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Dennis Lee Hopper 1936 – 2010

Dennis Lee Hopper, 74, of “Easy Rider” fame, died on May 29, 2010 at his home in the coastal L.A. suburb of Venice due to complications from prostate cancer. He had the starring role on the Starz network television series “Crash” at the time of his death.

Hopper’s manager first reported the news of his cancer on October 29, 2009. In January 2010 it was reported that his cancer had metastasized to his bones. By March his condition was described as terminal. The veteran actor was honored on March 18, 2010, with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, his last public appearance. See photos and video below.

His movie career spanned 1955-2009. His first roles were in two films featuring James Dean: “Rebel Without a Cause” and “Giant”. He received Academy Award nominations for “Easy Rider” and “Hosiers”, and a Golden Globe nod for “Blue Velvet”. His last movie, “Alpha and Omega”, will be released later this year. He provides the voice of Tony in the computer animated 3-D family adventure film.

On January 14, 2010, the actor filed for divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy. Calling her “insane”, “inhuman”, and “volatile”, he requested and was granted a restraining order against her on February 11, 2010. The court order forbid her from contacting him or coming within 10 feet of her estranged husband.

Court activity continued, though the actor was too ill to participate. Hopper tried to have his estranged wife evicted from a house on his property, but was unable to get the court to force the issue. In March a judge ruled that she could remain in the home, and ordered the actor to pay $12,000 a month in spousal and child support for their daughter Galen Grier Hopper, 7.

On May 12, 2010, L.A. Superior Court Judge Amy Pellman ruled that she would not allow Duffy’s name to be removed as beneficiary on Hopper’s life insurance policy. Based upon that ruling, it appears that Victoria will be paid a death benefit, unless Hopper’s children from previous marriages take the matter back to court for further review.

Hopper has three grown children: Marin Hopper is 48, Ruthanna Hopper is 36, and Henry Lee Hopper, 20.

More photos and video from his Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony two months ago:

Photos: PicApp; WENN