Despite battling prostrate cancer, Dennis Hopper attended the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Easy Rider actor was diagnosed with life-threatening cancer late last year and recently has become embroiled in a bitter divorce battle with his wife Victoria. In spite of all of this, Hopper appeared, though frail, at the ceremony where he delivered a speech.
“Everything I learned in life I learned from you,” he said of Hollywood. “This means so much to me. Thank you very much everyone, and Hollywood.” In attendance were the actor’s friends and colleagues such as Jack Nicholson, David Lynch and Viggo Mortenson.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which chooses the star-worthy, wrote of Hopper on its website,
“An acclaimed actor and filmmaker with an iconic and distinctly
American voice, Hopper has been twice nominated for an Academy Award:
as Best Supporting Actor for his role as an alcoholic father who gets
sober to coach his son’s basketball team in ‘Hoosiers,’ and for Best
Original Screenplay of the counter-culture road movie ‘Easy Rider,’ a
film he directed, starred in, and co-wrote with Peter Fonda and Terry