involving a mermaid in an amusement park.

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29. Dennis Hopper forced Hathaway to shoot more than 80 takes of a scene over several days before he acquiesced to Hathaway's direction.

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30. Dennis Hopper was especially fond of the plays of William Shakespeare.

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31. Dennis Hopper struck up a friendship with actor Vincent Price, whose passion for art influenced Hopper's interest in art.

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32. Dennis Hopper was voted most likely to succeed at Helix High School, where he was active in the drama club, speech and choir.

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33. Dennis Hopper worked on various small projects until he found new fame for his role as the American photojournalist in Apocalypse Now.

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34. Dennis Hopper made his directorial film debut with Easy Rider, which he and co-star Peter Fonda wrote with Terry Southern.

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35. Dennis Hopper began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s.

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36. Dennis Hopper attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, and Giant (1956).

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