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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

June 1, 2010 at 9:32 AM

Dennis Hopper, 1936-2010

A quick post (as I rush off to SIFF screenings) in memory of the actor/director Dennis Hopper, who died Saturday of cancer. Hopper’s up-and-down career began with a small role in 1955’s “Rebel Without a Cause,” and went on to include unforgettable work in “Easy Rider,” “Apocalypse Now,” “Blue Velvet” (one of the most shiver-inducing performances I’ve ever seen) and many more. Here’s his obituary in the Los Angeles Times, along with a remembrance from a writer who knew him well. (My favorite tidbit from the obit: Asked what he was inhaling from that mask in “Blue Velvet,” Hopper would reply, “Lee Strasberg” [the famed Method acting teacher]).
And here he is as many will remember him — in “Apocalypse Now”:

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