Fresh Air remembers the iconic screen actor, who starred in such films as Easy Rider, Hoosiers and Apocalypse Now. Hopper sat down with Terry Gross in both 1990 and 1996 to discuss his film career, his battle with drugs and his career as an artist.
A new special DVD edition of David Lynch 1986 film Blue Velvet is coming out June 4th. It includes new interviews with the cast, and deleted scenes. We hear from several people involved with the film: Actor Dennis Hopper. He made his film debut in Rebel Without a Cause, and has starred in Blue Velvet, Rivers Edge, and Hoosiers. Hopper directed, co-wrote, and starred in the 60's classic, "Easy Rider." He has directed several films, including Colors, and the film, The Hot Spot.
Actor Dennis Hopper. Some of his films include "Easy Rider," "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet," "Speed," "Waterworld," "River's Edge," "Carried Away," "Hoosiers," and "Basquiat." Hopper made his feature film debut in "Rebel Without a Cause" in 1955. In addition to acting, Hopper has directed film and written screenplays. He is also a photographer and an art collector. This summer an exhibit of his photographs from the 1960s will be showing at the Schindler House In West Hollywood.
This year, the Libary of Congress has added the film "Easy Rider" to its National Film Registry. To honor this, we're featuring a series of interviews that have some connection to the movie. Actor Peter Fonder was nominated earlier this year for an Oscar for his performance in "Ulee's Gold." The son of actor Henry Fonda, he's best known for his role in the cult classic "Easy Rider." He's written his memoir, "Don't Tell Dad" (Hyperion) This orginally aired 3/19/98.
Guest film critic Michael Sragow, film critic for The San Francisco Examiner, reviews "Colors," the controversial film about gangs and gang violence in Los Angeles. It stars Robert Duvall and Shawn Penn, and is directed by Dennis Hopper.