Dennis Hopper

Born May 17, 1936

Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker and artist. As a young man, Hopper became interested in acting and eventually became a student of the Actors' Studio. He made his first television appearance in 1954 and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause and Giant (1956). During the next 10 years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Dennis Hopper.


1936 Birth Hopper was born Dennis Lee Hopper on May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kansas, the son of Marjorie Mae (née Davis; July 12, 1917 – January 12, 2007) and James Millard Hopper (June 23, 1916 – August 7, 1982). … Read More


1954 18 Years Old Hopper was reported to have an uncredited role in Johnny Guitar in 1954 but he has stated that he was not even in Hollywood when this film was made. … Read More
1955 19 Years Old 1 More Event
Dean's death in a 1955 car accident affected the young Hopper deeply and it was shortly afterwards that he got into a confrontation with veteran director Henry Hathaway on the film From Hell to Texas. … Read More


1956 20 Years Old In his book Last Train to Memphis, American popular music historian Peter Guralnick says that in 1956, when Elvis Presley was making his first film in Hollywood, Hopper was roommates with fellow actor Nick Adams and the three became friends and socialized together.
1959 23 Years Old In 1959 Hopper moved to New York to study Method acting under Lee Strasberg at the Actors Studio.
1961 25 Years Old In 1961, Hopper played his first lead role in Night Tide, an atmospheric supernatural thriller involving a mermaid in an amusement park. … Read More


1968 32 Years Old In 1968, Hopper teamed with Peter Fonda, Terry Southern and Jack Nicholson to make Easy Rider, which premiered in July 1969. … Read More
1970 34 Years Old 1 More Event
…  During the tumultuous editing process, Hopper ensconced himself at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos, New Mexico, which he had purchased in 1970, for almost an entire year.


1980 44 Years Old Stepping in for an overwhelmed director, Hopper won praise in 1980 for his directing and acting in Out of the Blue. … Read More
1983 47 Years Old After staging a "suicide attempt" (really more of a daredevil act) in a coffin using 17 sticks of dynamite during an "art happening" at the Rice University Media Center (filmed by professor and documentary filmmaker Brian Huberman), and later disappearing into the Mexican desert during a particularly extravagant bender, Hopper entered a drug rehabilitation program in 1983. … Read More


1988 - 1991 2 More Events
1993 57 Years Old 1 More Event
The same year he starred as King Koopa in Super Mario Bros., a 1993 critical and commercial failure loosely based on the video game of the same name.
1994 58 Years Old He co-starred in the 1994 blockbuster Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock, and as magic-phobic H. P. Lovecraft in the TV movie Witch Hunt.
1995 59 Years Old In 1995, Hopper played a greedy TV self-help guru, Dr. Luther Waxling in Search and Destroy. … Read More


1996 60 Years Old And in 1996 he starred in the science fiction comedy Space Truckers directed by Stuart Gordon.
2003 67 Years Old In 2003, Hopper was in the running for the dual lead in the indie horror drama Firecracker, but was ousted at the last minute in favor of Mike Patton.
2005 69 Years Old In 2005, Hopper played Paul Kaufman in George A. Romero's Land of the Dead.
In 2008, Hopper starred in An American Carol.
For his last performance, he was the voice of Tony, the alpha-male of the Eastern wolf pack inside the 2010 3D computer animated film Alpha and Omega. … Read More
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