Remembering Dennis Hopper

Although I had seen him in several movies before, I'm embarrassed to admit that the first time I remember recognizing Dennis Hopper as an actor was in the movie Speed. Since then, however, I've definitely come to realize the talent that he was. With that, in rememberance, I offer my three favorite Dennis Hopper performances...

#3 Hoosiers (1986)

Hands down, the best sports movie ever made. It would take me all day to go over the countless reasons that I love this movie...

#2 Blue Velvet (1986)

Honestly, I hated this movie. If I hate the movie, why is it a favorite?

Back when my wife and I were first dating, we were visiting her dad. While my wife took a nap, my to-be father-in-law and I decided to watch a movie. His choice? Blue Velvet. For those of you familiar with this movie, imagine a guy who had just starting dating a girl he was really interested in. He sits down to watch a movie with this girl's father (who he had only met a few times at this point) and is subjected to Blue Velvet. The word "awkward" does not begin to describe that scene.

#1 Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Not a major role but a role nonetheless. Rebel Without a Cause has always been one of my favorite movies but it wasn't until I had seen it multiple times that I finally noticed Dennis Hopper's bit part as one of Buzz's pals (that's him in the background, furthest back).

Rest easy, Shooter.

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