Dennis Hopper

BirthDay:

17 May 1936

BirthPlace:

Dodge City, Kansas, USA

BirthName:

Dennis Lee Hopper

Bio:

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard Hopper. The young Hopper expressed interest in acting from a young age and first appeared in a slew of 1950s television series, including Medic (1954), Cheyenne (1955) and Sugarfoot (1957). His first film role was in Johnny Guitar (1954), which was quickly followed by roles in Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956) and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957). Hopper actually became good friends with James Dean and was shattered when Dean was killed in a car crash on September 30, 1955.

Hopper portrayed a young Napoléon Bonaparte (!) in the star-spangled The Story of Mankind (1957) and regularly appeared on screen throughout the 1960s, often in rather undemanding parts, usually as a villain in westerns such as True Grit (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). However, in early 1969, Hopper, fellow actor Peter Fonda and writer Terry Southern, wrote a counterculture road movie script and managed to scrape together $400,000 in financial backing. Hopper directed the low-budget film, titled Easy Rider (1969), starring Fonda, Hopper and a young Jack Nicholson. The film was a phenomenal box-office success, appealing to the anti-establishment youth culture of the times. It changed the Hollywood landscape almost overnight and major studios all jumped onto the anti-establishment bandwagon, pumping out low-budget films about rebellious hippies, bikers, draft dodgers and pot smokers. However, Hopper's next directorial effort, The Last Movie (1971), was a critical and financial failure, and he has admitted that during the 1970s he was seriously abusing various substances, both legal and illegal, which led to a downturn in the quality of his work. He appeared in a sparse collection of European-produced films over the next eight years, before cropping up in a memorable performance as a pot-smoking photographer alongside Marlon Brando and Martin Sheen in Francis Ford Coppola's Vietnam War epic Apocalypse Now (1979). He also received acclaim for his work in both acting and direction for Out of the Blue (1980).

With these two notable efforts, the beginning of the 1980s saw a renaissance of interest by Hollywood in the talents of Dennis Hopper and exorcising the demons of drugs and alcohol via a rehabilitation program meant a return to invigorating and provoking performances. He was superb in Rumble Fish (1983), co-starred in the tepid spy thriller The Osterman Weekend (1983), played a groovy school teacher in My Science Project (1985), was a despicable and deranged drug dealer in River's Edge (1986) and, most memorably, electrified audiences as foul-mouthed Frank Booth in the eerie and erotic David Lynch film Blue Velvet (1986). Interestingly, the offbeat Hopper was selected in the early 1980s to provide the voice of "The StoryTeller" in the animated series of "Rabbit Ears" children's films based upon the works of Hans Christian Andersen!

Hopper returned to film direction in the late 1980s and was at the helm of the controversial gang film Colors (1988), which was well received by both critics and audiences. He was back in front of the cameras for roles in Super Mario Bros. (1993), got on the wrong side of gangster Christopher Walken in True Romance (1993), led police officer Keanu Reeves and bus passenger Sandra Bullock on a deadly ride in Speed (1994) and challenged gill-man Kevin Costner for world supremacy in Waterworld (1995). The enigmatic Hopper has continued to remain busy through the 1990s and into the new century with performances in The Night We Called It a Day (2003), The Keeper (2004) and Land of the Dead (2005).

As well as his acting/directing talents, Hopper was a skilled photographer and painter, having had his works displayed in galleries in both the United States and overseas. He was additionally a dedicated and knowledgeable collector of modern art and has one of the most extensive collections in the United States. Dennis Hopper died of prostate cancer on May 29, 2010, less than two weeks after his 74th birthday.
Filmography

Actor ( 293 credits )

Sebring (2018) Himself
The Last Film Festival (2016) Nick Twain - Producer
Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014) Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright (archive footage) (uncredited)
Llyn Foulkes One Man Band (2013) Himself
HOPPER: In His Own Words (2012) Himself (archive footage)
Welcome to the Basement (2012)  Deacon (archive footage) (1 episode, 2015)
Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel (2011) Max (archive footage) (uncredited)
On the Trail of Easy Rider: 40 Years On... Still Searching for America (2011)  Himself (unknown episodes)
Alpha and Omega (2010) Tony (voice)
Beautiful Darling (2010) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
No me la puc treure del cap (2010)  Billy (archive footage) (1 episode, 2012)
In the Lines of My Hand (2010)
Stardust (2010) Himself (uncredited)
Ferlinghetti: A Rebirth of Wonder (2009) Himself
Palermo Shooting (2008) Frank
Shooting Palermo (2008) Himself
Chelsea on the Rocks (2008) Himself
An American Carol (2008) Judge
Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation! (2008) Himself
Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero (2008) Himself
Generation 68 (2008) Himself
Swing Vote (2008) Donald Greenleaf
House of Harrington (2008) (archive footage)
Elegy (2008) George O'Hearn
The Cool School (2008) Himself
Tim Leary: The Art of Dying (2008) Narrator (voice)
Bananaz (2008) Himself
Sleepwalking (2008) Mr. Reedy
Hell Ride (2008) Eddie Zero
Crash (2008)  Ben Cendars (26 episodes, 2008-2009)
No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos (2008) Himself
By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston (2007) Himself
The Graham Norton Show (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness (2007)  Kaufman / ... (archive footage) (2 episodes, 2009-2013
Buzz: AT&T Original Documentaries (2007)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
3055 Jean Leon (2006)
Hoboken Hollow (2006) Sheriff Greer
Memory (2006) Max Lichtenstein
10th & Wolf (2006) Matty Matello
Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi (2006) Narrator (voice)
The Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose (2006) Himself
Ce soir (ou jamais!) (2006)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Midnight Movies: From the Margin to the Mainstream (2005) Himself (archive footage)
House of 9 (2005) Father Duffy
Land of the Dead (2005) Kaufman
The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) El Niño
Champion (2005) Himself
Los Angeles (2005) Himself
Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern (2005) Himself
Americano (2005) Riccardo
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005)  Himself (4 episodes, 2005-2008)
E-Ring (2005)  Col. Eli McNulty (23 episodes, 2005-2006)
20 to 1 (2005)  Babalugats / ... (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
Autobiography (2005)  Himself
Howard Stern on Demand (2005)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Inside Deep Throat (2005) Narrator (voice)
The Keeper (2004) Krebs
Out of Season (2004) Harry Barlow
Tell Them Who You Are (2004) Himself
Legacy (2004) CHP Officer
Entourage (2004)  Dennis Hopper (1 episode, 2007)
Tavis Smiley (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2007)
Le grand journal de Canal+ (2004)  Himself (2 episodes, 2008-2010)
10 Things Every Guy Should Experience (2004)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
To Shoot a Mad-Dog (2003) Himself
The Night We Called It a Day (2003) Frank Sinatra
New Scenes from America (2003) Himself - Actor
A Decade Under the Influence (2003) Himself
Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood (2003) Himself
Las Vegas (2003)  Jon Castille (1 episode, 2004)
Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005-2008)
Shootout (2003)  Himself (2 episodes, 2006-2007)
The Piano Player (2002) Robert Nile
Leo (2002) Horace
I Don't Know Jack (2002) Himself
1 Giant Leap (2002) Himself
Unspeakable (2002) Warden Earl Blakely
Last Call with Carson Daly (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
V Graham Norton (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Flatland (2002)  Smith (22 episodes, 2002)
Venice: Lost and Found (2002)
Knockaround Guys (2001) Benny Chains
Ticker (2001) Alex Swan
L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve (2001) Captain Elsworth
Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton (2001) Himself
Choke (2001) Henry Clark
24 (2001)  Victor Drazen (5 episodes, 2002)
On the Record with Bob Costas (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2004)
The Movie Loft (2001)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
Luck of the Draw (2000) Giani Ponti
The Prophet's Game (2000) Vincent Swan
Held for Ransom (2000) JD
The Apostate (2000) Lewis Garou
The Spreading Ground (2000) Det. Ed DeLongpre
Lured Innocence (2000) Rick Chambers
Straight Shooter (1999) Frank Hector
Bad City Blues (1999) Cleveland Carter
Me and Will (1999) Easy Rider clip (archive footage)
The Venice Project (1999) Roland / Salvatore
Jesus' Son (1999) Bill
Edtv (1999) Henry 'Hank' Pekurny
The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation (1999) William S. Burroughs
The Directors (1999)  Himself (2 episodes, 2003)
Meet the Deedles (1998) Frank Slater
E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
The Howard Stern Radio Show (1998)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Welcome to Hollywood (1998) Himself
Top of the World (1997) Charles Atlas
Road Ends (1997) Sheriff Ben Gilchrist
The Blackout (1997) Mickey Wayne
Who Is Henry Jaglom? (1997) Himself
Cannes Man (1997) Himself
The Good Life (1997) Mr. Golf
King of the Hill (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
The View (1997)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Cartoon Sushi (1997) (1 episode, 1997)
Tracks (1997)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
The Last Days of Frankie the Fly (1996) Frankie
Basquiat (1996) Bruno Bischofberger
Carried Away (1996) Joseph Svenden
Space Truckers (1996) John Canyon
The Rosie O'Donnell Show (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Sex, Censorship and the Silver Screen (1996)  Quote Reader (2 episodes, 1996)
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
Scene by Scene (1996) (1 episode, 2001)
Caiga quien caiga (1996)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
E! True Hollywood Story (1996)  Himself (2 episodes, 1999-2008)
Waterworld (1995) Deacon
Search and Destroy (1995) Dr. Luther Waxling
MADtv (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 2000)
Very Important Pennis (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Die Harald Schmidt Show (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1999)
Lo + plus (1995)  Himself (1 episode, 1998)
Speed (1994) Howard Payne
Chasers (1994) Doggie
Inside the Actors Studio (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Dennis Miller Live (1994)  Himself (1 episode, 1997)
True Romance (1993) Clifford Worley
Super Mario Bros. (1993) King Koopa
Boiling Point (1993) Rudolph 'Red' Diamond
Red Rock West (1993) Lyle
Late Show with David Letterman (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1996)
Intimate Portrait (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
Tal cual (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 1993)
WWF Raw (1993)  Himself - Audience Member (1 episode, 2001)
Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993)  Himself (1 episode, 2008)
The Revenge of the Dead Indians (1993) Himself
Peter Przygodda, Schnittmeister (1993) Himself
Sunset Heat (1992) Carl Madson
HBO First Look (1992)  Himself - Host (1 episode, 1994)
Gomorron (1992)  Himself - Om hans liv (1 episode, 2010)
Schneeweißrosenrot (1991) Himself
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991) Himself
Eye of the Storm (1991) Marvin Gladstone
The Indian Runner (1991) Caesar
Picture This: The Times of Peter Bogdanovich in Archer City, Texas (1991) Himself
Paris Trout (1991) Paris Trout
Días de cine (1991)  Himself (1 episode, 2010)
Charlie Rose (1991)  Himself - Guest / ... (3 episodes, 1994-2008)
Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol (1990) Himself
Hollywood Mavericks (1990) Himself (uncredited)
Catchfire (1990) Milo
Flashback (1990) Huey Walker
Chattahoochee (1989) Walker Benson
Blood Red (1989) William Bradford Berrigan
Live with Kelly and Michael (1988)  Himself (3 episodes, 1990-2008)
Forever James Dean (1988) Goon (alternative 'Rebel Without a Cause' footage) (unc
Running Out of Luck (1987) Video Director
The Pick-up Artist (1987) Flash Jensen
Black Widow (1987) Ben Dumers
Biography (1987)  Himself (6 episodes, 1993-2002)
Seitenblicke (1987)  Himself (1 episode, 2002)
The American Way (1986) The Captain
Straight to Hell (1986) I.G. Farben
River's Edge (1986) Feck
Hoosiers (1986) Shooter
Blue Velvet (1986) Frank Booth
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986) Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright
My Science Project (1985) Bob Roberts
O.C. and Stiggs (1985) Sponson
American Masters (1985)  Himself / ... (4 episodes, 1999-2006)
Larry King Live (1985)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
A Hero of Our Time (1985) (uncredited)
Slagskämpen (1984) Miller
Cinema 3 (1984)  Himself (3 episodes, 1992-2010)
White Star (1983) Kenneth Barlow
The Osterman Weekend (1983) Richard Tremayne
Rumble Fish (1983) Father
Human Highway (1982) Cracker / Stranger
Late Night with David Letterman (1982)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections (1982) Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Reborn (1981) Rev. Tom Hartley
King of the Mountain (1981) Cal
Entertainment Tonight (1981)  Himself (5 episodes, 2007-2010)
Out of the Blue (1980) Don
Bloodbath (1979) Chicken
Apocalypse Now (1979) Photojournalist
Last In, First Out (1978) Medford
Apocalypse Now: The Workprint (1978) Photojournalist (uncredited)
Flesh Color (1978) Mel, le photographe
The Sorceror's Apprentice (1977) A spy
The American Friend (1977) Tom Ripley
Tracks (1977) 1st Sgt. Jack Falen
Hollywood Greats (1977)  Himself (2 episodes, 2005)
Mad Dog Morgan (1976) Daniel Morgan
Saturday Night Live (1975)  Himself - Host / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1990)
Good Morning America (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1990)
Arena (1975)  Presenter (1 episode, 2000)
Les rendez-vous du dimanche (1975)  Himself (1 episode, 1976)
Kid Blue (1973) Bickford Waner
Crush Proof (1972)
The Last Movie (1971) Kansas
The American Dreamer (1971) Himself - The American Dreamer
The Festival Game (1970)
Easy Rider (1969) Billy
True Grit (1969) Moon
The Johnny Cash Show (1969)  Himself - Singer (1 episode, 1970)
The David Frost Show (1969)  Himself (2 episodes, 1970-1971)
Head (1968) Himself (uncredited)
Hang 'Em High (1968) The Prophet
Panic in the City (1968) Goff
The Glory Stompers (1967) Chino
Cool Hand Luke (1967) Babalugats
The Trip (1967) Max
The Guns of Will Sonnett (1967)  Vern Reed (1 episode, 1967)
Luke (1967) Himself
Queen of Blood (1966) Paul Grant
The Time Tunnel (1966)  Passenger (uncredited) (1 episode, 1966)
Screen Test #3 (1966) Himself (uncredited)
Screen Test #4 (1966) Himself (uncredited)
The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) Dave Hastings
Screen Test #2 (1965) Himself (uncredited)
Screen Test #1 (1965) Himself (uncredited)
The Big Valley (1965)  Jimmy Sweetwater / ... (2 episodes, 1967)
The Dean Martin Comedy Hour (1965)  Himself (1 episode, 1972)
The Legend of Jesse James (1965)  Jud Salt (1 episode, 1966)
Convoy (1965)  Roger Small (1 episode, 1965)
Court Martial (1965)  Cpl. Jack Winston (1 episode, 1965)
The Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys (1964)
Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of (1964)
Screen Test: Dennis Hopper (1964) Dennis Hopper
Petticoat Junction (1963)  Alan Landman (1 episode, 1964)
The Lieutenant (1963)  Cpl. Peter Devlin (1 episode, 1964)
Arrest and Trial (1963)  Coley Mitchum (1 episode, 1964)
The Dakotas (1963)  Ross Kendrick (1 episode, 1963)
The Greatest Show on Earth (1963)  Rhymer (1 episode, 1963)
Espionage (1963)  Ferno (1 episode, 1963)
Combat! (1962)  Zack Fielder (1 episode, 1967)
Night Tide (1961) Johnny Drake
The Defenders (1961)  Alfred Carter Jr. / ... (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
87th Precinct (1961)  Andrew Mason (1 episode, 1961)
The Investigators (1961)  Adrian Brewster (1 episode, 1961)
Key Witness (1960) William 'Cowboy' Tomkins
Surfside 6 (1960)  Trask (1 episode, 1962)
The Barbara Stanwyck Show (1960)  Gerald Collins (1 episode, 1960)
Here's Hollywood (1960)  Himself (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
The Young Land (1959) Hatfield Carnes
Twilight Zone (1959)  Peter Vollmer (1 episode, 1963)
Bonanza (1959)  Dev Farnum (1 episode, 1964)
The Betty Hutton Show (1959)  Mike (1 episode, 1960)
From Hell to Texas (1958) Tom Boyd
The Rifleman (1958)  Johnny Clover / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Naked City (1958)  Vinnie Winford (1 episode, 1961)
Decision (1958)  Joey Redman Jr. (1 episode, 1958)
Pursuit (1958) (1 episode, 1958)
Sayonara (1957) MP in Kelly's House / MP at Tokyo Airport (voice) (uncr
The Story of Mankind (1957) Napoleon Bonaparte
The James Dean Story (1957) Himself - 'Giant' premiere footage (uncredited)
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) Billy Clanton
Wagon Train (1957)  Emmett Lawton (1 episode, 1963)
Sugarfoot (1957)  Billy the Kid (1 episode, 1957)
Giant (1956) Jordan Benedict III
Zane Grey Theater (1956)  Denny Sunrise / ... (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Conflict (1956)  Ed Novak (2 episodes, 1957)
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour (1956)  Pauly (1 episode, 1956)
'Giant' Stars Are Off to Texas (1955) Himself (uncredited)
I Died a Thousand Times (1955) Joe (uncredited)
Rebel Without a Cause (1955) Goon
Gunsmoke (1955)  Billy Kimbo (1 episode, 1965)
Cheyenne (1955)  Abe Larson / ... (2 episodes, 1956-1957)
The Millionaire (1955)  Adam Spencer (1 episode, 1960)
Matinee Theatre (1955) (1 episode, 1956)
Screen Directors Playhouse (1955)  Steve Redman (1 episode, 1956)
Kings Row (1955)  Tod Monaghan (1 episode, 1956)
Medic (1954)  Robert (1 episode, 1955)
The Lineup (1954)  Leighton (1 episode, 1959)
Public Defender (1954)  Frank Terry (1 episode, 1955)
General Electric Theater (1953)  Fred Judson (1 episode, 1962)
The Loretta Young Show (1953)  Ross Morton (1 episode, 1955)
Today (1952)  Himself (1 episode, 1994)
Cavalcade of America (1952) (1 episode, 1954)
Lux Video Theatre (1950)  Steven, at 18 (1 episode, 1957)
Studio One in Hollywood (1948)  David Williams / ... (2 episodes, 1958)

Writer ( 5 credits )

Pashmy Dream (2008) (written by)
Out of the Blue (1980)
The Last Movie (1971) (story) and
The American Dreamer (1971)
Easy Rider (1969) (written by) &

Director ( 9 credits )

Pashmy Dream (2008)
Homeless (2000)
Chasers (1994)
The Hot Spot (1990)
Catchfire (1990) (as Alan Smithee)
Colors (1988)
Out of the Blue (1980)
The Last Movie (1971)
Easy Rider (1969)