Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010. Farewell, Film Rebel

Hollywood has lost one of its greatest screen icons. Dennis Hopper, who starred in such classic films as Speed, Rebel Without a Cause and Easy Rider—which he also wrote and directed—died yesterday at his Los Angeles home after a long battle with prostate cancer.

But less that two years ago, he was upbeat as could be about his greatest love—acting.

Dennis: Respected fellow scribes.

Dennis: Respected fellow scribes.

“This is a cable show, so we don’t have the censorship that other people have,” he told our TV Talk host, Shaun Daily, of Crash—the Starz series spun off from the 2004 Paul Haggis-directed flick of the same name.

“And it’s really so well written. Bobby Moresco and the guys who wrote the original that won the Academy Award are writing it.

“I just started shooting it this last week, and we did the first episode-and the writing is just great. It’s a great character I’m playing.”

To hear Dennis’ interview, click here.

4 thoughts on “Dennis Hopper: 1936-2010. Farewell, Film Rebel

  1. Lenny Campbell

    A great loss didn’t know he was sick. played some great characters. very sad. rip dennis. my deepest condolences to his friends and family.

  2. Simon Applebaum

    Turned out Crash was Dennis Hopper’s final TV role of his career. FYI: He made his TV debut back in 1954 on the pioneering TV drama series Medic, playing an epileptic teenager. A year after that breakthrough guest-starring appearance, Hopper broke through in films with Rebel Without A Cause. For Dennis Hopper, TV was his introduction to a national audience as well as his career swan-song.
    Rest in peace, Dennis.

    Simon Applebaum
    Producer/Host, Tomorrow Will Be Televised
    (Mondays/Fridays at 3 p.m. ET/noon, PT on BlogTalk Radio)

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    Dennis Hopper will always be remembered for his great acting. It’s very sad and a great loss. Not just for the movie industry but in general as he was a man of integrity. His most rememorable movie for me is Easy rider.

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