Monday, 17 May 2010

Britain's 'baby boomers' say " Happy Birthday" to Dennis Hopper and remember the 1960's

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 :

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