Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dennis Hopper: 1936 - 2010

Dennis Hopper has passed away.

I am nowhere near being close to having seen all of this movies. Lord knows he was in a lot of clunkers. But many were magnificent. Of those I have seen, some of them profoundly affected me in one way or another: namely, Easy Rider and Apocalypse Now. Besides being great movies, they are landmark movies of the time when I was growing up. I am sad that he is gone.

May he rest in peace.

If you'd like to post something about your favorite Dennnis Hopper movie, please do so.











6 comments:

Barry Traylor said...

Damn. I knew it was coming but I was hoping for the best. Dennis Hopper as he aged seemed like an elder statesman for Hollywood. In a time when some actors show up on Leno or Letterman looking like a rag picker Dennis was always well dressed and articulate. Going to miss him.

Walker Martin said...

I like Dennis Hopper's *crazy* movies like BLUE VELVET. But I guess my real favorites are the ones he directed: EASY RIDER, THE HOT SPOT, COLORS, and LAST MOVIE. He easily could have had a career as a director.

Cap'n Bob Napier said...

I remember him as a juvenile actor in many old movies and TV shows, including some beach movies. That he was able to grow as an actor and as a person gave me a lot of satisfaction. The jackals fighting over his estate even before he died was a disgrace.

Ron Scheer said...

I haven't gone yet to imdb, but I'm guessing the list of his credits is extensive. Watching Gunfight at the OK Corral recently I was surprised to see him playing the youngest Clanton boy. He gets a couple scenes with Burt Lancaster, who tries to persuade him to go straight, but he remains true to the family and is shot on the day of the shootout. Hopper unfortunately had a well-earned reputation in Hollywood for being extremely difficult to work with, which had no small effect on his career.

Laurie Powers said...

If you all want to read a good essay on Hopper, read this one. This writer was going to write the authorized bio, until something happened.

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-et-0530-hopper-appreciation-20100530,0,906045.story

Randy Johnson said...

Easy Rider was the first time he ever really made an impression on me. You know how it is, watching something you saw so many years back and realizing somebody now famous was there. Easy Rider made me aware of Hopper.