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Dennis Hopper

Dennis Hopper


5/17/1936, Dodge City, Kansas, USA



Birth Name

Dennis Lee Hopper



Also Known As

Alan Smithee
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Dennis Hopper was an American actor and director who was nominated for two Academy Awards. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, in 1936, Hopper's father moved his family to San Diego, CA, where the teenager studied acting at the city's Old Globe Theatre. Hopper soon transferred his studies to…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Hopper has appeared in over 150 films.

    • Dennis Hopper originally had Ed Harris's role in The Truman Show. He states that he was fired the first day. He claims that this was the first and only time that he had ever been fired.

    • Hopper has had a second career as a photographer since the 1960's. He has photographed portraits, movie sets, bands, and many other types of media.

    • Hopper was awarded the Santa Monica Film Festival's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003.

    • In 1983 Hopper entered a drug rehabilitation program, spent time in a state institution, and cured himself of his addictions.

    • He starred as an aging freebase-addled rock star in the low-budget Neil Young-Dean Stockwell collaboration, Human Highway, with the new wave group, Devo. Production was often delayed by his unreliable behavior.

    • He won acclaim for directing and acting in, Out of the Blue (1980.)

    • Hopper wrote and directed another film that was released in 1971 called The Last Movie. It was a box office failure and derailed his career for years. Hopper had long been an alcoholic and drug abuser, and it was at this point that his addiction began to dominate his life.

    • It was not until he teamed with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson and made Easy Rider that he really shook up the Hollywood establishment. This film became an anthem of sorts to the lost generation of the Vietnam war and to this day is one of the most successful independent films ever made. Hopper won wide acclaim as the director of the film for his improvisational methods and stop action photography.

    • Although Hopper was having problems with addiction, he was able to resume acting in mainstream films including The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit (1969), in both of these films he had death scenes with John Wayne.

    • He was very talented as a painter and a poet.

    • Hopper moved to New York and studied at the famous Lee Strasberg acting school. He appeared in over 140 episodes of television shows such as Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel and Combat.

    • In his book Last Train to Memphis, American popular music historian Peter Guralnick says that in 1956 when Elvis Presley was making his first film in Hollywood, Dennis Hopper was roommates with fellow actor Nick Adams and the three became friends and hung out together.

    • Dennis Hopper is a registered Republican, and an avid supporter of the Republican Party. He donated money to the party for the 2004 election.

    • In 2006, he did a commercial for Ameriprise Financial.

    • He was good friends with James Dean before his death.

    • He was married to Katherine La Nasa from the 17 June 1989 to April 1992 and they had 1 child.

    • He had 3 children with three different wives. He had a total of four wives.

    • He was married to Daria Halprin from 1972 to 1976. They had one child.

    • He was also married to Michelle Phillips from October 31, 1970 to November 8, 1970.

    • He was married to Brooke Hayward from 1961 to 1969 and they had 1 child.

    • He provided the narration for the Gorillaz song 'Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head'.

    • His High School class voted him "Most Likely To Succeed".

    • He graduate of Helix High School, La Mesa, California in 1954.

    • His parents are Jay Hopper and Marjorie Hopper.

    • On September 1, 2000 a Canadian judge dismissed marijuana charges against him from an arrest in Calgary on October 1999.

    • His marriage to Michelle Phillips in 1970 lasted just a few days.

    • His height is 5' 9" (1.75 m).

    • His current marriage to Victory Duffy is his 5th. The couple have been married since April 13, 1996.

    • He was in Puff Daddy's music video "Victory".

    • Hopper plays the voice of porn director Steven Scott in top-selling console game 'Grand Theft Auto: Vice City'.

    • Dennis Hopper is the father of Marin Hopper.

    • It was reported that Rip Torn won a $475,000 defamation suit against Hopper. The lawsuit came about after remarks made by Hopper on the Tonight Show on 31 May 1994. [14 March 1997].

    • Hopper was ranked #87 in Empire (UK) magazine's "The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time" list. [October 1997].

  • Quotes

    • Hopper: I don't think of myself as being a star. Really, very honestly I think of myself as a very fortunate person who's been able to make a living of sorts through acting and various other things through the years. But, I'm certainly not a star. I'm not on any A-list anywhere. But I love what I'm doing.

    • Hopper: Like all artists I want to cheat death a little and contribute something to the next generation.

    • (Washington Post Staff Writer)
      William Booth: He is talented and thoughtful, and his stuff appears to be unique, solid.

    • (Speaking of Wim Wenders)
      Dennis Hopper: I think I understand what he means. It's remarkable how, despite the different characteristics of each place, whether in Japan, Israel of America, Wim's photos all have a similar feel, this same feeling of absence and loneliness.

    • (Speaking about the movie Land Of The Dead)
      Reporter: How do you differ politically now?
      Dennis Hopper: People have called my character Rumsfeldian. The character I play in this is a very evil person. I do not see Donald Rumsfeld as an evil man. I just want to make that clear.

    • Dennis Hopper: I've never had any great roles.

    • (Speaking of the movie "Land of the Dead")
      Reporter: Do you get in touch with the zombies?
      Dennis Hopper: They get in touch with me.

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    Very talented actor he is one of the best and his career starts from 1970 and less than that, because he is one great actor with a long career. He is awesome he will always be in my top actors ever! Dennis Hopper is great!