Dennis Hopper 1936 – 2010



Bring me any ten nerdy college professors who spent the 60s in graduate school, wandering through libraries, working in politics, or engaging in other similarly dangerous, high risk activities. 

My guess is that at least half of them, maybe  more,  would have chucked it all to be 1/10th as cool as Dennis Hopper. 

We fooled oursleves into thinking that he was the guy our parents wouldn’t let us be.  That even worked as an excuse for a while. 

But the day eventually came — sooner or later — when we admitted  something a little more embarrassing: 

He was the guy we were terrified to be. 

Rest well, Dennis.  There have been movie villains and there have been movie villains. But your brilliant performnace as Frank Booth in Blue Velvet  will always stand alone.

1 thought on “Dennis Hopper 1936 – 2010

  1. I recently re-viewed Eraserhead. After all these years, it still holds up. Only now its meanings are even more poignant. A visceral case study of adulthood in modern times…

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