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RIP: Dennis Hopper (1936-2010)

RIP: Dennis Hopper (1936-2010)The word “icon” was invented for people like Dennis Hopper, and today we got the sad news that early this morning he lost his battle with prostate cancer at the age of 74.

USA Today has a comprehensive overview of Hopper’s life and career that’s fascinating reading for those unfamiliar with the man. For genre fans he’ll probably always best be known as Frank Booth in David Lynch’s groundbreaking 1986 film Blue Velvet, but he’s also left his mark in several other horror projects including a 1963 appearance in “The Twilight Zone” episode “He’s Alive”, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead, and House of 9.

For many of us of a certain age, however, Hopper will always be the quintessential anti-hero Billy from Easy Rider. For others he’ll be that hyper-manic photojournalist who rambles on about Marlon Brando’s nutty Col. Kurtz in 1979’s Apocalypse Now. Hopper leaves a legacy unmatched by many others, not only as it relates to cinema but also his outspoken, unpredictable personality.

Dennis Hopper died in Venice, California, surrounded by his family and friends. Our condolences go out to all of them.

In closing, here’s how Hopper himself once described his life and times: “I am just a middle-class farm boy from Dodge City, [Kansas], and my grandparents were wheat farmers. I thought painting, acting, directing, and photography were all part of being an artist. I have made my money that way. And I have had some fun. It’s not been a bad life.

RIP.

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  • DavidFullam

    He was one who can never be duplicated. A true original.

  • AngryChairr

    Here’s to your fuck, Frank.

  • Floydian Trip

    It was good to see him make the personal and professional comeback that he did. I just watched Easy Rider a couple of weeks ago.

  • LSD Zombie

    Aw man, a true cinema star is with us no longer….RIP Dennis. In honor of Dennis, I say, “Heineken?! Fuck that shit! Pabst Blue Ribbon!”

  • FireRam

    So you’re Sicilian,huh……….

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqccyUpnZwA

    R.I.P Dennis Hopper.

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  • LifeMi

    RIP, Mr. Hopper. You have left an indelible mark not only on the horror genre, but on all of cinema in general. We will all greatly miss you.

  • Didn’t See It Coming

    Now THIS is sad news. I really enjoyed him as an actor. So much so that I named a song from one of my bands after him.

    R.I.P. He deserves to be missed.

  • Terminal

    There never has been and never will be another man like Dennis Hopper ever again. No one will match his eccentricity, his wit, and his skill. There’s never been a more memorable character than his in “Apocalypse Now” or “Blue Velvet.” He even managed to keep “Land of the Dead” afloat. He was great in “Cool Hand Luke,” “Speed,” “Easy Rider,” and “The Sons of Katie Elder.”

    Incredible talent.

    RIP
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    • FireRam

      And his little part in “True Romance” was quite entertaining. Who could forget the scene with none other than Christopher Walken.

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      • Terminal

        Hopper was one of the few entertaining things about that movie. Oh yeah. I said it.
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        “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

        • Didn’t See It Coming

          If by “few” you mean the whole movie from start to finish you are correct.

          • Terminal

            No. That’s not what I meant. No. No.
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            “We are bad guys. That means we’ve got more to do other than bullying companies. It’s fun to lead a bad man’s life.”

  • Masked Slasher

    Such a shame.

    I’ll be watching Blue Velvet and TCM 2 sometime this weekend to remember the brilliant legacy left behind.

  • PelusaMG

    Another sad and sobering reminder that we are all mortal, and that life is to be lived and not wasted… R.I.P. Mr Hopper!

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  • Cash Bailey

    Dennis Hopper literally changed cinema.

    With the success of EASY RIDER the ailing studio system finally relinquished control of their productions over to a new breed of young, hungry film-makers. And what resulted was a decade of some of the greatest movies ever made.