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Dennis Hopper Dead at 74
Actor Dennis Hopper has died. The 74-year-old longtime Venice resident died at his home following a battle with prostate cancer, reports the LA Times.
The actor had a long career in entertainment, having made his debut as one of the high school gang members who hassle James Dean's character in the 1955 classic Rebel Without a Cause. Hopper went on to rise to prominence through roles in films such as Cool Hand Luke, True Grit, Apocalypse Now, Rumble Fish, Speed, and Hoosiers, but may be most known for his breakout role in Easy Rider (full filmography).
Born in Kansas, Hopper spent his teen years in San Diego, and went on to study under Lee Strasberg in New York before returning to California to pursue an acting career. During his life he cultivated his talent as a photographer and sculptor.
Hopper was married five times, and had four children and two grandchildren. His youngest child, Galen, is 7 years old; Hopper and her mother, Victoria Duffy, were embroiled in a bitter divorce at the same time he was fighting the cancer that left him visibly weakened during the March 27th ceremony for his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.