Dennis Hopper is 74 today and, like most of my generation, I will remember him in the film 'Easy Rider' he made with Peter Fonda in 1968.
Things you probably didn't know about Dennis :
* at the age of 13, moved to San Diego, where his mother worked as a lifeguard instructor and his father was a post office manager.
* in High School he developed an interest in acting, which led him to 'The Actors Studio' in New York City where he studied with Lee Strasberg for five years.
* struck up a friendship with actor Vincent Price, whose passion for art influenced his interest in art.
* made his debut on film with James Dean in 'Rebel Without a Cause' in 1955 followed by 'Giant' in 1956.
* 'Easy Rider', was plagued by creative differences and personal acrimony between him and Peter Fonda.
The trailer :
The making of the film :