Fast Facts

  • During the making of 1958's From Hell to Texas, he fought with director Henry Hathaway, an incident that Hopper claimed got him banned from major studio productions for several years.
  • Moved to New York City to work in TV, and worked part-time as a photographer.
  • Walked off the set after the first day of filming The Truman Show. The role was later filled by Ed Harris.
  • Garnered acclaim for his paintings and photographs.
  • Appeared in more than 140 TV series.
  • Passed away on May 29, 2010, after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.


  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Special: Nominee
  • 1986, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1969, Oscar — Best Writing (Story and Screenplay--based on material not previously published or produced): Nominee
  • 1987, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 1987, Independent Spirit Awards — Best Male Lead: Nominee
  • 1969, Directors Guild of America Awards — Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film: Nominee
  • 1969, Cannes Film Festival — Best First Film: Winner
  • 1970, Writers Guild Awards — Original Drama: Nominee


  • Jay Hopper — Father
  • Galen Grier Hopper — Daughter
  • Michelle Phillips — Ex-wife
  • Ruthanna Hopper — Daughter
  • Brooke Hayward — Ex-wife
  • Daria Halprin — Ex-wife
  • Henry Lee Hopper — Son
  • Marin Hopper — Daughter
  • Marjorie Hopper — Mother
  • Katherine LaNasa — Ex-wife
  • Victoria Duffy — Wife (separated)


  • Attended Old Globe Theatre, San Diego, CA; attended Actors Studio, New York, NY

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  • Birth Name: Dennis Lee Hopper
  • Birth Place: Dodge City, KS
  • Died: May 29, 2010
  • Profession: Actor, Director, Screenwriter, Visual artist

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