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Thursday 29 January 2015

Dennis Hopper, Hollywood legend, dies aged 74

US movie star Dennis Hopper has died aged 74 (AP)
US movie star Dennis Hopper has died aged 74 (AP)
Actor Jack Nicholson, left, with Dennis Hopper who has died aged 74 (AP)
The late Dennis Hoppe with son Henry Hopper (AP)
Dennis Hopper filmed The Last Film Festival before being diagnosed with cancer
40. Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch) More of a trip than a movie, this is comedy, psychosexual horror and coming-of-age story rolled into one swooning fantasia. Isabella Rossellini is tremendous as the abused nightclub singer, though the movie is stolen - brutally - by Dennis Hopper and his gas-mask.

Dennis Hopper has died aged 74 after battling prostate cancer.

Family friend Alex Hitz said Hopper died at his Los Angeles home, surrounded by family and friends.

The actor and director's memorable career included the 1969 hit Easy Rider.

Hopper's rollercoaster career also included Rebel Without A Cause, Blue Velvet and Apocalypse Now.

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.

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