Birthday: 17/05/1936 Year
Place of birth: Dodge City, Kansas, United States
Date of Death: 05/29/2010 Year
Place of Death in Venice, California, USA
Nationality: United States
Height: 175 cm
The man who sang freedom
In May 2010, did not become an American actor and director Dennis Hopper. He was called ‘lost Hollywood junkie’, ‘rebel’ and ‘outcast’. For many, it was ‘uncomfortable’ and ‘nervous’ actor, but no one doubted his multifaceted talent. As a director, Hopper became a cult persona and idol of a generation.
The first works
Dennis Hopper was born on May 17, 1936. His professional acting career began as a teenager. He first appeared on screen in the television series ‘Doctor’, and in 1953 starred in the feature film ‘Johnny Guitar’.
It should be said that Hopper’s career in Hollywood was winding and full of oddities. He was a rebel in the cinema and persona non grata in the film industry. Dennis shared the ideas of the French New Wave, therefore demanded that the scene with his participation were taken a few dozen times. Directors had to work hard with Hopper, but his charisma and talent attracted the audience.
Dennis himself has not been able to determine in which direction it to work. He starred in the movie, was engaged in directing and photography and even wrote poems. He was not a priority, so he took up all that is connected with the art. The main objective was to Hopper convey their ideas and thoughts to the audience, and after that to do it – a movie, or photo books – did not matter.
In 1955, Dennis Hopper appeared in the movie “Rebel Without a Cause ‘, where he played with the famous actor James Dean. They became friends, and after the death of Dean Dennis for a long time copying its image on the screen.
The turning point for Hopper began shooting pictures ‘From Hell to Texas’ (1958). The film crew was so unhappy with the actor that he demanded the immediate dismissal. Dennis wanted to achieve excellence in acting, therefore, required to reshoot some scenes a hundred times! The film certainly dosnyat, but none more than the film company did not want to deal with Hopper.
Realizing that no one will no longer shoot, Dennis Hopper he decided to take up the case. He collected 400 thousand dollars, invited his friends Jack Nicholson and Peter Fonda and directed the film ‘Easy Rider’ (1969), scripted by Terry Souterna. It was created under the influence of the principles of the French New Wave. For example, most of the dialogue was composed on the set, and smoking marijuana actors gave the film documentary. Another innovation Hopper became the so-called ‘Sticky transitions between scenes’ that create the effect of the expansion of consciousness heroes.
‘Easy Rider’ grossed almost $ 20 million, becoming one of the highest grossing films of the year. Its popularity was incredible. The spirit of freedom, which is impregnated with a picture coincided with the ideas of ‘advanced’ youth, openly opposed the establishment. Along with the films ‘Graduate’ and ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Feed Hopper marked the collapse of the old system and the birth of a new Hollywood.
At the festival in Cannes Dennis Hopper received the award for Best Director, and the film was nominated for the ‘Palme d’Or’. He triumphantly held at international film festivals, winning numerous awards and nominations. ‘Easy Rider’ became a cult picture and had a tremendous impact on the US independent cinema.
70s began to Dennis Hopper test. Alcohol and drugs are absorbed actor with such force that it seemed the way back will be gone. He almost did not starred in and was not engaged in directing. The exception is his role in the film ‘The American Friend’ (1977) and ‘Apocalypse Now’ (1979).
After a lengthy hospital treatment Hopper returned to work. In 1983, he starred in the film ‘The Conquest fish’, and in 1986 – ‘Blue Velvet’. And if the first picture went unnoticed, the second returned Hopper status as a leading actor in Hollywood. The role of the hysterical psychopath Frank Booth in the thriller ‘Blue Velvet’ critics appreciated highly by announcing his return to the cinema. Actor nominated for Golden Globe, but he did not get the reward. Film raised a revolt due to the fact that the American Film Academy has ignored such important work of the actor and even called the decision “the greatest blunder in the history of cinema.”
Return to the film industry presupposes and shooting new movies. So at least thought to myself Dennis Hopper. In 1988 he published his picture ‘Colors’, in which the main role performed Sean Penn. She did not have much success and was greeted by critics cool. The same fate awaited the next directorial work – ‘Renegade’ (1989), ‘hot spot’ (1990) and ‘guards’ (1994). As an actor, Hopper was not averse to star in blockbusters such as ‘Water World’ (1995) and ‘speed’ (1994).
Recently, Dennis Hopper practice your favorite hobby: collecting works of art and painted. In 2007, an exhibition of his paintings and photographs held in the Hermitage. He also appeared in the music video ‘Smiley Faces’ music group ‘Gnarls Barkley’.
Hopper was married five times and has four children. With his last wife Victoria Duffy actor divorced in 2010, shortly before his death.
Prostate cancer was diagnosed in a director in 2009. After a while, it was reported that the disease has metastasized, and nothing can be done. May 29, 2010 Dennis Hopper died at his home in Venice, a suburb of Los Angeles. Before his death, he managed to finish the work on the TV series ‘The Clash’, and has completed the editing of his book of photos.
Dennis Hopper will always be remembered as a talented moviegoers charismatic actor. In the eyes of the film community, he was a rebel and destroyer of the system, but still one of the best actors of his time. His ‘Easy Rider’ was the symbol of the era turning 60, the main principles of life which were sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll.
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