Dennis Hopper, the 73-year-old Easy Rider actor, was in good spirits yesterday when friends and family joined him to accept his star on Hollywood Boulevard. The actor who disclosed his cancer last October, has lost a significant amount of weight; was surrounded by hundreds of fans there to cheer him on.
In his acceptance speech he said, “Everyone here today that I’ve invited — and obviously some that I haven’t invited — have enriched my life tremendously,” Hopper said when accepting his star. “They’ve shown me a world that I’d never seen, being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas.”
Before taking the stage, Hopper listened to heartfelt tributes from actor Viggo Mortensen and film producer Mark Canton. Also in attendance were “Easy Rider” co-star Jack Nicholson, “Blue Velvet” director David Lynch, singer Johnny Mathis and philanthropist Eli Broad.
“In the short attention span of most moviegoers and critics, he is someone who has seemed to regularly rise out of the ashes of self-inflicted chaos, surprising us with his originality and wit as an artist and defying the odds by somehow staying alive physically and professionally,” said Mortensen, who greeted Hopper with a large kiss on the cheek. The two costarred in 1991’s “The Indian Runner” and 1993’s “Boiling Point.”
Also in attendance were members of Hopper’s family, including his daughter Galen, who was celebrating her seventh birthday. Throughout the proceedings she bounced to her feet to cheer for her father, later posing for pictures with her arms around his neck.
The one person NOT in attendance was his soon to be ex wife of 14 years. A bitter and much-publicized feud has ensued between him and his wife, Victoria. Hopper who has been married five times, has four children and two granddaughters.
Hopper, a Taurus, is one down to earth dude. Sadly, his cancer is terminal, hopefully this award will bring a little sunshine into his life.