Dennis Hopper Dies of Cancer at 74

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dennis_hopper_cigarOne of the more distinctive American actors, Dennis Hopper, died today at the age of 74. Hopper, best known on television for his starring role in Starz ‘Crash’ as well as a memorable series of Nike ads, succumbed to a long battle with prostate cancer. He was at home surrounded by friends and family when he passed away early this morning.

Hopper had a long career in Hollywood since bursting on the scene in the early 1950s, part of the new generation of actors, among them Marlon Brando and James Dean, steeped in “the Method.” He struggled to find his niche, but over the years Hopper made a name for himself with great roles in movies like ‘Rebel Without A Cause,’ ‘Easy Rider,’ ‘Apocalypse Now,’ ‘Blue Velvet’ and even the popcorn hit ‘Speed.’

 

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