Dennis Hopper Dies at Age 74

Dennis Hopper Dies at Age 74
# 30 May 2010 01:24 (UTC +04:00)
Baku-APA. Dennis Hopper, the director, star and writer of "Easy Rider" and an edgy actor in numerous other films, has died at age 74 after a lengthy illness, his production company Easy Rider Productions confirmed, APA reports quoting ABC News.
Hopper died at 8:15 a.m. PT at his home in Venice, Calif., from complications of prostate cancer, a friend, Alex Hitz, told the Reuters news service.
Though he may be best known for "Easy Rider," the 1969 cult classic, Hopper’s film and television career extended back into the 1950s and he stayed active up until the illness preceding his death.
He also was considered something of a Hollywood wild man, and for a time in the 1970s his wild ways may have helped stall his career.
But he came back in a big way in films such as "Apocalypse Now" (1979), "Rumble Fish" (1983) and "Blue Velvet" (1986).
Despite his declining condition in recent months, Hopper recently appeared in Hollywood to receive a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in March. Surrounded by his children and colleagues, the actor appeared to be in good spirits, smiling, laughing and waving.
"Everything I learned in life I learned from you," he told a crowd of supporters at the star ceremony, referring to Hollywood. "This means so much to me. Thank you very much everyone, and Hollywood."
By the time of his death, Hopper also had become well known for his paintings and photography, as well as an avid collector of art.