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I was Dennis Hopper's henchman | Alex Cox

3 June 2010 2:29 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

For a time in California, Alex Cox was Dennis Hopper's No 4 henchman. He recalls the director's brilliance and breakdowns – and how John Wayne once tried to kill him

Two nights ago, I had a wake for Dennis Hopper with my wife, Tod, and watched Giant. I also asked Cecilia Montiel, a production designer who lives on the same street as Dennis, to put some flowers on his gate. When I heard he was dying, I phoned a couple of times, spoke to the people in the office, and asked them to give Dennis my best regards. The last time I called, I talked to a lady who was either a nurse or the maid. She told me he was sleeping.

I'd like to have seen the old man before he went. In the late 1980s, I was Dennis Hopper's henchman, for a while. Dennis had several henchmen; I »

- Alex Cox

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E-Ring: Actor Dennis Hopper Dies at 74

1 June 2010 12:07 PM, PDT | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Actor Dennis Hopper passed away on Saturday following a battle with prostate cancer. He was 74 years old and died in his home in Los Angeles.

Primarily known for his work in film, Hopper appeared in two movies with James Dean, Rebel without a Cause and Giant, while still in his teens. He went on to act in several notable films, including Cool Hand Luke, True Grit, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, Speed, and The Indian Runner. He also directed and starred in several pictures like Easy Rider, Out of the Blue, and Catchfire.

Still, he also left his mark in television. He started there in the 1950's and guest-starred in more than a hundred shows like The Twilight Zone, Petticoat Junction, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Big Valley, and Justice.

Hopper had memorable runs on 24 as evil Victor »


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Dennis Hopper obituary

30 May 2010 7:38 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Hell-raising actor and director who created memorable roles in films from Easy Rider to Blue Velvet

Dennis Hopper, who has died of cancer aged 74, was one of Hollywood's great modern outlaws. His persona, on and off the screen, signified the lost idealism of the 1960s. There were stages in Hopper's career when he was deemed unemployable because of his reputation as a hell-raiser and his substance abuse. However, he made spectacular comebacks and managed to kick his dependence on alcohol and cocaine.

Born in Dodge City, Kansas, Hopper, whose father was a post-office manager and mother a lifeguard instructor, expressed an interest in painting and acting at a young age. While still in his teens, he appeared in repertory at Pasadena Playhouse, California, and studied acting with Dorothy McGuire and John Swope at the Old Globe theatre, San Diego.

The year of his 19th birthday, 1955, was extraordinary. Not only did »

- Ronald Bergan

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Easy-Riding Screen Legend Dennis Hopper Dies at Age 74

29 May 2010 12:54 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – Beloved actor and legendary easy rider Dennis Hopper lost his long battle with prostate cancer this morning at age 74. With a career spanning over the last half-century, Hopper is best known for directing, co-writing and co-starring in 1969’s counterculture classic “Easy Rider”. The script awarded Hopper his first of two Oscar nominations (the other he received for his memorable supporting role in 1987’s “Hoosiers”).

Dennis Hopper

The Hollywood icon died at his home in Venice Beach, Calif., on Saturday, May 29th, from complications due to prostate cancer. He was reportedly surrounded by his children at the time of his death. Hopper was diagnosed with the disease in late 2009, and by March of this year, the cancer had metastasized to his bones. That same month, Hopper made his last public appearance when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hopper began his career in television, and appeared »

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Dennis Hopper: The American Dreamer

11 April 2010 11:08 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

Dennis Hopper's recent announcement of terminal cancer jump-started a long-overdue appreciation of his art and life. He got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame last month (finally), and newspaper and blog appreciations are starting to pop up, focusing mainly on Hopper the performer. That makes sense: Hopper's career spanned a half-century's worth of theater, cinema, TV and recorded music; his list of collaborators stretches from Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne through Kiefer Sutherland and Gorillaz.

Still, one hopes descriptions of Hopper's directorial career don't start and end with "Easy Rider." Hopper's 1969 debut is notable for its alternately ecstatic and lacerating portrait of the counterculture, the then-unusual use of pre-existing pop songs for its soundtrack, adventurous editing and its status as the first independently financed feature to become a mainstream smash. But there's more to his directorial résumé than philosophical bikers.

Although he directed just seven features ("Easy Rider, »

- Matt Zoller Seitz

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