After a promising start that included roles in two James Dean films, Hopper's acting career had languished as he developed a reputation for throwing tantrums and abusing alcohol and drugs.
On the set of "True Grit," Hopper so angered John Wayne that the star reportedly chased Hopper with a loaded gun.
In January 2010, Hopper filed to end his 14-year marriage to Victoria Hopper, who stated in court filings that the actor was seeking to cut her out of her inheritance, a claim Hopper denied."Much of Hollywood," wrote critic-historian David Thomson, "found Hopper a pain in the neck."All was forgiven, at least for a moment, when he collaborated with another struggling actor, Peter Fonda, on a script about two pot-smoking, drug-dealing hippies on a motorcycle trip through the Southwest and South to take in the New Orleans Mardi Gras.
Treatment at a detox clinic helped him stop drinking but he still used cocaine, and at one point he became so hallucinatory that he was committed to the psychiatric ward of a Los Angeles hospital.
Upon his release, Hopper joined Alcoholics Anonymous, quit drugs and launched yet another comeback.
Hopper took a large cast and crew to a village in Peru to film the tale of a Peruvian tribe corrupted by a movie company.
Trouble on the set developed almost immediately, as Peruvian authorities pestered the company, drug-induced orgies were reported and Hopper seemed out of control.
Other than Steve Scott and King Koopa, I personally remember him best for his guest appearance on the Gorillaz album Demon Days; being more specific, he contributed narration to the song "Fire Coming Out of a Monkey's Head".
LOS ANGELES - Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in "Rebel Without a Cause," an improbable smash with "Easy Rider" and a classic character role in "Blue Velvet," has died. Hopper died Saturday at his home in the Los Angeles beach community of Venice, surrounded by family and friends, family friend Alex Hitz said.
He was married five times and frequently embarked on drug and drink binges before periodically checking himself in to rehab clinics.
He had recently been involved in a bitter divorce case against Victoria Duffy-Hopper, 42, who had been his wife of 14 years.
The establishment gave official blessing in 1998 when "Easy Rider" was included in the United States National Film Registry for being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."Its success prompted studio heads to schedule a new kind of movie: low cost, with inventive photography and themes about a young, restive baby boom generation.
With Hopper hailed as a brilliant filmmaker, Universal Pictures lavished 0,000 on his next project, "The Last Movie."The title was prescient.
Like many of the great stars, he learnt his trade in the Actors Studio, making his debut television appearance in 1955 and his film debut in Rebel Without a Cause, starring James Dean, in the same year.