So Long, Dennis Hopper

Last Ride for a

Mellowed Rebel

He trail blazed to fame with his “Easy Rider” (1969), and to critical acclaim at least twice thereafter: eulogizing madness in Francis Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now” (1979) and as one of the silver screen’s greatest psychos, in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” (1986). Hopper, who died May 29 at 74, started early and good, with brief roles in Nicholas Ray’s “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955), and Stuart Rosenberg’s “Cool Hand Luke” (1967). He directed, photographed, painted, bought art, fought ex-wives, voted for the Bushes, acted some more and once said, “There is no evil in me. I just wear tight underwear.” Dennis, you’ll be missed.

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