Acclaimed actor and director Dennis Hopper died Saturday at 74 after a long struggle with prostate cancer. Having starred in more than 100 movies, Hopper is perhaps best known for his roles in Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet, and Hoosiers, along with the iconic Easy Rider, which he also co-wrote and directed. Co-star and co-writer Peter Fonda released the following statement upon news of Hopper's death.
Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and "lost" films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.
Hopper, who's in the upcoming movies Alpha and Omega and The Last Film Festival, was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award last year at the first Albuquerque Film Festival. We've got a clip of him at the event below. Posted 05.30.10 by reelz