Sunday, May 30, 2010

Dennis Hopper Dies at 74

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

Family friend Alex Hitz says Hopper died on 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.

source : kompas

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