Dennis Hopper

American actor and director (1936–2010)

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, movie director, and photographer. He has appeared in many movies and television shows, since the 1950s.

Dennis Hopper
Dennis Lee Hopper

(1936-05-17)May 17, 1936
DiedMay 29, 2010(2010-05-29) (aged 74)
Resting placeRanchos de Taos, New Mexico, U.S.
EducationHelix High School
Alma materActors Studio
  • Actor
  • movie director
  • photographer
  • painter
Years active1954–2010
(m. 1961; div. 1969)
(m. 1970; div. 1970)
(m. 1972; div. 1976)
(m. 1989; div. 1992)
Victoria Duffy
(m. 1996; sep. 2010)

Early life


Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas.[1] He spent his life in Kansas City, Missouri and in San Diego, California. Hopper studied to be an actor at Helix High School and at the Actors' Studio. Hopper has two brothers.



Hopper is probably best known for directing, co-writing, and starring in the Oscar-nominated movie Easy Rider (1969). In 1994, Hopper had a role in the thriller movie Speed. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Personal life


Hopper was married to Brooke Hayward from 1961 until they divorced in 1969. Hopper was then married to Michelle Phillips from 1970 until they divorced weeks later. He was married to Daria Halprin from 1972 until they divorced. He was later married to Katherine LaNasa from 1989 until they divorced in 1992. Hopper was married to Victoria Duffy from 1998 until they divorced in 2010, months before his death. Hopper had 3 daughters and a son.



Hopper once insulted actor Rip Torn after he said "Texans are hippie-hatting rednecks" and was sued for a total of $475,000 dollars.[2]

Illness and death


On October 29, 2009, his manager announced that Hopper had prostate cancer. He was terminally ill.[3] He died of the disease on May 29, 2010 in Venice, California. He was 74. He was buried at Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. Alpha and Omega was his last movie and was dedicated to his memory.


  1. "Jack Nicholson pays tribute to 'soul mate' Dennis Hopper". The Daily Telegraph. London. June 2, 2010.
  2. "No Easy Ride for Hopper Over Rip Torn's Lawsuit". LA April 5, 1998. Retrieved October 1, 2013.
  3. "Dennis Hopper's cancer terminal". Archived from the original on 2010-02-17. Retrieved 2010-02-19.

Other websites


  Media related to Dennis Hopper at Wikimedia Commons