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Saturday May 29, 2010 3:56 pm

Dennis Hopper Dead at Age 74

Posted by Veronica Santiago Categories: Celeb News, Obituaries,

Dennis Hopper, the two-time Oscar nominee, died in his Venice, CA home today after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.

The actor, who was recently given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (you can see video from that March ceremony after jump), was best known for his work in films like Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now and . His lengthy career extended back to the 1950s when he first hit the big screen in cinematic classics like Rebel Without a Cause and Giant.

Despite receiving an Academy Award nomination for his writing on 1969’s Easy Rider (a movie he also directed), Hopper’s film and personal career hit a number of lows. Dennis battled drugs and alcohol, produced theatrical bombs (The Last Movie) and weathered five failed marriages (including a nasty divorce shortly before his death).

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Dennis’ career made a resurgence in the 1980s thanks to three critically-acclaimed roles - River’s Edge, Blue Velvet and Hoosiers - in 1986. (It was for the sports drama that he received his one and only acting-related Oscars nomination.) His work on 1988’s Colors (a film he also directed) lead into more projects in the ‘90s including True Romance, Speed and Waterworld. He recently appeared television adaptation of Crash on Starz.

Hopper was surrounded by friends and family at the time of his passing. He is survived by four children - including a 7-year-old daughter - and two grandchildren.



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