Dennis Hopper filmography

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Dennis Hopper, with gray hair and a gray goatee, wearing a hat and sunglasses
Hopper in June 2008

Dennis Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He made his first television appearance in 1955, and appeared in two films featuring James Dean, Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Over the next ten years, Hopper appeared frequently on television in guest roles, and by the end of the 1960s had played supporting roles in several films.

He directed and starred in Easy Rider (1969), winning an award at the Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay) as co-writer. He had a featured role in Apocalypse Now (1979). He subsequently appeared in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983), and received critical recognition for his work in Blue Velvet and Hoosiers, with the latter film garnering him an Academy Award nomination for best Supporting Actor. He directed Colors (1988). Hopper starred in the 1990 Motion Picture Flashback which was inspired by the 1960s Love Movement. He also played the villain in Speed (1994). A total of six films starring Dennis Hopper have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. Hopper died of prostate cancer on May 29, 2010, 12 days after his 74th birthday and two months after he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


Hopper's film career spanned 55 years and encompassed appearances in over 150 films. Of those films: Rebel Without a Cause,[1] Giant,[2] Cool Hand Luke,[2] Easy Rider,[3] Apocalypse Now,[4] and Hoosiers[5] have been selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

As actor[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1955 Rebel Without a Cause[I] Goon
1955 I Died a Thousand Times Joe Uncredited
1956 Giant[I] Jordan Benedict III
1957 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral Billy Clanton
1957 Story of Mankind, TheThe Story of Mankind Napoleon Bonaparte
1957 Sayonara MP in Kelly's house/MP at Tokyo airport Voice only
1958 From Hell to Texas Tom Boyd
1958 Swiss Family Robinson Fritz Television film
1959 Young Land, TheThe Young Land Hatfield Carnes
1960 Key Witness William "Cowboy" Tomkins
1961 Night Tide Johnny Drake
1964 Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys, TheThe Thirteen Most Beautiful Boys Short film
1964 Tarzan and Jane Regained... Sort of
1965 Sons of Katie Elder, TheThe Sons of Katie Elder Dave Hastings
1965 Screen Test #1 Himself Short film
1965 Screen Test #2 Himself Short film
1966 Queen of Blood Paul Grant
1966 Screen Test #3 Himself Short film
1966 Screen Test #4 Himself Short film
1967 Trip, TheThe Trip Max
1967 Cool Hand Luke[I] Babalugats
1967 Luke Himself Short film
1968 The Glory Stompers Chino
1968 Hang 'Em High The Prophet
1968 Panic in the City Goff
1968 Head Long haired guy at filmshoot in restaurant Extra
1969 Easy Rider[I] Billy
1969 True Grit Moon
1970 Festival Game, TheThe Festival Game Himself Documentary
1971 Last Movie, TheThe Last Movie Kansas
1971 American Dreamer, TheThe American Dreamer Himself Documentary
1972 Other Side of the Wind, TheThe Other Side of the Wind
1972 Crush Proof
1973 Kid Blue Bickford Waner
1976 Mad Dog Morgan Daniel Morgan
1977 Tracks 1st Sgt. Jack Falen
1977 American Friend, TheThe American Friend Tom Ripley original title: Der amerikanische Freund
1977 The Sorcerer's Apprentice (fr) A spy original title: Les apprentis sorciers
1978 Flesh Color Mel original title: Couleur chair
1978 Last In, First Out Medford original title: L'ordre et la sécurité du monde
1979 Apocalypse Now[I] Lieutnant Colonel Bill Kilgore
1979 Bloodbath Chicken original title: Las flores del vicio
1980 Out of the Blue Don
1981 Reborn (es) Rev. Tom Hartley original title: Renacer
1981 King of the Mountain Cal
1982 Neil Young: Human Highway Cracker
1983 Rumble Fish Father
1983 Osterman Weekend, TheThe Osterman Weekend Richard Tremayne
1983 White Star (de) Kenneth Barlow
1984 Jungle Warriors Uncredited
original title: Euer Weg führt durch die Hölle
1984 The Inside Man Miller original title: Slagskämpen
1985 Rabbit Ears: The Ugly Duckling Storyteller Voice only
1985 A Hero of Our Time Uncredited
Short film
1985 O.C. and Stiggs Sponson
1985 Rabbit Ears: The Steadfast Tin Soldier Storyteller Voice only
1985 Stark Lieutenant Ron Bliss Television film
1985 My Science Project Bob Roberts
1986 Riders of the Storm The Captain
1986 Stark: Mirror Image Lieutenant Ron Bliss Television film
1986 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, TheThe Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright
1986 River's Edge Feck
1986 Blue Velvet Frank Booth
1986 Hoosiers[I] Shooter
1987 Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Storyteller Voice only
1987 Running Out of Luck Video Director
1987 Black Widow Ben Dumers
1987 Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Peter Rabbit Storyteller Voice only
1987 Straight to Hell I.G. Farben
1987 Pick-up Artist, TheThe Pick-up Artist Flash Jensen
1987 Santabear's High Flying Adventure Voice only
Television film
1988 Black Leather Jacket Narrator Voice only
Television film
1989 Rabbit Ears: The Fisherman and His Wife Storyteller Voice only
1989 Rabbit Ears: Thumbelina Storyteller Voice only
1989 Rabbit Ears: How the Leopard Got His Spots Storyteller Voice only
1989 Blood Red William Bradford Berrigan Filmed in 1986
1989 Chattahoochee Walker Benson
1990 Rabbit Ears: Paul Bunyan Storyteller Voice only
1990 Flashback Huey Walker
1990 Catchfire (re-released in a Director's Cut by Dennis Hopper as BackTrack) Milo
1990 Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol Himself Documentary
1991 Rabbit Ears: King Midas and the Golden Touch Storyteller Voice only
1991 Rabbit Ears: The Fool and the Flying Ship Storyteller Voice only
1991 Paris Trout Paris Trout
1991 Indian Runner, TheThe Indian Runner Caesar
1991 Doublecrossed Barry Seal Television film
1991 Eye of the Storm Marvin Gladstone
1991 Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse Himself Documentary
1991 SnowwhiteRosered Himself Documentary
1992 Rabbit Ears: Annie Oakley Storyteller Voice only
1992 Rabbit Ears: Rip Van Winkle Storyteller Voice only
1992 Rabbit Ears: Jonah and the Whale Storyteller Voice only
1992 Nails Harry 'Nails' Niles Television film
1992 Sunset Heat Carl Madson
1992 The Heart of Justice Austin Blair Television film
1993 Boiling Point Rudolph 'Red' Diamond
1993 Super Mario Bros. President King Koopa
1993 Red Rock West Lyle from Dallas
1993 True Romance Clifford Worley
1994 Chasers Doggie
1994 Speed Howard Payne
1994 Witch Hunt H. Philip Lovecraft Television film
1995 Dennis Hopper: L.A. Blues Host Television film
1995 Hell: A Cyberpunk Thriller Mr. Beautiful Voice only
Video game
1995 Search and Destroy Dr. Luther Waxling
1995 Waterworld Deacon
1996 Carried Away Joseph Svenden
1996 Space Truckers John Canyon
1996 Basquiat Bruno Bischofberger
1996 The Last Days of Frankie the Fly Frankie
1996 Samson and Delilah Generale Tariq Television film
1997 Good Life, TheThe Good Life Mr. B Never released[6]
1997 Making of 'Super Mario Brothers', TheThe Making of 'Super Mario Brothers' King Koopa Television film
1997 The Blackout Mickey Wayne
1997 Road Ends Sheriff Ben Gilchrist
1997 Top of the World Charles Atlas
1997 Who Is Henry Jaglom? Himself Documentary
1998 Black Dahlia Walter Pensky Voice only
Video game
1998 Tycus Peter Crawford Direct-to-video
1998 Meet the Deedles Frank Slater
1999 Justice Uncredited
1999 Lured Innocence Rick Chambers
1999 Black And The White, TheThe Black And The White Oliver Chamberlain
1999 Prophet's Game, TheThe Prophet's Game Vincent Swan
1999 EDtv Henry 'Hank' Pekumy
1999 Straight Shooter Frank Hector
1999 Jesus' Son Bill
1999 Venice Project, TheThe Venice Project Roland/Salvatore
1999 Bad City Blues Cleveland Carter
1999 Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius Narrator Documentary
1999 Source, TheThe Source William S. Burroughs Documentary
2000 Michael Angel Lewis Garou
2000 The Spreading Ground Det. Ed DeLongpre
2000 Luck of the Draw Giani Ponti
2000 Jason and the Argonauts Pelias Television film
2 parts
2000 Held for Ransom JD
2001 Ticker Alex Swan
2001 Choke Henry Clark
2001 Knockaround Guys Benny Chains
2001 L.A.P.D.: To Protect and to Serve Captain Elsworth
2001 Jazz Seen: The Life and Times of William Claxton Himself Documentary
2002 Firestarter: Rekindled James Richardson Television film
2002 Unspeakable Warden Earl Blakely
2002 Leo Horace
2002 Piano Player, TheThe Piano Player Robert Nile
2002 Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Steve Scott Voice only
Video game
2002 Groovenians, TheThe Groovenians Dad/King Norman Voice only
Television film
2002 1 Giant Leap Himself Documentary
2002 I Don't Know Jack Himself Documentary
2002 Venice: Lost and Found Himself Documentary
2003 Suspense Narrator Television film
2003 Night We Called It a Day, TheThe Night We Called It a Day Frank Sinatra
2003 New Scenes from America Himself - Actor Short film
2003 Easy Riders, Raging Bulls: How the Sex, Drugs and Rock 'N' Roll Generation Saved Hollywood Himself Documentary
2003 The Target Robert Nile
2003 A Decade Under the Influence Himself Documentary
2003 Dennis Hopper: Create (or Die) Himself Documentary
2004 Legacy CHP Officer
2004 Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary... The Hits Victor Castiglione (segment "Victory")
2004 Keeper, TheThe Keeper Krebs
2004 Out of Season Harry Barlow
2004 Last Ride, TheThe Last Ride Ronnie Purnell Television film
2004 Tell Them Who You Are Himself Documentary
2005 House of 9 Father Duffy
2005 Americano Riccardo
2005 Crow: Wicked Prayer, TheThe Crow: Wicked Prayer El Niño
2005 Land of the Dead Kaufman
2005 Inside Deep Throat Narrator Documentary
2005 Going Through Splat: The Life and Work of Stewart Stern Himself Documentary
2005 Champion Himself Documentary
2005 Sketches of Frank Gehry Himself Documentary
2006 10th & Wolf Matty Matello
2006 Memory Max Lichtenstein
2006 Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose, TheThe Holy Modal Rounders: Bound to Lose Himself Documentary
2006 Hoboken Hollow Sheriff Greer
2006 Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi Narrator Documentary
2006 Andy Warhol: A Documentary Film Himself Documentary
2006 3055 Jean Leon Himself Documentary
2007 By the Ways: A Journey with William Eggleston Himself Documentary
2008 Hell Ride Eddie Zero
2008 Sleepwalking Mr. Reedy
2008 Elegy George O'Hearn
2008 Swing Vote Donald Greenleaf
2008 Palermo Shooting Frank
2008 An American Carol The Judge
2008 Bananaz Himself Documentary
2008 Générations 68 Himself Documentary
2008 Chelsea on the Rocks Himself Documentary
2008 Ferlinghetti: A City Light Himself Documentary
2008 Brothers Warner, TheThe Brothers Warner Himself Documentary
2008 No Subtitles Necessary: Laszlo & Vilmos Himself Documentary
2008 Dead On: The Life and Cinema of George A. Romero Himself Documentary
2009 Deadly Creatures Wade Voice only
Video game
2010 Alpha and Omega Tony Voice only
CGI animated film
Released posthumously
2015 The Other Side of the Wind Lucas Renard In post production
2016 The Last Film Festival Nick Twain In post production

^ I denotes film preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

As a writer, director, or editor[edit]

Year Title Credited as Notes
Writer Director Editor
1967 The Trip Yes Uncredited
Second unit director
1969 Easy Rider Yes Yes
1971 The American Dreamer Yes Documentary
The Last Movie Yes Yes Yes
1980 Out of the Blue Yes Yes Uncredited as writer
1988 Colors Yes
1990 Catchfire Yes
The Hot Spot Yes
1994 Chasers Yes
2000 Homeless Yes

Television appearances[edit]

Early in his career, Hopper made multiple appearances on television series, beginning with a single appearance on the anthology series Cavalcade of America. Hopper continued guest starring on television throughout the 1950s and '60s. Late in his career, Hopper returned to television with a recurring role on 24, a one-time appearance on Las Vegas, and starring roles on E-Ring and Crash.

Year Show Role Run Notes
1954 Cavalcade of America Single episode Acting debut
1955 Medic Robert Single episode
1955 The Public Defender Frankie Single episode
1955 Letter to Loretta Ross Morton Single episode
1956 Kings Row Tod Monaghan Single episode
1956 Screen Director's Playhouse Steve Redman Single episode
1956 Kaiser Aluminum Hour, TheThe Kaiser Aluminum Hour Pauly Single episode
Cheyenne Abe Larson, Utah kid, Roden's Ranch Hand 1956–1957 3 episodes
1957 Conflict Ed Novak 2 episodes
1957 Sugarfoot Billy the Kid Single episode
1958 Studio One David Williams 2 episodes
Zane Grey Theater Vernon 'Vern' Tippert, Denny Sunrise 1958–1959 2 episodes
Rifleman, TheThe Rifleman Vernon Tippert, Johnny Clover 1958–1959 2 episodes
1959 Lineup, TheThe Lineup Leighton Single episode
1960 Betty Hutton Show, TheThe Betty Hutton Show Mike Single episode
1960 Millionaire, TheThe Millionaire Adam Spencer Single episode
1960 Barbara Stanwyck Show, TheThe Barbara Stanwyck Show Gerald Collins Single episode
1961 Naked City Vinnie Winford Single episode
1961 87th Precinct Andrew Mason Single episode
1961 The Investigators Adrian Brewster Single episode
1962 General Electric Theater Fred Judson Single episode
1962 Surfside 6 Trask Single episode
1963 Twilight Zone, TheThe Twilight Zone Peter Vollmer Single episode
1963 Dakotas, TheThe Dakotas Ross Kendrick Single episode
1963 Wagon Train Emmett Lawton Single episode
1963 Espionage Ferno Single episode
1963 Greatest Show on Earth, TheThe Greatest Show on Earth Rhymer Single episode
Defenders, TheThe Defenders Alfred Carter Jr., Jason Thomas 1962–1963 2 episodes
1964 Petticoat Junction Alan Landman Single episode
1964 Arrest and Trial Coley Mitchum Single episode
1964 Lieutenant, TheThe Lieutenant Peter Devlin Single episode
1964 Bonanza Dev Farnum Single episode
1965 Gunsmoke Billy Kimbo Single episode
1965 Convoy Roger Small Single episode
1966 Legend of Jesse James, TheThe Legend of Jesse James Jud Salt Single episode
1966 Time Tunnel, TheThe Time Tunnel Passenger Single episode
1967 Combat! Zack Fielder Single episode
1967 Guns of Will Sonnett, TheThe Guns of Will Sonnett Vern Reed Single episode
1967 Big Valley, TheThe Big Valley Leon Grell, Jimmy Sweetwater 2 episodes
1980 Wild Times Doc Holliday Miniseries
1990 Saturday Night Live Host
2002 Flatland Smith 8 episodes
2002 24 Victor Drazen 5 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Jon Castille Single episode
E-Ring Col. Eli McNulty 2005–2006 23 episodes
2007 Entourage Dennis Hopper Single episode
Crash Ben Cendars 2008–2009 26 episodes


  1. ^ Gamarekian, Barbara (October 19, 1990). "Library of Congress Adds 25 Titles to National Film Registry". The New York Times. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Librarian of Congress Adds 25 Films to National Film Registry" (Press release). Library of Congress. December 20, 2005. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Hooray for Hollywood - Librarian Names 25 More Films to National Registry" (Press release). Library of Congress. November 16, 1998. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry" (Press release). Library of Congress. December 27, 2000. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Librarian of Congress Names 25 More Films to National Film Registry" (Press release). Library of Congress. December 18, 2001. Archived from the original on December 7, 2009. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  6. ^ "The wild, untold story of The Good Life". Little White Lies. February 11, 2017. Retrieved February 24, 2017. 

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