Dennis Lee Hopper Birthday (May 17th)

Dennis Lee Hopper Birthday (May 17th)

Birth Details of Dennis Lee Hopper

Dennis Lee Hopper was born in Dodge City, Kansas, on May 17, 1936.

Personal Details of Dennis Lee Hopper

  • Dennis Lee Hopper parents are Marjorie Mae and Jay Millard Hopper.
  • Dennis family later moved to San Diego. His mother was professionally a lifeguard instructor and his father was a manager in an office.
  • Hopper studied at Wooster School, Danbury, Connecticut. Hopper is an American actor and film-maker.
  • After Dennis Lee Hopper high school he went to Helix High School, La Mesa, California.

Importance of Dennis Lee Hopper

Dennis Lee Hopper is best known for his roles in Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, Speed, Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider.

Career and Achievements of Dennis Lee Hopper

  • Dennis Lee Hopper inclination towards acting enhanced and he decided to choose a career in acting, studying at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, California.
  • So, Lee further studied in Actors Studio in New York City in New York for five years.
  • Vincent Price, whose was passionate for art became close friend of Hopper with same interest.
  • Both were fond of the plays of William Shakespeare.
  • Hopper made his debut initially on television, in Richard Boone show Medic in 1955 playing a young epileptic.
  • Hopper played a role in “Rebel without a Cause” (1955) and “Giant” (1956) James Dean.
  • Dean died in a car accident in 1955.
  • Hopper was badly affected by his death. Hopper refused directions for several days and got involved in confrontation with Henry Hathaway.
  • Due to the incident, Dennis Lee Hopper was blacklisted from films for many years.
  • Dennis Lee Hopper acted in many television shows such as Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel, The Rifleman and Combat.
  • Hopper also became a skilled professional photographer.
  • Lee photography became part of many prestigious exhibitions.
  • Dennis also a great painter and a talented poet.
  • Hopper was keenly interested Pop Art and used to collect famous work of art.
  • Hopper had purchased a print of Andy Warhol's Campbell's Soup Cans for $75.
  • Hopper portrayed a supporting role in a film “Cool Hand Luke” (1967).
  • Hopper got opportunity to act in some of the major films like “The Sons of Katie Elder” (1965) and “True Grit (1969).
  • In both the films, he worked with John Wayne and later in collaboration with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson and made “Easy Rider”.
  • The film had a deep impact on Hollywood establishment. The film characterized the generation of the Vietnam War.
  • It is one of the most unbeaten films ever made.
  • Hopper won world wide recognition as the director of the film for his refined methods and innovative editing.
  • In 1971, Hopper made a film “The Last Movie”.
  • The film was rejected by audiences and critics during its first release in New York City and so did not enter national release.
  • Dennis Lee Hopper married Michelle Phillips in 1970.
  • They were divorced after a week of their wedding.
  • Dennis Lee Hopper gained a lot of negative publicity which lead to the failure of “The Last Movie” Hopper started acting in many low budget and European films such as Mad Dog Morgan (1976), Tracks (1976), and The American Friend (1977).
  • “Apocalypse Now” (1979) became a blockbuster, Hopper returned to prominence with the film.
  • Hopper gained recognition in 1980 for his directing and acting in Out of the Blue.

Long Love Life of Dennis Lee Hopper

  • Hopper was married five times.
  • Dennis has four children
  • Lee was married to Brooke Hayward in 1961.
  • But they divorced in 1969.
  • They had a daughter, Marin Hopper.
  • Hopper married Michelle Phillips on 31 October 1970.
  • They divorced on 8 November 1970. Again he married Daria Halprin in 1972, but divorced in 1976.
  • The couple gave birth to a daughter Ruthanna Hopper in 1974.
  • Dennis Lee Hopper was married to Katherine LaNasa on 17 June 1989.
  • They again divorced in 1992 giving birth to son Henry Lee Hopper in 1990
  • Dennis Lee Hopper is presently married to Victoria Duffy on 13 April, 1996.
  • The couple has a daughter Galen Hopper born in 2003.

Great Work of Dennis Lee Hopper

  • Some of his recent work is:
  • Inside Deep Throat (2005) a documentary.
  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005),
  • Sketches of Frank Gehry (2005),
  • E-Ring (2005) a TV series.
  • Mem-o-re (2005),
  • Americano (2005),
  • Land of the Dead (2005),
  • 10th & Wolf (2006).