There are few on this earth who are true Hollywood legends and Dennis Hopper was one of them. The actor lost his long battle with prostrate cancer on Saturday, passing away surrounded by friends and family.
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Hopper has been a huge part of Hollywood since he defined an entire generation by writing, directing and starring in Easy Rider
, a movie that cost $400,000 to make and grossed over $40 million worldwide. It was this film that singlehandedly changed the film industry completely for an entire decade (Jaws
and Star Wars
ended the trend for smaller budget, safer return pictures).
Hopper's early work includes Rebel Without a Cause
, True Grit
and Cool Hand Luke
. He was known on set for being a hotheaded rebel not afraid to refuse roles or challenge directors, famously feuding with director Henry Hathaway on From Hell to Texas
His career includes a hugely scattered list of credits, including B-movies like Planet of Blood
and The Trip
, action flicks Speed
, critically acclaimed turns in Basquiat
and probably his best known roles as villains in classics like Blue Velvet
, River's Edge
and Land of the Dead
He will be missed.