Dennis Hopper: The Man Who Went Looking For America…


51SEjIdusZLOn the 29th of May 2010, American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist Dennis Lee Hopper died in Venice, California. Known in Hollywood for his insolent behaviour, Hopper made his debut on film in two roles with James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). After Dean’s death, and major falling out with the director Henry Hathaway on the film From Hell to Texas (1958), Hopper had difficulties finding work for the next seven years. The spell was broken by John Wayne, a friend of Hopper’s mother-in-law, actress Margaret Sullavan. Wayne hired Hopper for a role in The Sons of Katie Elder (1965), thus saving his unstable career. Soon after that Hopper directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), for which he won an award at the Cannes Film Festival, and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer. 

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