Dennis Hopper

Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors' Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). During the next 10 years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films. He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer. "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight middle-class hypocrisies, Easy Rider became the cinematic symbol of the 1960s, a celluloid anthem to freedom, macho bravado and anti-establishment rebellion." Film critic Matthew Hays notes that "no other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper." He was unable to build on his success for several years, until a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979) brought him attention. He subsequently appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983), and received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He directed Colors (1988) and played the villain in Speed (1994). ...

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Blue Velvet (1986)

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The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

The discovery of a severed human ear found in a field leads a young man on an investigation related to a beautiful, mysterious nightclub singer and a group of criminals who have kidnapped her child.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Lynch
CAST:  Isabella Rossellini  •  Kyle MacLachlan  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Laura Dern

10th & Wolf (2006)

A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moresco
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Leo Rossi  •  Dennis Hopper

A former street tough returns to his Philadelphia home after a stint in the military. Back on his home turf, he once again finds himself tangling with the mob boss who was instrumental in his going off to be a soldier.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Robert Moresco
CAST:  James Marsden  •  Brian Dennehy  •  Leo Rossi  •  Dennis Hopper

Americano (2005)

"Americano" centres around Chris McKinley (Jackson), a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe who savours his last three days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the United States. In Pamplona with two friends (Timm Sharp and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Noland
CAST:  Joshua Jackson  •  Leonor Varela  •  Dennis Hopper

"Americano" centres around Chris McKinley (Jackson), a recent college graduate backpacking through Europe who savours his last three days of freedom before boarding the career fast track back in the United States. In Pamplona with two friends (Timm Sharp and ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Kevin Noland
CAST:  Joshua Jackson  •  Leonor Varela  •  Dennis Hopper

Apocalypse Now (1979)

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At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Marlon Brando  •  Robert Duvall  •  Laurence Fishburne

At the height of the Vietnam war, Captain Benjamin Willard is sent on a dangerous mission that, officially, "does not exist, nor will it ever exist." His goal is to locate - and eliminate - a mysterious Green Beret Colonel named Walter Kurtz, who has been leading ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Francis Ford Coppola
CAST:  Martin Sheen  •  Marlon Brando  •  Robert Duvall  •  Laurence Fishburne

Catchfire (1990)

A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Hopper
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Jodie Foster  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Vincent Price

A witness to a mob assassination flees for her life from town to town, switching identities, but cannot seem to elude Milo, the chief killer out to get her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Hopper
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Jodie Foster  •  Dean Stockwell  •  Vincent Price

Chattahoochee (1989)

In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mick Jackson
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Frances McDormand  •  M. Emmet Walsh

In 1955 Florida, a Korean vet has a breakdown and is incarcerated in a "maximum security" mental health prison, where patients are abused.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mick Jackson
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Frances McDormand  •  M. Emmet Walsh

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

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When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  George Kennedy  •  Luke Askew  •  Morgan Woodward

When petty criminal Luke Jackson is sentenced to two years in a Florida prison farm, he doesn't play by the rules of either the sadistic warden or the yard's resident heavy, Dragline, who ends up admiring the new guy's unbreakable will. Luke's bravado, even in the ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stuart Rosenberg
CAST:  Paul Newman  •  George Kennedy  •  Luke Askew  •  Morgan Woodward

Easy Rider (1969)

A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Hopper
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Antonio Mendoza  •  Phil Spector

A cross-country trip to sell drugs puts two hippie bikers on a collision course with small-town prejudices.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Dennis Hopper
CAST:  Peter Fonda  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Antonio Mendoza  •  Phil Spector

Giant (1956)

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Rock Hudson  •  James Dean  •  Carroll Baker

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Stevens
CAST:  Elizabeth Taylor  •  Rock Hudson  •  James Dean  •  Carroll Baker

Hang 'em High (1968)

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Marshall Jed Cooper survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath for vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he's caught up with the nine men on his hit list and starts dispensing his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Inger Stevens  •  Ed Begley  •  Pat Hingle

Marshall Jed Cooper survives a hanging, vowing revenge on the lynch mob that left him dangling. To carry out his oath for vengeance, he returns to his former job as a lawman. Before long, he's caught up with the nine men on his hit list and starts dispensing his ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ted Post
CAST:  Clint Eastwood  •  Inger Stevens  •  Ed Begley  •  Pat Hingle

Head (1968)

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Peter Tork  •  Davy Jones  •  Micky Dolenz  •  Michael Nesmith

In this surrealistic and free-form follow-up to the Monkees' television show, the band frolic their way through a series of musical set pieces and vignettes containing humor and anti-establishment social commentary.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Rafelson
CAST:  Peter Tork  •  Davy Jones  •  Micky Dolenz  •  Michael Nesmith

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse (1991)

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A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  Fax Bahr
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  John Milius  •  George Lucas

A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George Hickenlooper  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  Fax Bahr
CAST:  Francis Ford Coppola  •  Eleanor Coppola  •  John Milius  •  George Lucas

Hell Ride (2008)

Hell Ride is a 2008 feature film from Larry Bishop being released under the “Quentin Tarantino Presents” banner. The film promises to be a blood and sex-soaked tale of motorcycle revenge and retribution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Bishop
CAST:  Larry Bishop  •  Michael Madsen  •  Eric Balfour  •  Dennis Hopper

Hell Ride is a 2008 feature film from Larry Bishop being released under the “Quentin Tarantino Presents” banner. The film promises to be a blood and sex-soaked tale of motorcycle revenge and retribution.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Larry Bishop
CAST:  Larry Bishop  •  Michael Madsen  •  Eric Balfour  •  Dennis Hopper

Hoosiers (1986)

High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Anspaugh
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Sheb Wooley

High school basketball is king in small-town Indiana, and the 1954 Hickory Huskers are all hope and no talent. But their new coach -- abrasive, unlikable Norman Dale -- whips the team into shape ... while also inciting controversy.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Anspaugh
CAST:  Gene Hackman  •  Barbara Hershey  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Sheb Wooley

Inside Deep Throat (2005)

In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fenton Bailey  •  Randy Barbato
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bart  •  Warren Beatty  •  Carl Bernstein

In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fenton Bailey  •  Randy Barbato
CAST:  Dennis Hopper  •  Peter Bart  •  Warren Beatty  •  Carl Bernstein

King of the Mountain (1981)

A group of friends race their high-powered cars up and down a dangerous and deadly mountain road known as Mulholland Drive to see who can claim the title of "King of the Hill."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noel Nosseck
CAST:  Harry Hamlin  •  Joseph Bottoms  •  Deborah Van Valkenburgh  •  Richard Cox

A group of friends race their high-powered cars up and down a dangerous and deadly mountain road known as Mulholland Drive to see who can claim the title of "King of the Hill."  (more)

DIRECTION:  Noel Nosseck
CAST:  Harry Hamlin  •  Joseph Bottoms  •  Deborah Van Valkenburgh  •  Richard Cox

Knockaround Guys (2001)

Four sons of well-known New York mobsters must retrieve a bag of cash from a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Koppelman  •  David Levien
CAST:  Barry Pepper  •  Andy Davoli  •  Seth Green  •  Vin Diesel

Four sons of well-known New York mobsters must retrieve a bag of cash from a small Montana town ruled by a corrupt sheriff.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Brian Koppelman  •  David Levien
CAST:  Barry Pepper  •  Andy Davoli  •  Seth Green  •  Vin Diesel

Land of the Dead (2005)

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The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  John Leguizamo  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Robert Joy

The world is full of zombies and the survivors have barricaded themselves inside a walled city to keep out the living dead. As the wealthy hide out in skyscrapers and chaos rules the streets, the rest of the survivors must find a way to stop the evolving zombies ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Simon Baker  •  John Leguizamo  •  Dennis Hopper  •  Robert Joy

Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

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After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

After moving to a new town, troublemaking teen Jim Stark is supposed to have a clean slate, although being the new kid in town brings its own problems. While searching for some stability, Stark forms a bond with a disturbed classmate, Plato, and falls for local ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Nicholas Ray
CAST:  James Dean  •  Natalie Wood  •  Sal Mineo  •  Ann Doran

Red Rock West (1993)

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Craig Reay  •  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Dennis Hopper

When a promised job for Texan Michael fails to materialise in Wyoming, Mike is mistaken by Wayne to be the hitman he hired to kill his unfaithful wife, Suzanne. Mike takes full advantage of the situation, collects the money and runs. During his getaway, things go ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Dahl
CAST:  Nicolas Cage  •  Craig Reay  •  Lara Flynn Boyle  •  Dennis Hopper
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