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RIP, Dennis Hopper

Posted by eddie

 | in Theatre

Dennis Hopper was one of my heroes. I had the good fortune to know him a bit – Rick and I made a documentary about him (Autobiography>Dennis Hopper).  He was an original thinker, an artist to the core, and he had a big heart.

He’s also a towering example of the importance of school and community drama programs. Growing up in Dodge, Kansas and then going to high school in San Diego, Hopper got involved with acting at an early age by participating in children’s and local theater. (His mother helped push him.)

Hopper went on to star in some of the biggest and most important movies ever made: Rebel Without a Cause (1955), Giant (1956), Easy Rider (1969), Apocalypse Now (1979), Blue Velvet (1984), Hoosiers, (1984).

Sure, he was a controversial and outspoken character. But he also lived life to the fullest. I remember asking him if he’d do anything different, if he had a chance to live life over again. He said, “What’s the point? I mean, I did what I wanted, didn’t I?” And then he laughed his crazy Dennis Hopper laugh.

Hopper died last week, age 74. Rest in peace, Dennis. You will surely be missed.