Famous colleagues and collaborators of Dennis Hopper have begun to release statements to pay tribute to the actor, who died Saturday at age 74 after a battle with prostate cancer. The two-time Academy Award nominee's career as an actor, artist, writer and director spanned six decades, and included a vast range of films from "Rebel Without a Cause" and "Easy Rider" to "Speed." While no funeral or memorial plans have been announced, his many famous friends issued statements about his passing over the weekend.
"Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and 'lost' films," Peter Fonda said about his "Easy Rider" co-star, director and co-writer, according to EW.com. "We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship."
A retrospective of Hopper's photography and painting that was planned before his death will open next week at the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art.
Gene Hackman, who starred with Hopper in "Hoosiers," honored the actor's independent spirit. "As an actor, one is always taken by someone who is different," Hackman said. "An iconoclast, Dennis was an artist, and I will always treasure having worked with him. He will be missed."
Fellow film great Isabella Rossellini, who co-starred in "Blue Velvet," recalled working with Hopper during a transitional time in his life. "When I first met Dennis on the set of 'Blue Velvet,' he had just come out of rehab. I was afraid of him, but Dennis turned out to be infinitely kind, compassionate and understanding," she said in a statement. "He had gone to hell and came back from it with great wisdom. It will take me a while to realize and accept he isn't with us any longer."
Film critic Roger Ebert wrote on Twitter, "Dennis Hopper was born in Dodge City, and man, did he ever get out of Dodge."
Hopper was not only remembered by those who worked with him, but also by other celebrities who were touched by Hopper performances.
"You take the great ones for granted until they're gone. RIP Dennis Hopper," Slash tweeted.
British actor Simon Pegg added, "Just heard we lost Dennis Hopper at 74. Great actor, sad loss. Sometimes he goes too far. He's the first one to admit it."
"Wow, RIP to one of my favorite actors, Dennis Hopper," Talib Kweli wrote. "From 'Easy Rider' to 'Apocalypse Now' to 'True Romance,' his performance blew me away."
"Punky Brewster" star Soleil Moon Frye also paid tribute on Twitter. "RIP Dennis Hopper. The world was your canvas & you captured it brilliantly. Thank u for the friendship u gave my dad & inspiration u gave us all."
Christina Applegate added, "Sweet Dennis Hopper. Bless you for your gifts you gave us all these years."
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