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May 29, 2010


I was never particularly fond of Dennis Hopper's performances but he didn't go unnoticed.

After returning to LA from Mexico at the moment his health and marriage sagas were in the LA Times, I had occasion to think about "There but for the grace of gawd..." because he was barely a year older than my own husband who also had prostate cancer but was surviving very well after a prostatectomy.

I am so happy that I am not even remotely famous.

And I'm thrilled that you are out there on "The Dead Beat" doing your priceless, unsung–except by your hardcore fans–obits on the famous and infamous of Hollywood. I always love to read your work, Danny.

Cheers from rainy central France!

What a week! These things come in threes... I'm holding my breath.

Interesting and educational tributes [as usual] to both Cary Coleman and Dennis Hopper. I'm can't get over what Hopper confessed to consuming daily. Truly a miracle he lived as long as he did. I'd read before how fond he was of James Dean -- this reminded me of the fact. That always moved me for some reason.

You should create a book of these tributes. They're like CliffsNotes with buried facts, nummy nuggets, about people in the business.

Dear Danny,
It seems that method acting requires that you act at least a little weird. But, I have noticed that, whenever a method actor is on the screen, they command your attention. Dennis Hopper certainly did that.

BTW, I was surprised to see a completely clean cut Richard Boone at the beginning of that first clip.

Sad that Dennis Hopper had to wait until 2010 to get his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

It seems you have had to write a lot of Obits lately, Danny....I didn't know Dennis Hopper--though I had one very interesting encounter with him waaaaaay back in the early 1960's--he was married to Brooke Hayward at that time. But I know a lot of people who did know him....He certainly was a fascinating and interesting man---his love of Art, his own very wonderful photography...a career in film that certainly had it's highs and lows....I think his last year or so was pretty horrific....One hopes he is now out of pain and at rest. He was a very complex and talented guy. RIP Mr. Hopper.

A Republican?!

Loved this, Danny. I didn't know anything about his earlier acting history other than Rebel.

What I do know is that for his wonderful movie, "EAsy Rider" was that he took the
Bird song for the theme, and he never paid a cent to the singers of the song or its writers for its use in the film. What are hippies gonna do, sue when they didn't have the money? So all I thought of when he died was another line from the great songwriter, Antonia and the Holy Modal Rounders. "Gotta take that rip off artist down, down." Now in her 70s and in poor health, I know she has no picasso to ease her pain. As always, I love your blog.

OOPs, i goofed up the should read, "Gotta bring that take off artist down" Sorry to Antonia who is a better songwriter than my memory.

He was a handsome kid. And a great actor. Rode an elevator with him once, though, and he had a certain unpleasant quality.

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