Green Celebrity Death: Who was actor Dennis Hopper, really?

Who is Dennis Hopper?

R.I.P. Dennis Hopper — Lost in 2010 to Prostate Cancer…

[Jan. 31]

Actor Dennis Hopper was honored in a film montage at the 2011 SAG Awards January 30, 2011.

Younger fans remember Dennis Hopper the most for his work as the mad bomber retired from the police force in the movie SPEED. He co-starred with green celebrities Sandra Bullock and Keanu Reeves.

His trademark was playing the bad guy — and in SPEED, Hopper played one of the most memorable villains of them all. However, he was also well-known and will be long remembered for his roles in blockbuster Hollywood movies like Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Waterworld and Hoosiers — all of which earned him a variety of awards nominations.

Other film credits included the original movie version of the John Wayne Western film classic True Grit (currently revisited as a movie remake with actors Matt Damon and Jeff Bridges), Rebel Without A Cause (with deceased actor James Dean), and Hang ‘Em High.

In addition to being an actor, green celebrity Dennis Hopper was also well-known for his skills as a photographer and patron of the arts.

Hopper’s art photographs are of special note: his works were already shown as photography exhibits at Fort Worth, Denver, Wichita, Cochran, and Spileto art museums, as well as the Parco Gallery and in the cities of Tokyo, Osaka and Kumatomo, Japan.

Regarding his start as a photographer, IMDb says, “James Dean learned [Hopper] had an interest in photography when they worked together, and encouraged him to pursue it as an alternative to just being an actor. Hopper published a book of photos in the late 1980s, including pictures of stars he’d known, and thanked Dean.”

Well liked, the hashtag was used at the time of the WWII Generation members death to share memories of the star is #RIPDennisHopper. He was a well known philanthropist and general rabble-rouser in Hollywood who leaned on the green side of politics.

Bio and life history details about Dennis Hopper include the following facts from IMDb and the Celebrity Property Examiner:

1. Who is Dennis Hopper? Dennis Hopper was a well known and well respected Hollywood actor who regularly starred with A List and All-Star casts for more than 5 decades of film credits.
2. When was Dennis Hopper Born? May 17, 1936
3. Where was Dennis Hopper Born? Dodge CIty, Kansas
4. How tall was Dennis Hopper? 5’9″
5. What was Dennis Hoper’s full name? Dennis Lee Hopper
6. What did Dennis Hopper die from? Prostate Cancer
7. What Awards has Dennis Hopper won over the years? While Hopper won an assortment of awards over the years, he earned more than 20 nominations. Fans expect he will be honored posthumously with more lifetime achievement awards from the various actors guilds and film awards. He has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame already.
8. What did Dennis Hopper want to be when he grew up? An actor — he started starring on television as a young man in the 1950s.
9. Was Dennis Hopper married? Yes — to Victoria Duffy. The couple were embroiled in bitter divorce proceedings at the time of his death. They have one child together and married back in 1996. Ex-wives include Katherine LaNasa (1989-1992 — 1 child), Daria Halprin (1972-1976 — 1 child), Michelle Phillipps (1970 – 1970 — no children), Brooke Hayward (1961-1969 — 1 child).
10. Best quote: Like all artists I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation.” — Dennis Hopper, 1997
11. Quote on being a recovering addict: “I’ve been sober now for 18 years. With all the , psychedelics and narcotics I did, I was [really] an alcoholic. Honestly, I only used to do cocaine so I could sober up and drink more. My last five years of drinking was a nightmare. I was drinking a half-gallon of rum with a fifth of rum on the side, in case I ran out, 28 beers a day, and three grams of cocaine just to keep me moving around. And I thought I was doing fine because I wasn’t crawling around drunk on the floor.” — Dennis Hopper, 2001
12. Where did Dennis Hopper live? Hopper split most of his time between New York City, California, and Wilmington, North Carolina.
13. Where did Dennis Hopper die? At his celebrity home in Venice, California — see Virtual Map to Celebrity Real Estate. The house itself was known to be a radical architectural statement, and is in itself, a tourist attraction on many star maps. TMZ reports his family was by his side when he passed away from complications related to prostate cancer.
14. Celebrity Luxury Lifestyle Trivia: Dennis Hopper was a cigar aficionado. He also is on the list of the Top 100 collectors of modern art.

Hopper had many friends in Hollywood, and all agree with his fans that the actor will be sorely missed.

Please leave your memorial remarks of thanks to the recently deceased celebrity in the comments section below, including a mention of any favorite movie role contributions you remember him making — as Hopper expressed a desire in life to be remembered in death for his work.