R.I.P., Dennis Hopper

LA Times – May 29, 2010 | 10:57 am

Dennis Hopper died Saturday morning in Southern California at the age of 74. Hopper, who had been suffering from prostate cancer for some time, was of course a screen legend who had roles in numerous films including “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Blue Velvet,” and of course also directed, co-wrote and co-starred in the generation-defining “Easy Rider.”

He’ll also be heard on the big screen one more time, as he appears as one of the lead voices in Lionsgate’s animated “Alpha and Omega,” which comes out on September 17.

We were reminded of all of those roles, as well as his appearance receiving his star on the the Hollywood Walk of Fame, when we heard of his death. “Everything I learned in my life, I learned from you,” he told the assembled group of family and friends as he received the honor. Here’s The Times’ obituary of Hopper’s rich and at times complicated life, and, below, The Times’ video of the Walk of Fame ceremony.

–Steven Zeitchik

Looking gaunt and frail, actor Dennis Hopper got his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday – and “Easy Rider” co-star Jack Nicholson was by his side. The 73-year-old arrived at the ceremony with a bandage on his forehead, the result of a fall.

His familiar grin was there, and his blue eyes lit up at the sight of young daughter Galen and granddaughter Violet horsing around. Hopper thanked Hollywood for being “my home and my schooling” and shook hands with David Lynch, who directed him in “Blue Velvet.”

NY Daily News

Ailing Actor Dennis Hopper to Receive Star on Walk of Fame

LA Times – KTLA News

Actor Dennis Hopper, who is said to be dying of cancer and too weak to participate in a deposition in his divorce case, is expected to make an appearance in Hollywood Friday to receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Hopper, who is battling prostate cancer, will receive the 2,403rd star along Hollywood Boulevard.

Hopper’s lawyer, Joseph Mannis, has said Hopper is terminally ill and too weak to be questioned by his wife’s divorce attorney.

A doctor approved the late-morning appearance, saying in court documents that it would likely be a positive experience.

The physician also wrote that Hopper, 73, weighs barely 100 pounds and is unable to carry on long conversations.

Actor Viggo Mortensen and film producer Mark Canton are scheduled to speak at the ceremony in front of the Egyptian Theatre.

Mortensen appeared with Hopper in the 1991 film “The Indian Runner,” and “Boiling Point” two years later. Canton produced the 2005 film “Land of The Dead,” in which Hopper appeared.

The ceremony also coincides with the seventh birthday of Hopper’s daughter, Galen.

Hopper and his wife, Victoria, have been locked in a bitter feud since the actor, director and artist filed to end the couple’s nearly 14-year marriage in January.

Both have agreed to stay 10 feet away from each other while the divorce is ongoing. Victoria has stated in court filings that Hopper filed for divorce to cut her out of her inheritance, a claim the actor has denied.

The case is scheduled for a court hearing on April 5.

Hopper began his film career in the classic 1955 tale of teenage rebellion, “Rebel Without a Cause,” developing a friendship with its star, James Dean. The two also appeared in “Giant.”

Hopper has appeared in more than 150 films including `Apocalypse Now,” “Blue Velvet” and “speed.”

Hopper received a best original screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing the script of the 1969 counter-culture road movie “Easy Rider,” which he directed and starred in.

Hopper’s other Academy Award nomination came for best supporting actor for his role as an alcoholic father who becomes sober to be an assistant coach of his son’s high school basketball team in “Hoosiers.”…]

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