Dennis Hopper Overview:

Legendary actor, Dennis Hopper, was born Dennis Lee Hopper on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, KS. Hopper died at the age of 74 on May 29, 2010 in Venice Beach, CA and was laid to rest in Jesus Nazareno Cemetery in Ranchos de Taos, Taos County, NM.


Light-haired, sharp-featured American actor, distantly related to Hedda and William Hopper. Began as bad brothers and whining, wild-eyed psychopaths, then graduated to hippie heroes. Took the world by storm with Easy Rider and, although his pet project The Last Movie was less successful, he scored a directing hit with Colors in 1987. Oscar nominee for Hoosiers. In the 1990s, a series of sadistic, eye-catching villains brought his career full circle. Five times married.

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Although Hopper was nominated for one Oscar, he never won a competitive Academy Award.

Academy Awards

YearAwardFilm nameRoleResult
1986Best Supporting ActorHoosiers (1986)ShooterNominated

He was honored with one star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in the category of Motion Pictures.

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Book Review--I Blame : And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies

By KC on Dec 10, 2015 From Classic Movies

I Blame : And Other Stories From a Life Lived In and Out of the Movies Illeana Douglas Flatiron Books, 2015 When I picked up I Blame , my plan was to read it for fun and not write a review for once. But I couldn't do that. It's a hilarious book, impossible to put down. Peo... Read full article

I Blame

on Sep 28, 2015 From Journeys in Classic Film

Actress, director, and friend of TCM Illeana Douglas describes herself – and has been described by others – as one both inside and outside of the movies. It’s a privileged position, to be sure, being both the granddaughter of one of the golden era’s stars (Melvyn Douglas), an... Read full article

(May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010)

By Dawn on May 29, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

, was an actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became a student of the Actors Studio. He made his first television performance in 1955, and performed in two films with James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper performed on t... Read full article


By Jnpickens on May 29, 2010 From Comet Over Hollywood

, Nick Adams and Natalie Wood I have to admit, I haven’t seen many of his movies. Mr. Hopper is best known for his late 1960s and 1970s ?”Easy Rider” like persona and continued on into the 1980s and 1990s with a long and successful film career. He was nominated for his... Read full article

is Honored.

By Dawn on Mar 27, 2010 From Noir and Chick Flicks

A frail 73 year old , was surrounded by friends and family, Friday, March 26,1010, as he was honored with a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The two-time Oscar nominee, has appeared in more than 100 films. Jack Nicholson, Viggo Mortensen, David Lynch and Dwight Yoakam were on hand to ... Read full article

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Dennis Hopper Quotes:

Billy Clanton: I don't know why I get into gunfights. I guess sometimes I just get lonely.

Moon: Quincy, he never played me false until he killed me.

Billy: [after being flaked off by a motel manager] You asshole!

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Dennis Hopper Facts
Hopper is quoted in the book "Marilyn Beck's Hollywood" (1973) as saying that the Manson Massacre of Sharon Tate and friends was the backlash from a sex and drugs party the week previously, in which a drug dealer was tied up and whipped before a crowd for selling "bad dope" to the residents of 10050 Cielo Drive. As can be seen by Rip Torn's success in prosecuting a defamation suit against Hopper in the 1990s, he is not the most reliable witness to history.

Dennis and Victoria Duffy Hopper's first child, daughter Galen Grier Hopper, was born on March 26, 2003 in Los Angeles, California.

Father of Marin Hopper, born June 26th 1962, with Brooke Hayward.

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