Dennis Hopper: Remembering a big-screen rebel

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Dennis Hopper: Remembering a big-screen rebel

Hippie filmmaker, Hollywood hellraiser, internationally acclaimed artist, double Oscar nominee – Dennis Hopper had many guises over the course of his six-decade career. Known for playing often wild and deranged characters and for his sometimes colourful social life, the hugely talented actor leaves a gap in Tinseltown that won't easily be filled. As the acting world mourns his loss, we take a look at the life of a big-screen rebel.

Dennis developed an interest in acting in high school, going on to study at the famous Actors Studio in New York. After landing a few small TV roles he was cast opposite James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause in 1955. Dennis (foreground, in blue) bonded immediately with his co-star and James' death that same year in a car accident affected him deeply.

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