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Dennis Hopper

Highest Rated:   100% Bound to Lose (2006)
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Birthplace:   Dodge City, Kansas, USA
The odyssey of Dennis Hopper was one of Hollywood's longest, strangest trips. A onetime teen performer, he went through a series of career metamorphoses -- studio pariah, rebel filmmaker, drug casualty, and comeback kid -- before finally settling comfortably into the role of character actor par excellence, with a rogues' gallery of killers and freaks unmatched in psychotic intensity and demented glee. Along the way, Hopper defined a generation, documenting the shining hopes and bitter disappointments of the hippie counterculture and bringing their message to movie screens everywhere. By extension, he spearheaded a revolt in the motion picture industry, forcing the studio establishment to acknowledge a youth market they'd long done their best to deny. Born May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, Hopper began acting during his teen years, and made his professional debut on the TV series Medic. In 1955 he made a legendary collaboration with the director Nicholas Ray in the classic Rebel Without a Cause, appearing as a young tough opposite James Dean. Hopper and Dean became close friends during filming, and also worked together on 1956's Giant. After Dean's tragic death, it was often remarked that Hopper attempted to fill his friend's shoes by borrowing much of his persona, absorbing the late icon's famously defiant attitude and becoming so temperamental that his once-bright career quickly began to wane. Seeking roles far removed from the stereotypical 'troubled teens' which previously dotted his resume, Hopper began training with the Actors Studio. However, on the set of Henry Hathaway's From Hell to Texas he so incensed cast and crew with his insistence upon multiple takes for his improvisational techniques -- the reshoots sometimes numbering upwards of 100 -- that he found himself a Hollywood exile. He spent much of the next decade mired in "B"-movies, if he was lucky enough to work at all. Producers considered him such a risk that upon completing 1960's Key Witness he did not reappear on-screen for another three years. With a noteworthy role in Hathaway's 1965 John Wayne western The Sons of Katie Elder, Hopper made tentative steps towards a comeback. He then appeared in a number of psychedelic films, including 1967's The Trip and the following year's Monkees feature Head, and earned a new audience among anti-establishment viewers.With friends Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson in front of the camera, Hopper decided to direct his own movie, and secured over $400,000 in financing to begin filming a screenplay written by novelist Terry Southern. The result was 1969's Easy Rider, a sprawling, drug-fueled journey through an America torn apart by the conflict in Vietnam. Initially rejected by producer Roger Corman, the film became a countercultural touchstone, grossing millions at the box office and proving to Hollywood executives that the ever-expanding youth market and their considerable spending capital would indeed react to films targeted to their issues and concerns, spawning a cottage industry of like-minded films. Long a pariah, Hopper was suddenly hailed as a major new filmmaker, and his success became so great that in 1971 he appeared in an autobiographical documentary, American Dreamer, exploring his life and times.The true follow-up to Easy Rider, however, was 1971's The Last Movie, an excessive, self-indulgent mess that, while acclaimed by jurors at the Venice Film Festival, was otherwise savaged by critics and snubbed by audiences. Once again Hopper was left picking up the pieces of his career; he appeared only sporadically in films throughout the 1970s, most of them made well outside of Hollywood. His personal life a shambles -- his marriage to singer/actress Michelle Phillips lasted just eight days -- Hopper spent much of the decade in a haze, earning a notorious reputation as an unhinged wild man. An appearance as a disturbed photojournalist in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now did little to repair most perceptions of hi

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet The Last Film Festival
  • Nick Twain - Producer
$4k 2016
No Score Yet Human Highway
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Key Witness
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet White Star (Let It Rock)
  • Actor
2011
16% Alpha and Omega
  • Tony
$25.1M 2010
No Score Yet Stardust
  • Actor
2010
70% Chelsea on the Rocks
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet The Art Of Football
  • Actor
2009
11% An American Carol
  • Judge
$7M 2008
No Score Yet The Brothers Warner
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos
  • Actor
2008
10% Hell Ride
  • Eddie Zero
$0.2M 2008
No Score Yet Ferlinghetti: A City Light
  • Actor
$5.3k 2008
94% Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!
  • Actor
2008
38% Swing Vote
  • Donald Greenleaf
$16.3M 2008
92% The Cool School
  • Actor
2008
75% Elegy
  • George O'Hearn
$3.5M 2008
17% Sleepwalking
  • Mr. Reedy
2008
No Score Yet Bananaz
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet 13 Most Beautiful...Songs for Andy Warhol's Screen Tests
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Palermo Shooting
  • Frank
2008
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet 3055 Jean Leon
  • Actor
2006
19% 10th & Wolf
  • Matello
2006
81% Sketches of Frank Gehry
  • Actor
$0.3M 2006
No Score Yet Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi
  • Narrator
2006
8% Memory
  • Max Lichtenstein
2006
100% Bound to Lose
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet The Sixth Element
  • Narrator
2006
74% Land of the Dead
  • Kaufman
$20.5M 2005
0% The Crow: Wicked Prayer
  • El Nino
2005
88% Tell Them Who You Are
  • Actor
2005
83% Inside Deep Throat
  • Narrator
$0.5M 2005
63% Americano
  • Riccardo
2005
No Score Yet Champion
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet House of 9
  • Father Duffy
2005
No Score Yet Hoboken Hollow
  • Sheriff Greer
2005
No Score Yet The Real James Dean: From Indiana Farmboy To Hollywood Legend
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet The Night We Called It A Day
  • Actor
2005
No Score Yet All the Way
  • Frank Sinatra
2004
No Score Yet The Last Ride
  • Ronnie Purnell
2004
No Score Yet Out of Season
  • Harry Barlow
2004
No Score Yet The Keeper
  • Lieutenant Krebs
2004
100% Easy Riders---Raging Bulls
  • Actor
2003
77% A Decade Under the Influence
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Unspeakable
  • Warden
2003
No Score Yet All the Way: The Kidnapping of a Music Legend
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Night We Called It a Day
  • Actor
2003
20% Knockaround Guys
  • Benny Chains
$11.6M 2002
No Score Yet The Target
  • Robert Nile
2002
No Score Yet Mysteries of Love
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet I Don't Know Jack
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet 1 Giant Leap
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet Firestarter 2: Rekindled
  • James Richardson
2002
43% Leo
  • Horace
2002
No Score Yet New Scenes from America (Nye scener fra Amerika)
  • Actor
2002
No Score Yet L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve
  • Captain Elsworth
2001
93% Apocalypse Now Redux
  • Photojournalist
$2M 2001
No Score Yet Choke
  • Henry Clark
2001
No Score Yet The Prophet's Game
  • Vincent
2001
No Score Yet Ticker
  • Swann
2001
No Score Yet Rehenes Equivocados
  • JD
2000
40% Jason and the Argonauts
  • Pelias
2000
No Score Yet Luck of the Draw
  • Giani Ponti
2000
No Score Yet The Spreading Ground
  • Det. Ed Delongpre
2000
No Score Yet Tycus
  • Peter Crawford
2000
No Score Yet Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius
  • Narrator
1999
No Score Yet Top of the World
  • Atlas
1999
88% The Source: The Story of the Beats and the Beat Generation
  • William S. Burroughs
1999
81% Jesus' Son
  • Bill
1999
63% EDtv
  • Hank
1999
No Score Yet Straight Shooter
  • Frank Hector
1999
No Score Yet Lured Innocence
  • Rick Chambers
1999
No Score Yet The Apostate
  • Lewis Garou
1999
4% Meet the Deedles
  • Frank Slater
1998
No Score Yet Welcome to Hollywood
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet Road Ends
  • Gilchrist
1997
0% The Blackout
  • Mickey Wayne
1997
No Score Yet The Last Days of Frankie the Fly
  • Frankie
1997
9% Space Truckers
  • John Canyon
1997
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah
  • Tariq
1996
70% Basquiat
  • Bruno Bischofberger
1996
64% Carried Away
  • Joseph Svenden
1996
No Score Yet The Fine Art of Separating People From Their Money
  • Host
1996
50% Cannes Man
  • Himself
1995
33% Search and Destroy
  • Dr. Waxling
$0.4M 1995
86% Who Is Henry Jaglom?
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Witch Hunt
  • H. Phillip Lovecraft
1994
93% Speed
  • Howard Payne
1994
33% Chasers
  • Doggie
  • Director
1994
92% True Romance
  • Clifford Worley
1993
15% Super Mario Bros.
  • King Koopa
1993
20% Boiling Point
  • Red Diamond
1993
95% Red Rock West
  • Lyle
1993
No Score Yet Fishing With John
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Nails
  • Harry Niles
1992
No Score Yet Sunset Heat
  • Carl Madson
1992
No Score Yet Eye of the Storm
  • Marvin Gladstone
1991
No Score Yet Paris Trout
  • Paris Trout
1991
74% The Indian Runner
  • Caesar
1991
100% Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Flashing on the Sixties
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Doublecrossed
  • Barry Seal
1991
50% Backtrack
  • Director
  • Milo
1990
71% The Hot Spot
  • Director
1990
86% Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol
  • Actor
1990
38% Flashback
  • Huey Walker
1990
No Score Yet Hollywood Mavericks
  • Actor
1990
17% Chattahoochee
  • Walker
1989
No Score Yet Blood Red
  • William Bradford Berrigan
1988
No Score Yet Riders of the Storm
  • The Captain
1988
79% Colors
  • Director
1988
No Score Yet Monsters and Maniacs
  • Actor
1988
No Score Yet Bloodbath
  • Actor
1988
55% The Pick-Up Artist
  • Flash Jensen
1987
No Score Yet O.C. and Stiggs
  • Sponson
1987
38% Straight to Hell
  • Farber
1987
86% River's Edge
  • Matt
1987
44% Black Widow
  • Ben Dumers
1987
No Score Yet Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll
  • Actor
1987
88% Hoosiers
  • Wilbur Shooter Flatch
1986
94% Blue Velvet
  • Frank Booth
1986
44% The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
  • Lt. `Lefty' Enright
1986
No Score Yet Running Out of Luck
  • Video Director
1986
14% My Science Project
  • Bob Roberts
1985
No Score Yet Stark
  • Lieutenant Ron Bliss
1985
No Score Yet The Inside Man
  • Miller
1984
43% The Osterman Weekend
  • Tremayne
1983
70% Rumble Fish
  • Father
1983
No Score Yet Human Highway
  • Cracker
1982
91% Out of the Blue
  • Don Barnes
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet King of the Mountain
  • Cal
1981
98% Apocalypse Now
  • Photojournalist
1979
No Score Yet Wild Times
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Concorde Affair
  • Actor
1978
No Score Yet Reborn
  • Rev. Tom Hartley
1978
90% Der Amerikanische Freund (The American Friend)
  • Tom Ripley
1977
No Score Yet Les Apprentis-sorciers (The Sorceror's Apprentice)
  • Spy
1977
No Score Yet Mad Dog Morgan
  • Daniel Morgan
1976
43% Tracks
  • 1st Sgt. Jack Falen
1976
No Score Yet James Dean: The First American Teenager
  • Actor
1975
No Score Yet Kid Blue
  • Bickford Waner
1973
No Score Yet Crush Proof
  • Actor
1972
43% The Last Movie
  • Kansas
  • Director
1971
83% The American Dreamer
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
1971
90% True Grit
  • Moon
1969
89% Easy Rider
  • Screenwriter
  • Billy
  • Director
1969
75% Head
  • Himself (uncredited)
1968
92% Hang 'em High
  • The Prophet
1968
No Score Yet Panic in the City
  • Goff
1968
No Score Yet The Glory Stompers
  • Chino
1967
31% The Trip
  • Max
1967
100% Cool Hand Luke
  • Babalugats
1967
17% Queen of Blood
  • Paul Grant
1966
100% The Sons of Katie Elder
  • Dave Hastings
1965
No Score Yet Tarzan and Jane Regained...Sort Of
  • Actor
1964
No Score Yet Night Tide
  • Johnny Drake
1963
No Score Yet The Young Land
  • Hatfield Carnes
1959
No Score Yet From Hell to Texas
  • Tom Boyd
1958
No Score Yet The Story of Mankind
  • Napoleon
1957
82% Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • Billy Clanton
1957
95% Giant
  • Jordan Benedict III
1956
96% Rebel Without a Cause
  • Goon
1955
No Score Yet I Died a Thousand Times
  • Joe
1955

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% 24
2001-2014
  • Victor Drazen
  • 2010
  • 2002
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
  • 2009
7% Crash
2008-2009
  • Ben Cendars
  • 2009
  • 2008
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2008
67% Entourage
2004-2011
  • Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
  • Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
  • Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Actor
  • Guest
  • 1990
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Peter Vollmer
  • 1963

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