Dennis Hopper

Biography

Date of Birth 17 May 1936, Dodge City, Kansas, USA Date of Death: 29 May 2010, Venice Beach, California, USA Birth Name Dennis Lee Hopper Height 5' 9" (1.75 m) Born in Dodge City, Kansas, Hopper was voted most likely to succeed by his high school class (Helix High School, La Mesa, California a suburb of San Diego, California) and it was there he developed an interest in acting. He was especially fond of the plays of William Shakespeare. Hopper made his acting debut on an episode of the Richard Boone television show Medic in 1955 playing a young epileptic. Hopper was then cast in two roles with James Dean (whom he admired immensely) Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). Dean's death in a 1955 car accident affected the young Hopper deeply and it was shortly afterwards that he got into a confrontation with veteran director Henry Hathaway on the film From Hell To Texas. Hopper refused directions for 80 takes over several days. This infamous incident resulted in his being blacklisted from films for several years. In his book Last Train to Memphis, American popular music historian Peter Guralnick says that in 1956 when Elvis Presley was making his first film in Hollywood, Dennis Hopper was roommates with fellow actor Nick Adams and the three became friends and hung out together. Hopper moved to New York and studied at the famous Lee Strasberg acting school. He appeared in over 140 episodes of television shows such as Bonanza, The Twilight Zone, The Defenders, The Big Valley, The Time Tunnel, The Rifleman and Combat!. Hopper also became an accomplished professional photographer (he has had many exhibitions of his work). He also was very talented as a painter and a poet. Hopper had a supporting role as "Babalugats," the bet-taker in Cool Hand Luke (1967). Hopper was able to resume acting in mainstream films including The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit (1969), and in both of these films he had death scenes with John Wayne. It was not until he teamed with Peter Fonda and Jack Nicholson and made Easy Rider that he really shook up the Hollywood establishment. This film came to represent the lost generation of the Vietnam war and to this day is one of the most successful independent films ever made. Hopper won wide acclaim as the director of the film for his improvisational methods and innovative editing. Hopper wrote and directed another film that was released in 1971 called The Last Movie that was a box office failure and derailed his career for years. Hopper had long been an alcoholic and drug abuser and it was at this point his addiction began to dominate his life. However, Hopper did act in several films during this period such as Mad Dog Morgan (1976), Tracks (1976), The American Friend (1977) and Apocalypse Now (1979), and he won acclaim for directing and acting in Out of the Blue (1980). Immediately thereafter, Hopper also starred as an aging freebase-addled rock star in the low-budget Neil Young-Dean Stockwell collaboration Human Highway with the new wave group Devo. Production was often delayed by his unreliable behavior. Hopper's character clearly parallels the then-concurrent problems of David Crosby, who served as the basis for Billy in Easy Rider. Peter Biskind states in the New Hollywood history Easy Riders, Raging Bulls that Hopper's cocaine intake had reached three grams a day by this time period, complemented by an additional thirty beers and numerous Cuba libres. In 1983 Hopper entered a drug rehabilitation program, spent time in a state institution, and cured himself of his addictions. He gave powerful performances in Rumble Fish (1983) and The Osterman Weekend (1983). However, it was not until he portrayed the amyl nitrite-huffing, obscenity-screaming Frank Booth in David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986) that his career truly revived. After reading the script, Hopper called Lynch and told him "You have to let me play Frank Booth. Because I am Frank Booth!" Hopper won critical acclaim and a slew of awards for this role and the same year won an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for Hoosiers. In 1988, Hopper directed a critically acclaimed film about Los Angeles gangs called Colors. He has continued to be an important actor, photographer and director. He was nominated for an Emmy award for the 1991 HBO films Paris Trout and Doublecrossed (in which he played real life drug smuggler and DEA informant Barry Seal). He also co-starred in the 1994 blockbuster Speed with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. He recently contributed to the film 1 Giant Leap with provocative anecdotes on spirituality, unity and culture. Hopper teamed with Nike in the early 1990s to make a series of successful television commercials. He appeared as a "crazed referee" in those ads. He portrayed villain Victor Drazen in the first season of the popular 24 drama on the Fox television network. Hopper also starred in the NBC 2006 television series E-Ring, a drama set at The Pentagon, but the series was cancelled after 14 episodes aired. On the 2005 Gorillaz album Demon Days, Hopper performs the spoken word track "Fire Coming Out of the Monkey's Head." In July 2006, Hopper appeared in the music video for "Smiley Faces" by Gnarls Barkley, portraying faux music historian Milton Pawley. Dennis Hopper is a supporter of the Republican Party and donated money to the party for the 2004 election. Ironically, his character in the 2005 movie Land of the Dead was based rather unflatteringly on a couple of members of the Bush administration, most notably Donald Rumsfeld.

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Birth Name

Dennis Lee Hopper

Birth Place

Dodge City, Kansas, USA

Birth Date

5/17/1936

Death Date

5/29/2010
Known For
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Speed

Howard Payne

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True Romance

Clifford Worley

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Land of the Dead

Kaufman

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright

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Easy Rider

Billy

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Blue Velvet

Frank Booth

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Hoosiers

Shooter

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Alpha and Omega

Tony (voice)

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The American Friend

Tom Ripley

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The Last Ride

Ronnie Purnell

Starring In
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Hopper/Welles

Self

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Jay Sebring.... Cutting to the Truth

Self

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The Other Side of the Wind

Dennis Hopper

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They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

Himself (archive footage)

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The Last Film Festival

Nick Twain - Producer

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Along for the Ride

Himself (archive footage)

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Magician: Astonishing Life & Work Of Orson Welles

Self (archive footage)

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Corman's World: Exploits Of A Hollywood Rebel

Max (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Alpha and Omega

Tony (voice)

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Beautiful Darling

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Hell Ride

Eddie Zero

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Sleepwalking

Mr. Reedy

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Palermo Shooting

Frank

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An American Carol

The Judge

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Elegy

George O'Hearn

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Swing Vote

Donald Greenleaf

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Bananaz

Himself

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Not Quite Hollywood: The Wild, Untold Story of Ozploitation!

Himself

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Concert for Diana

Himself

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The Brothers Warner

Self - Actor

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The Cool School

Himself

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Memory

Max Lichtenstein

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The Art of Football from A to Z

Himself

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10th & Wolf

Matty Matello

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Rising Son: The Legend of Skateboarder Christian Hosoi

Narrator (voice)

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Hoboken Hollow

Sheriff Greer

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The Crow: Wicked Prayer

El Niño

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House of 9

Pater Duffy

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Land of the Dead

Kaufman

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Inside Deep Throat

Narrator (voice)

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Americano

Riccardo

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Tell Them Who You Are

Himself

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Sketches of Frank Gehry by Sydney Pollack

Himself

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Willie Nelson and Friends - Live & Kickin'

Himself (uncredited)

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The Keeper

Krebs

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Bad Boy's 10th Anniversary: The Hits!

(segment "Victory")

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Out of Season

Harry Barlow

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The Last Ride

Ronnie Purnell

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Unspeakable

Warden Earl Blakely

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Easy Riders, Raging Bulls

Himself

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A Decade Under the Influence

Himself

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The Night We Called It a Day

Frank Sinatra

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Midnight heat

Carl Madson

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I Don't Know Jack

Himself

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Firestarter 2 - Rekindled

James Richardson

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Leo

Horace

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1 Giant Leap

Himself

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The Target

Robert Nile

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Ticker

Alex Swan

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Knockaround Guys

Benny Chains

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Extorsão

Henry Clark

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L.A.P.D. To Protect and Serve

Captain Elsworth

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Luck of the Draw

Giani Ponti

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Jason and the Argonauts

Pelias

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Spreading Ground

Det. Ed DeLongpre

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Held For Ransom

JD

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Straight Shooter

Frank Hector

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EDtv

Henry 'Hank' Pekurny

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The Source

William S. Burroughs

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Bad City Blues

Cleveland Carter

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The James Dean Story

Himself - 'Giant' premiere footage (uncredited)

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The Apostate

Lewis Garou

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The Prophet's Game

Vincent Swan

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Jesus' Son (Lions Gate)

Bill

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Lured Innocence

Rick Chambers

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AFI's 100 Years - 100 Movies (CBS Television Special)

Himself

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Tycus

Peter Crawford

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Top of the World

Charles Atlas

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Warner Bros. 75th Anniversary: No Guts, No Glory

Himself (archive footage)

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Road Ends

Sheriff Ben Gilchrist

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The Blackout

Mickey Wayne

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The Last Days of Frankie The Fly

Frankie

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Top of the World

Charles Atlas

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Pretty as a Picture: The Art of David Lynch

Himself (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Con Man (aka Cannes Man)

Himself

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Space Truckers

John Canyon

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Carried Away

Joseph Svenden

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The Bible: Samson and Delilah

Generale Tariq

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Basquiat

Bruno Bischofberger

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Waterworld

Deacon

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The Keeper

Krebs

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Search and Destroy

Dr. Luther Waxling

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Dark and Deadly: 50 Years of Film Noir

Self

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Speed

Howard Payne

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Chasers

Doggie

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Witch Hunt

H. Phillip Lovecraft

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True Romance

Clifford Worley

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Super Mario Bros.

King Koopa

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Boiling Point

Red

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Red Rock West

Lyle

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The Heart of Justice

Austin Blair

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Nails

Harry 'Nails' Niles

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Fishing With John

Himself

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Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

Himself

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Paris Trout

Paris Trout

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The Indian Runner

Caesar

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Doublecrossed

Barry Seal

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Catchfire

Milo

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Flashback

Huey Walker

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Drawing the Line: A Portrait of Keith Haring

Himself

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Scenes from the Life of Andy Warhol: Friendships and Intersections

Self (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Blood Red

William Bradford Berrigan

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chattahoochee

Walker Benson

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The Pick-up Artist

Flash Jensen

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Straight to Hell

I.G. Farben

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Rabbit Ears: The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Storyteller (voice) (uncredited)

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Black Widow

Ben Dumers

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Running Out of Luck

Video Director

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River's Edge

Feck

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Hoosiers

Shooter

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Blue Velvet

Frank Booth

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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

Lieutenant 'Lefty' Enright

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The American Way

The Captain

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O.C. and Stiggs

Sponson

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My Science Project

Bob Roberts

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Stark

Lieutenant Ron Bliss

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Inside Man

Miller

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Rumble Fish

Father

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White Star

Kenneth Barlow

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The Osterman Weekend

Richard Tremayne

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Human Highway

Cracker / Stranger

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Reborn

Rev. Tom Hartley

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King of the Mountain

Cal

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Out of the Blue

Don

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Apocalypse Now

Photojournalist

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The American Friend

Tom Ripley

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Mad Dog Morgan

Daniel Morgan

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Tracks

1st Sgt. Jack Falen

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Bloodbath

Chicken

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Kid Blue

Bickford Waner

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The American Dreamer

Self - The American Dreamer

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The Last Movie

Kansas

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Easy Rider

Billy

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True Grit

'Moon'

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Hang 'Em High

The Prophet

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Panic in the City

Actor

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Head (The Monkees)

Self (uncredited)

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Cool Hand Luke

Babalugats

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The Trip

Max

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The Glory Stompers

Chino

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Queen Of Blood

Paul Grant

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The Sons of Katie Elder

Dave Hastings

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Night Tide

Johnny Drake

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Key Witness

William 'Cowboy' Tomkins

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The Young Land

Hatfield Carnes

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Schiess zurück, Cowboy

Tom Boyd

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Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

Billy Clanton

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The Story of Mankind

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Sayonara

MP in Kelly's house / MP at Tokyo airport (voice) (uncredited)

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Giant

Jordan Benedict III

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Rebel Without a Cause

Goon

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He Muerto Mil Veces

Joe (uncredited)

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Me & Will

Billy (archive footage)

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