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Born May 17, 1936, in Dodge City, Kan., Dennis Hopper began his acting career with small parts on the high school stage. His first big film role came in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) opposite friend James Dean, a pairing they repeated in Giant (1956).

Hopper spent much of the 1960s fighting for civil rights but returned to the big screen in 1969, directing, co-writing and starring in Easy Rider, for which he earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. His appearance in 1979's Apocalypse Now was his only major role of that decade.

Hopper resurfaced in a string of supporting parts in the 1980s, including Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, which brought a Best Supporting Actor nod. He also returned to directing with the gang film Colors (1988) and became Hollywood's favorite screen villain with roles in Speed (1994) and Waterworld (1995). After a battle with prostate cancer, Hopper died May 29, 2010.

Dennis Hopper in Rebel Without a Cause: Special Edition

Rebel Without a Cause: Special Edition

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When Jim Stark (James Dean) arrives in a new town with his troubled past firmly in tow, he quickly falls for the girl next door (Natalie Wood) and befriends the vulnerable Plato (Sal Mineo), forming a surrogate family fueled by alienation. From a deadly game of chicken to the spectacular climax at Los Angeles's Griffith Park Observatory, director Nicholas Ray's Oscar-nominated portrait of teen angst provided a jolt to 1950s America.

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  • Dennis Hopper in Easy Rider Easy Rider
  • Dennis Hopper in True Romance True Romance
  • Dennis Hopper in Cool Hand Luke Cool Hand Luke
  • Dennis Hopper in Hoosiers Hoosiers
  • Dennis Hopper in The Brothers Warner The Brothers Warner
  • Dennis Hopper in The American Friend The American Friend
  • Dennis Hopper in Giant Giant
  • Dennis Hopper in Speed Speed
  • Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet Blue Velvet
  • Dennis Hopper in Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros.
  • Dennis Hopper in The Sons of Katie Elder The Sons of Katie Elder
  • Dennis Hopper in Colors Colors
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  • Dennis Hopper in Basquiat Basquiat
  • Dennis Hopper in Elegy Elegy
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  • Dennis Hopper in The Pick-up Artist The Pick-up Artist
  • Dennis Hopper in A Decade Under the Influence A Decade Under the Influence
  • Dennis Hopper in Rumble Fish Rumble Fish
  • Dennis Hopper in Waterworld Waterworld
  • Dennis Hopper in Land of the Dead Land of the Dead
  • Dennis Hopper in Head: The Monkees Head: The Monkees
  • Dennis Hopper in Straight to Hell Straight to Hell
  • Dennis Hopper in Hearts of Darkness Hearts of Darkness
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  • Dennis Hopper in Sketches of Frank Gehry Sketches of Frank Gehry
  • Dennis Hopper in Hell Ride Hell Ride
  • Dennis Hopper in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Dennis Hopper in Psych-Out / The Trip Psych-Out / The Trip
  • Dennis Hopper in The Osterman Weekend The Osterman Weekend
  • Dennis Hopper in River's Edge River's Edge
  • Dennis Hopper in Flashback Flashback
  • Dennis Hopper in Knockaround Guys Knockaround Guys
  • Dennis Hopper in Inside Deep Throat Inside Deep Throat
  • Dennis Hopper in The Cool School The Cool School
  • Dennis Hopper in Swing Vote Swing Vote
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  • Dennis Hopper in Alpha and Omega Alpha and Omega
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  • Dennis Hopper in Tracks Tracks
  • Dennis Hopper in O.C. and Stiggs O.C. and Stiggs
  • Dennis Hopper in Backtrack Backtrack
  • Dennis Hopper in The Life and Times of Andy Warhol The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
  • Dennis Hopper in Picture This Picture This
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  • Dennis Hopper in Ticker Ticker
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  • Dennis Hopper in Wanderlust Wanderlust
  • Dennis Hopper in 10th & Wolf 10th & Wolf
  • Dennis Hopper in Sleepwalking Sleepwalking
  • Dennis Hopper in Medic Medic
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  • Dennis Hopper in Eye of the Storm Eye of the Storm
  • Dennis Hopper in Fishing with John Fishing with John
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  • Dennis Hopper in The Last Days of Frankie the Fly The Last Days of Frankie the Fly
  • Dennis Hopper in Luck of the Draw Luck of the Draw
  • Dennis Hopper in Jason and the Argonauts Jason and the Argonauts
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  • Dennis Hopper in Unspeakable Unspeakable
  • Dennis Hopper in All the Way All the Way
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