DENNIS HOPPER is often
described as a Hollywood icon, having acted in at least 115 feature films as
well as 140 television productions.
Hopper's film career
began in the mid-fifties in Rebel Without A Cause, with James Dean,
followed by such classics as Giant and Gunfight at the OK
Corral. He helped change the face of cinema forever with Easy Rider,
a representation of youthful alienation in the sixties that won him the best new
director award at the Cannes Film Festival.
In the seventies, he
went on to appear in such films as Apocalypse Now and The American
Friend, only to emerge in the eighties with classic performances in Blue
Velvet, directed by David Lynch, and Hoosiers, for which he received
an Academy Award nomination for best supporting actor. He also directed the
highly-acclaimed Colors, in addition to Backtrack and The Hot
Hopper's credits in the
nineties include True Romance, Red Rock West, Speed, Super
Mario Brothers, Boiling Point, Search and Destroy and Waterworld.
Born in Dodge City,
Kansas, Hopper graduated from high school in San Diego, where he appeared in
numerous productions at the La Jolla Playhouse. He worked extensively in
television in such classic shows as "Twilight Zone," "Loretta
Young" and "Wagon Train" and more recently earned Emmy and ACE
nominations for best actor in Showtime's "Paris Trout."
Hopper studied acting
extensively with Lee Strasberg at New York's famed Actors Studio and is a noted
photographer and painter.
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