RIP Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper died yesterday from a long battle with prostate cancer. He was also one of the most dynamic American iconoclasts. For film nerds only, check out this amazing clip reel, produced by the Museum of the Moving Image,  of Hopper’s oeuvre, including his roles in Easy Rider, Giant, Apocalypse NowBlue Velvet, True Romance and Hoosiers, just to name a few:

I have to say, 1986, was Hopper’s year, with great performances in Blue Velvet, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Hoosiers and River’s Edge. The LA Times writes about the posthumous tribute effect, when celebrities die leaving work still in the pipeline, i.e. Heath Ledger with his final role as the Joker in The Dark Knight and The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus. In Hopper’s case, it’s voice work in the animated film Alpha & Omega. Let’s hope it doesn’t turn out like Orson Welles final role, as the voice of the planet eater Unicron in Transformers: The Movie.

I particularly liked him in his manic roles, like this little seen Ozploitation flick, Mad Dog Morgan. [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GzfwI9fhA3I&NR=1[/youtube] Hopper went through many highs and lows in his very long career, but he always kept it interesting.  RIP, Mr. Hopper.

3 thoughts on “RIP Dennis Hopper

  1. What an actor! I think the first time I saw Hopper was in RIVER’S EDGE–holy shit, him and the blow-up doll–I’d never seen anything like that before.

    Now that I think about it, Hopper gave me my first paid Hollywood paycheck in a way. I was a kid and Hopper was shooting COLORS (which he directed) on the block where a buddy lived. We hung out watching Hopper directing Sean Penn and Robert Duvall as they confronted a bunch of gangbangers. Hopper saw us, came over, gave us each a twenty if we’d watch the cables that were taped to the floor and make sure no one tripped over them. My friend and I couldn’t believe our luck and we took our job very seriously. No one tripped over the cables that day.

  2. My favorite character he played was “Huey Walker” in Flashback(1990)..

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