Dennis Hopper

Highest Rated: 100% Bound to Lose (2006)
Birthday: May 17, 1936
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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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
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
71% 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
95% 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
74% 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
82% Sketches of Frank Gehry Actor $0.3M 2006
No Score Yet Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi Narrator 2006
14% 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
21% 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
33% 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
64% 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
8% Space Truckers John Canyon 1997
No Score Yet Samson and Delilah Tariq 1996
68% 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 Director Doggie 1994
92% True Romance Clifford Worley 1993
14% Super Mario Bros. King Koopa 1993
18% Boiling Point Red Diamond 1993
95% Red Rock West Lyle 1993
No Score Yet The Heart of Justice Austin Blair 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 Doublecrossed Barry Seal 1991
No Score Yet Flashing on the Sixties Actor 1991
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) Milo Director 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
81% Colors Director 1988
No Score Yet Monsters and Maniacs Actor 1988
No Score Yet Bloodbath Actor 1988
57% 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
45% 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
47% 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
40% The Osterman Weekend Tremayne 1983
70% Rumble Fish Father 1983
No Score Yet Human Highway Cracker 1982
92% Out of the Blue Don Barnes Director 1982
No Score Yet King of the Mountain Cal 1981
96% 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
91% 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
50% The Last Movie Director Kansas 1971
86% The American Dreamer Screenwriter Actor 1971
88% True Grit Moon 1969
No Score Yet Backtrack Producer 1969
89% Easy Rider Screenwriter Director Billy 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
33% 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

CREDIT
87% 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
66% Entourage
2004-2011
Himself Guest
  • 2007
No Score Yet American Masters
2001
Appearing
  • 2006
No Score Yet E-Ring
2005-2006
Colonel Eli McNulty Col. Eli McNulty
  • 2006
  • 2005
No Score Yet Las Vegas
2003-2008
Jon Castille
  • 2004
No Score Yet MADtv
1995-2009
Guest
  • 2000
No Score Yet King of the Hill
1997-2010
Voice
  • 1997
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Host Guest
  • 1990
  • 1987
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Kimbro
  • 1965
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Dev Farnum
  • 1964
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Peter Vollmer
  • 1963

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