Just over a week after his 74th birthday, on what Governor Bill Richardson officially declared Dennis Hopper day in New Mexico the beloved actor, director and accomplished artist has succumbed to the cancer he’s been battling since last fall.
Hopper commemorated the fortieth anniversary of his iconic film Easy Rider and celebrated his longtime love of New Mexico at 2009′s Taos Summer of Love where his artwork was showcased in the gallery showing, Hopper at the Harwood.
He will be greatly missed the world over.
The AP reports:
“Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in “Rebel Without a Cause,” an improbable smash with “Easy Rider” and a classic character role in “Blue Velvet,” died Saturday in Venice, Calif., of prostate cancer. He was 74.
Hopper’s roller coaster career also included “Rebel Without a Cause,” “Blue Velvet,” “Apocalypse Now” and “Hoosiers” as well as flops such as “The Last Movie.”
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.”