Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)
Born in Kansas, Dennis Hopper will be remembered for his roles in cult classics such as Apocalypse Now, Blue Velvet and Easy Rider, a film he directed, and co-wrote and starred with Peter Fonda, in 1969. The pair was nominated for a best screenplay Academy Award, one of many awards and nominations throughout Hopperís career.
Having started acting in the 1950s in television shows including Medic and The Public Defender, he was cast in the films Rebel Without A Cause and Giant. His dozens of subsequent movie roles included True Romance, Red Rock West, Rumble Fish, Waterworld and Speed. He also played a villain in the first TV series of 24 (2002).
In March 2010, his work was recognised with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As well as his acting/directing talents, he was a skilled photographer and painter.
Hopper died aged 74 after a battle with prostate cancer. Peter Fonda paid his own tribute, saying: "Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and 'lost' films; we rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship."