An established actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist, Dennis Hopper was a creative in the truest sense of the word.
Born in 1936, Dennis Hopper began his career acting in the 1955 film Rebel Without a Cause, alongside James Dean. He appeared in a number of minor roles after this, up until his major breakthrough as an actor, director and writer in 1969’s timely Easy Rider. From this film, he received widespread acclaim not only for his acting, but also for the film’s innovative editing and plot.
However, this success didn’t last long, and Hopper’s next directing project, The Last Movie, did poorly on all fronts. From this, he began abusing alcohol and drugs, giving him a reputation as a an addict. He ultimately got sober in the 1980s, after which he played a number of memorable roles, including an alcoholic father in Hoosiers, and the paranoid Feck in The River’s Edge.
Alongside acting, Hopper was also a prolific photographer, painter, and sculptor. His photographic work was exhibited in a number of different galleries around the globe, and he even shot for Vogue for a period of time.
Shortly after his 74th birthday in 2010, Hopper sadly died of prostate cancer.