Dennis Hopper helped to spark a film revolution

It is fitting that Dennis Hopper’s last public appearance was when he was awarded his pavement star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March. Fitting but astonishing, too, that it took so long for his huge contribution to filmmaking, which began in the Fifties, to be recognised by that particular Tinseltown institution. Drew Barrymore (b. 1975) got hers six years ago.

Hopper, who died of cancer on Saturday at the age of 74, was one of the great movie mavericks, a terrific character and terrific character actor. He had an unsettling, often menacing air about him on-screen, and it always seemed that he brought something of his eventful private life to his roles.

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