Dennis Hopper (Associated Press file photo)
Actor-director Dennis Hopper has died, according to the Associated Press. He was 74.
Family friend Alex Hitz tells the AP that Hopper died today at his Venice home, surrounded by family and friends. The actor had been battling prostate cancer.
Hopper’s wildly varied Hollywood career included included movies such as “Rebel Without a Cause,” ”Blue Velvet,” ”Apocalypse Now,” “Hoosiers” and “Speed.” It also included film flops like “The Last Movie” and “Waterworld.”
In addition, he appeared on TV shows such as “24,” “Crash” and “E-Ring.”
But the improbable success of the 1969 hippie-biker epic “Easy Rider” remained his biggest triumph. He not only co-starred but directed and co-wrote the film, which also starred Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson.
Hopper, Fonda and Terry Southern were nominated for Oscars for best screenplay.
To see Hopper’s IMDB page, click here.
Our thoughts are with his family, friends and fans.