We'll Miss You, Dennis Hopper

Critics return again and again to 'Easy Rider'
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2010 3:09 PM CDT
We'll Miss You, Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper in 2008.   (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

A sampling of lines from the obituaries of Dennis Hopper, who died today at age 74.

  • Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today: "As buckskin-draped Billy and star-spangled Wyatt, he and Peter Fonda became hippie-era icons as stoner cowboys in search of America atop heavy-metal steeds in 1969's Easy Rider."
  • Kiran Aditham, MediaBistro: Yeah, he personified the 1960s counterculture in Easy Rider and "creeped us the hell out" in Blue Velvet, but don't forget he provided "one of the best monologues in film history in True Romance." (Click through for the link.)

  • Edward Pyatt, New York Times: His "portrayals of drug-addled, often deranged misfits in the landmark films Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now, and Blue Velvet drew on his early out-of-control experiences as part of a new generation of Hollywood rebel."
  • Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor film critic (as quoted in the Los Angeles Times): "Dennis Hopper was part of that sort of misfit, rebel-persona generation where you just didn't hit your mark and say your lines and try to create a movie icon type of presence. He was much more rough-hewn, rough-edged and intuitive as an actor, and this created a lot of problems early on."

(Read more Dennis Hopper stories.)

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