We all know that celebrity deaths always seem to come in waves, and now, one day after the passing of Gary Coleman, we have another sad obituary to report. And, no offense to Gary Coleman, but this is someone who is known for being a little more than just a child star of the ’80s. The inimitable Dennis Hopper has finally succumbed to prostate cancer this weekend at his home in Venice, California, surrounded by his wife and children. He was 74 years old.
Hopper was first diagnosed last October, but we hadn’t heard much about his health in recent months. His last public appearance was in March when he received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is another guy (like Patrick Swayze) who simply seemed too tough to die, but alas this is not the case. Hopper will most certainly be missed, but leaves behind a great body of work. He’ll always be remembered for Easy Rider, a movie that defined a generation, but many of his other career highlights include True Grit, Cool Hand Luke, True Romance, Blue Velvet, Hoosiers, Speed, and of course, Super Mario Bros. What are your favourite Dennis Hopper performances?