Hopper, who directed and starred in the seminal counter-cultural film "Easy Rider" and later established himself as a highly distinct and flamboyant character actor, died Saturday at his home in Venice (Los Angeles County) after battling prostate cancer. He was 74.
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In a more than five-decade acting career that was influenced early on by working with James Dean and studying at the Actors Studio, he made his film debut as one of the high school gang members who menace Dean in the 1955 classic "Rebel Without a Cause."
Hopper went on to appear in more than 115 films, including "Giant," "Cool Hand Luke," "Hang 'Em High," "True Grit," "Apocalypse Now," "The American Friend," "Rumble Fish," "Speed," "True Romance" and "Rivers Edge."