Dennis Hopper (born, May 17, 1936 died, May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in three films featuring James Dean, East of Eden (1955) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.

He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) as co-writer. He had a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979). He subsequently appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983), and received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for best Supporting Actor. He directed Colors (1988). Hopper starred in the 1990 Motion Picture Flashback which was inspired by the 1960s Love Movement. He also played the villain in Speed (1994). A total of six films starring Dennis Hopper have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Hopper died of prostate cancer on May 29, 2010, 12 days after his 74th birthday and two months after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

Hopper's film career spanned 55 years and encompassed appearances in over 150 films. Of those films: Rebel Without a Cause,[1] Giant,[2] Cool Hand Luke,[2] Easy Rider,[3] Apocalypse Now,[4] and Hoosiers[5] have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

As actor[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Rebel Without a Cause Goon
1955 I Died a Thousand Times Joe Uncredited
1956 Giant Jordan Benedict III
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Billy Clanton
1957 The Story of Mankind Napoleon Bonaparte
1957 Sayonara MP in Kelly's house/MP at Tokyo airport Uncredited voice
1958 From Hell to Texas Tom Boyd
1959 The Young Land Hatfield Carnes
1960 Key Witness William "Cowboy" Tomkins
1961 Night Tide Johnny Drake
1964 Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of
1965 The Sons of Katie Elder Dave Hastings
1966 Queen of Blood Paul Grant
1967 The Tri Max
1967 Cool Hand Luke Babalugats
1968 The Glory Stompers Chino
1968 Hang 'Em High The Prophet
1968 Panic in the City Goff
1968 Head Long haired guy at filmshoot in restaurant Extra
1969 Easy Rider Billy
1969 True Grit Moon
1971 The Last Movie Kansas
1972 The Other Side of the Wind
1972 Crush Proof
1973 Kid Blue Bickford Waner
1974 The Towering Inferno Dennis Hopper
1975 Nahsville Dennis Hopper
1976 Mad Dog Morgan Daniel Morgan
1977 Tracks 1st Sgt. Jack Falen
1977 The American Friend Tom Ripley
1977 Template:Interlanguage link multi A spy
1978 Flesh Color Mel
1978 Last In, First Out Medford
1979 Apocalypse Now Photojournalist
1979 Bloodbath Chicken
1980 Out of the Blue Don
1981 Template:Interlanguage link multi Rev. Tom Hartley
1981 King of the Mountain Cal
1982 Human Highway Cracker
1983 Rumble Fish Father
1983 The Osterman Weekend Richard Tremayne
1983 Template:Interlanguage link multi Kenneth Barlow
1984 Jungle Warriors Uncredited
1984 The Inside Man Miller
1985 O.C. and Stiggs Sponson
1985 My Science Project Bob Roberts
1986 Riders of the Storm The Captain
1986 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright
1986 River's Edge Feck
1986 Blue Velvet Frank Booth
1986 Hoosiers Shooter
1987 Running Out of Luck Video Director
1987 Black Widow Ben Dumers
1987 Straight to Hell I.G. Farben
1987 The Pick-up Artist Flash Jensen
1989 Blood Red William Bradford Berrigan
1989 Chattahoochee Walker Benson
1990 Flashback Huey Walker
1990 Catchfire Milo
1991 The Indian Runner Caesar
1991 Eye of the Storm Marvin Gladstone
1992 Sunset Heat Carl Madson
1993 Boiling Point Rudolph 'Red' Diamond
1993 Super Mario Bros. King Koopa
1993 Red Rock West Lyle from Dallas
1993 True Romance Clifford Worley
1994 Chasers Doggie
1994 Speed Howard Payne
1995 Search and Destroy Dr. Luther Waxling
1995 Waterworld Deacon
1996 Carried Away Joseph Svenden
1996 Space Truckers John Canyon
1996 Basquiat Bruno Bischofberger
1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly Frankie
1997 The Good Life Mr. B Unreleased
1997 The Blackout Mickey Wayne
1997 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery Dennis Hopper
1997 Road Ends Sheriff Ben Gilchrist
1997 Top of the World Charles Atlas
1998 Tycus Peter Crawford Direct-to-DVD
1998 Meet the Deedles Frank Slater
1999 Justice Uncredited
1999 Lured Innocence Rick Chambers
1999 The Black And The White Oliver Chamberlain
1999 The Prophet's Game Vincent Swan
1999 EDtv Henry 'Hank' Pekumy
1999 Straight Shooter Frank Hector
1999 Jesus' Son Bill
1999 Venice Project Roland/Salvatore
1999 Bad City Blues Cleveland Carter
2000 Michael Angel Lewis Garou
2000 The Spreading Ground Det. Ed DeLongpre
2000 Luck of the Draw Giani Ponti
2000 Held for Ransom JD
2001 Ticker Alex Swan
2001 Choke Henry Clark
2001 Knockaround Guys Benny Chains
2001 L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve Captain Elsworth
2002 Unspeakable Warden Earl Blakely
2002 Leo Horace
2002 The Piano Player Robert Nile
2003 The Night We Called It a Day Frank Sinatra
2003 The Target Robert Nile
2004 Legacy CHP Officer
2004 Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits Victor Castiglione Uncredited
Direct-to-video
2004 The Keeper| Krebs
2004 Out of Season Harry Barlow
2005 House of 9 Father Duffy
2005 Americano Riccardo Direct-to-DVD
2005 The Crow: Wicked Prayer El Niño Direct-to-DVD
2005 Land of the Dead Kaufman
2006 10th & Wolf Matty Matello
2006 Memory Max Lichtenstein
2006 Hoboken Hollow Sheriff Greer
2008 Hell Ride Eddie Zero
2008 Sleepwalking Mr. Reedy
2008 Elegy George O'Hearn
2008 Swing Vote Donald Greenleaf
2008 Palermo Shooting Frank
2008 An American Carol The Judge
2009 All About Steve Dennis Hopper
2009 9 Roddy Voice
2010 Alpha and Omega Tony Voice
Released posthumously
2016 The Last Film Festival Nick Twain Released posthumously
2018 The Other Side of the Wind Lucas Renard In post production

I denotes film preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

As a writer, director, or editor[edit | edit source]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Editor
1967 The Trip Template:Yes Uncredited
Second unit director
1969 Easy Rider Template:Yes Template:Yes
1971 The American Dreamer Template:Yes Documentary
The Last Movie Template:Yes Template:Yes Template:Yes
1980 Out of the Blue Template:Yes Template:Yes Uncredited as writer
1988 Colors Template:Yes
1990 Catchfire Template:Yes Credited as Alan Smithee
The Hot Spot Template:Yes
1994 Chasers Template:Yes
2000 Homeless Template:Yes Short film

Television[edit | edit source]

Early in his career, Hopper made multiple appearances on television series, beginning with a single appearance on the anthology series Cavalcade of America. Hopper continued guest starring on television throughout the 1950s and '60s. Late in his career, Hopper returned to television with a recurring role on 24, a one-time appearance on Las Vegas, and starring roles on E-Ring and Crash.

Year Title Role Notes
1954 Cavalcade of America Episode: "A Medal for Miss Walker"
1955 Medic Robert Episode: "Boy in the Storm"
1955 The Public Defender Frankie Episode: "Mama's Boy"
1955 Letter to Loretta Ross Morton Episode: "Inga II"
1956 Kings Row Tod Monaghan Episode: "Carnival"
1956 Screen Director's Playhouse Steve Redman Episode: "High Air"
1956 Template:Sortname Pauly Episode: "Carnival"
1956–1957 Cheyenne Abe Larson / Utah kid / Roden's Ranch Hand 3 episodes
1957 Conflict Ed Novak 2 episodes
1957 Sugarfoot Billy the Kid Episode: "Brannigan's Boots"
1958 Studio One David Williams 2 episodes
1958–1959 Zane Grey Theater Vernon 'Vern' Tippert / Denny Sunrise 2 episodes
1958-1959 Template:Sortname Vernon Tippert / Johnny Clover 2 episodes
1958 Swiss Family Robinson Fritz Television film
1959 Template:Sortname Leighton Episode: "Wake Up to Terror"
1960 Template:Sortname Mike Episode: "Goldie Meets Mike"
1960 Template:Sortname Adam Spencer Episode: "Millionaire Julie Sherman"
1960 Template:Sortname Gerald Collins Episode: "No One"
1961 Naked City Vinnie Winford Episode: "Shoes for Vinnie Winford"
1961 87th Precinct Andrew Mason Episode: "My Friend, My Enemy"
1961 The Investigators Adrian Brewster Episode: "The Mind's Own Fire"
1962 General Electric Theater Fred Judson Episode: "The Hold-Out"
1962 Surfside 6 Trask Episode: "Vendetta Arms"
1963 Template:Sortname Peter Vollmer Episode: "He's Alive"
1963 Template:Sortname Ross Kendrick Episode: "Requiem at Dancer's Hill"
1963 Wagon Train Emmett Lawton Episode: "The Emmett Lawton Story"
1963 Espionage Ferno Episode: "The Weakling"
1963 Template:Sortname Rhymer Episode: "The Wrecker"
1962–1963 Template:Sortname Alfred Carter Jr / Jason Thomas 2 episodes
1964 Petticoat Junction Alan Landman Episode: "Bobbie Jo and the Beatnik"
1964 Arrest and Trial Coley Mitchum Episode: "People in Glass Houses"
1964 Template:Sortname Peter Devlin Episode: "To Set It Right"
1964 Bonanza Dev Farnum Episode: " The Dark Past"
1965 Gunsmoke Billy Kimbo Episode: "One Killer on Ice"
1965 Convoy Roger Small Episode: The Many Colors of Courage"
1966 Template:Sortname Jud Salt Episode: "South Wind"
1966 Template:Sortname Passenger Episode: "Rendezvous with Yesterday"
1967 Combat! Zack Fielder Episode: "A Little Jazz"
1967 Template:Sortname Vern Reed Episode: "Find a Sonnett, Kill a Sonnett"
1967 Template:Sortname Leon Grell / Jimmy Sweetwater 2 episodes
1980 Wild Times Doc Holliday 2 episodes
1985 Stark Lieutenant Ron Bliss Television film
1986 Stark: Mirror Image Lieutenant Ron Bliss Television film
1987, 1990 Saturday Night Live Himself (host) 2 episodes
1988 Black Leather Jacket Narrator Voice
Television film
1991 Doublecrossed Barry Seal Television film
1991 Paris Trout Paris Trout Television film
1992 Nails Harry 'Nails' Niles Television film
1992 The Heart of Justice Austin Blair Television film
1994 Witch Hunt H. Philip Lovecraft Television film
1995 Dennis Hopper: L.A. Blues Himself (host) Television special
1996 Samson and Delilah Generale Tariq Television film
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Pelias 2 episodes
2002 Flatland Smith Pilot
2002 Template:Sortname Dad/King Norman Voice
Television short
2002 Firestarter: Rekindled James Richardson Television film
2003 Suspense Narrator Voice
Television film
2002 24 Victor Drazen 5 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Jon Castille Episode: "New Orleans"
2004 Template:Sortname Ronnie Purnell Television film
2005–2006 E-Ring Col. Eli McNulty 23 episodes
2007 Entourage Dennis Hopper Episode: "Malibooty"
2008–2009 Crash Ben Cendars 26 episodes

Video games[edit | edit source]

Year Title Role Notes
1993 Black Dahlia Walter Pensky
1994 Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller Mr. Beautiful Voice
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Steve Scott Voice
2009 Deadly Creatures George Struggs Voice
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