Hopper, the actor who upended Hollywood with his hippie classic, lost chunks of his career to hard-headedness and drugs, and wound up a revered elder statesman, died Saturday, May 29 at his home in Venice after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer. He was 74, and on seemingly on his ninth, if not tenth, life.
Unpredictable to the end, Hopper filed for divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria, while undergoing chemotherapy.
“I’ve reinvented myself so many times,” he once said.
Twice nominated for an Oscar, Hopper came up with his greatest creation when he and Peter Fonda decided to make “a Western, only on motorcycles.”