Dennis Hopper: Co-stars Gene Hackman, Peter Fonda, and Isabella Rossellini pay tribute

Several of Dennis Hopper’s co-stars from films like Easy Rider, Hoosiers, and Blue Velvet are paying tribute to the late actor and director, who passed away Saturday from complications of cancer. Here are their statements to EW:

Peter Fonda, co-star in Easy Rider (1969): “Dennis introduced me to the world of Pop Art and ‘lost’ films. We rode the highways of America and changed the way movies were made in Hollywood. I was blessed by his passion and friendship.”

Gene Hackman, co-star in Hoosiers (1986): “As an actor, one is always taken by someone who is different. An iconoclast, Dennis was an artist and I will always treasure having worked with him. He will be missed.”

Isabella Rossellini, co-star in Blue Velvet (1986): “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. 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.”

Check back here for more tributes from Hopper’s friends and colleagues.

(Reporting by Mandi Bierly and Adam B. Vary)

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  • Madd

    My husband and I just watched Easy Rider as a tribute to Dennis. He will be missed.

  • whitneymuse

    I saw Easy Rider, the first time I took acid. (((whew, what we did in our youth….whew)); that was interesting….it was in Westwood…just near UCLA….in the Village….my my my.

  • Dancing Queen

    I am 50 years old , and was only 12 when Easy Rider came out. I saw the film in my college years – Thank you Minor Theater in Arcata, CA- and I also saw it last year on Cable TV.
    3 great performances by Hopper, Fonda and Nicholson. It is a classic.

    • Lisa

      If you’re 50, wouldn’t you have been 9 when Easy Rider came out (in 1969)?

      • Elaine

        What difference does it make if she was 9 or 12…get a life.

      • Ben

        I agree with Lisa in that Dancing Queen was obviously trying to make a point about her age, but she was off by three years. So why don’t YOU go get a life, Elaine?

      • LOL

        America fails at math.

    • Enola

      The only movies I can relate to about him was “Waterworld” and “Land of the Dead”. Sweetiey, your old!!

      • Rob R

        rent “Easy Rider” and growup

      • Rob R

        BTW Adult Language is: “sweetie you’re”

      • Greg C

        Enola…Saw your comment “you’re old” wanna prize for not being old.You’ll get there soon enough. Show some respect.

      • Greg C

        Wow. “Waterworld” and “Land of the Dead”, now those are two movies that come to mind when I think of all time “Classics”.

      • LOL

        America fails at spelling.

      • Rob R

        LOL, Benny, & Enola fail at showing respect for an American Movie Icon.

      • important discussion

        tuna fish

  • danny salmon

    Three movies, made in the 60s which
    uniquely incorporated music and mood were The Graduate, Butch Cassidy and Easy Rider. These films
    set the standard of things to come in Hollywood, Dennis was a visionary and will be missed.

  • Getulio Medeiros

    He’s changed the point of view of a whole generation that was “without destiny” (like it’s known in Brazil).

  • Sean Smith

    • Sean Smith

      f* ez rider check out this clip.

  • Getulio Medeiros

    I mean “Easy Rider” was translated as “Without a Destini” into Brazilian Portuguese.

  • Enola

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  • Rob R

    In 1969, I saw Dennis on the red carpet at the Academy Adwards, he was wearing a cowboy hat. Months later, I quit my computer repair job, and went on a LA to NYC bike trip. I went back to repairing computers. That trip (www. pbase . com/manateerob) was my Easy Rider.

  • shellibelli

    who cares what movies a “classic” actor was seen in? If it was Waterworld, not his best, but his performance might inspire his fans to watch his better films.

  • S

    His first film role was a small part in “Rebel without a Cause.” He later worked w. James Dean again in “Giant.”

  • ls

    Who cares age age or movies that didn’t make much of a difference? Dennis Hopper was an intriguing man and a great actor. I’ll miss him.

  • Anita

    Dennis Hopper films: “Rebel without a Cause”, “Giant”, “Easy Rider”, “Apocalypse Now”, “Hoosiers”, “Speed” to name a few… See them. Whatever the character he portrayed, he inhabited him with passion.

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