A tribute to Dennis Hopper
Actor Dennis Hopper lost his battle against prostate cancer on May 29, 2010. He had already overcame a drug and alcohol problem that almost killed him and lived to the age of 74. I first saw him on screen during the early 1970s, in the John Wayne western True Grit. Hopper played a small cameo role in that movie, but I never forgot his performance. That followed for every other movie I subsequently watched him in over the years, no matter if he was the leading player or in a supporting role. He was an intense, versatile and talented actor. Some of his best roles that spring to my mind are: his first role in Rebel Without a Cause, The Sons of Katie Elder, Easy Rider, True Romance, Apocalypse Now, Cool Hand Luke, Rumble Fish, The Osterman Weekend, Red Rock West, Edtv, Land of the Dead, and his role as Victor Drazen in the TV series 24.
He has fans and critics but personally I have always been entertained by him and his strong and memorable screen presence can’t be denied.
I also admire his strong work-ethic and the fact that he never intended to retire from what he loved to do best.
Love him or loathe him … there will never be another like him.
RIP Dennis Hopper.