As you probably heard, actor/director/artist Dennis Hopper died Saturday of prostate cancer at the age of 74. He had recently been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, his last public appearance. That after 50 years in the business – his credits dating all the way back to the golden age of television.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Dennis Hopper in 1998. We talked about his career in film, first as an actor and then his decision to try his hand at directing, which he did quite successfully with "Easy Rider." He was a soft spoken man whose responses were not PR-created. He talked to me, it seemed, from the heart. Hopper was more comfortable in his Venice digs than hobnobbing with the Hollywood elite.
He talked about his friendship with the L.A. art community and his passion for art and photography.
Hopper speaking about his painting:
Hopper talking about how he started photography: