Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 — May 29, 2010) was an American actor known for working in and pioneering the New Hollywood period. Hopper began his career in bit parts on various television shows and had small roles in the James Dean
and Rebel Without a Cause
, however Hopper made his breakout role in Easy Rider
, which he also directed. He was able to spin this initial success into long and prosperous career in Hollywood, with roles in films such as Apocalypse Now
, Blue Velvet
and True Romance
. His career was punctuated by a lengthy history of drug abuse, which he finally overcame in 1983, and troubled relationships with women (One of his wives divorced him after two weeks of marriage). Hopper was also infamous for playing King 'Bowser' Koopa in the critically panned Super Mario Bros: The Movie
, a career move Hopper credited with ruining his career. Hopper tragically passed away from prostate cancer on May 29th 2010, 12 days after his 74th birthday.
He had a cameo on Demon Days
where he read the story during "Fire Coming Out Of The Monkey's Head".