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 Now, Blue 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.