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Dennis Hopper by gregchapin Dennis Hopper by gregchapin
Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 - May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors' Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954 and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). During the next 10 years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.
He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay as co-writer. Journalist Ann Hornaday wrote: "With its portrait of counterculture heroes raising their middle fingers to the uptight middle-class hypocrisies, Easy Rider became the cinematic symbol of the 1960s, a celluloid anthem to freedom, macho bravado and anti-establishment rebellion."[1] Film critic Matthew Hays notes that "no other persona better signifies the lost idealism of the 1960s than that of Dennis Hopper."[2]
He was unable to build on his success for several years, until a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979) brought him attention. He subsequently appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983), and received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He directed Colors (1988) and played the villain in Speed (1994). He played another villain, King Koopa, in Super Mario Bros. (1993). Hopper also played heroes, such as John Canyon in Space Truckers. Hopper's later work included a leading role in the television series Crash. Hopper's last performance was filmed just before his death: The Last Film Festival, slated for a 2011 release. Hopper was also a prolific and acclaimed photographer, a profession he began in the 1960s.[3]
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fantreasureplanetljs Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2012  Student General Artist
:omg: Fantastic drawing! =D I love the shading and texture! =D
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PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
excellent..
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PhilipHarvey Featured By Owner Oct 20, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
A fine portrait, excelent work! :)
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ToryWright Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012
Really nice work.
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
I appreciate the kind words!
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Player-Designer Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Interface Designer
Very nice.
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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SteveAnime Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012
King Koopa, in Super Mario Bros. (1993), this movie is AWESOME :D great work ;)
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gregchapin Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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markstewart Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2012   Traditional Artist
Wow i had no idea about his photography, i must check out his work. I thought he was superb in Blue Velvet. Another fine portrait.
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