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DENNIS HOPPER (Donald Greenleaf), actor, director, photographer and art collector, began his film career in the mid- 1950s when he started acting as a teenager with a small role in "Rebel Without a Cause,” followed by "Giant.” He has starred in more than 150 films and appeared in over 140 television shows.

In 1969, he scored his greatest success on screen with a starring role in "Easy Rider,” a film he directed and co-wrote with Peter Fonda and Terry Southern. The film received two Academy Award® nominations — one for a then-unknown Jack Nicholson for Best Supporting Actor and one for Hopper, Fonda, and Southern for Best Original Screenplay. Hopper's other memorable screen performances include David Lynch's "Blue Velvet,” for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe®, and "Hoosiers,” for which he received both Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of an alcoholic father who tries to get sober and help coach his son's basketball team.

In the 1990s, he returned to the screen as the bad guy in such films as "Speed.” Hopper's directing career includes "The Last Movie,” "Colors,” "The Hot Spot” and "Chasers.”

More recently, Hopper has been acting in both films and on television. Recent films include "Elegy” with Penelope Cruz and Sir Ben Kingsley, Wim Wender's "The Palermo Shooting,” "Sleepwalking,” "Hell Ride,” "Land of the Dead,” "The Keeper,” "Out of Season,” and "10th & Wolf.” On television, Hopper has appeared on HBO's Emmy Award®–winning "Entourage,” in the USA Network's feature "The Last Ride,” and NBC's "Las Vegas.” He did several guest spots on the hit drama "24,” and regularly appeared in the military series "ERing,” with Benjamin Bratt.

In addition to his film and television work, Hopper is an accomplished photographer. His work has been shown at museums and galleries; several books of his photographs have been published. Hopper's most important exhibition of his artistic career took place in 2007 at The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, with a photographic exhibition to follow at The Manege in Moscow, Russia. He is currently working on an extensive film and art retrospective with la Cinémathèque Française in Paris set to open October 13, 2008.

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