May 29, 2010 / 5:33 PM / 9 years ago

Factbox: Dennis Hopper's notable movies

(Reuters) - Here are some of the most memorable movies starring or directed by Hollywood veteran Dennis Hopper, who died on Saturday after a battle with prostate cancer, aged 74.

* “Rebel Without a Cause” (1955) - Hopper’s first big role, playing gang member Goon alongside his mentor, James Dean. Both Hopper and the film’s director, Nicholas Ray, reportedly had affairs with 16-year-old co-star Natalie Wood during production.

* “Giant” (1956) - The epic tale of a rich Texas family in which Hopper worked with Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson and Sal Mineo.

* “Easy Rider” (1969) - Hopper starred in and directed Hollywood’s first major study of the hippie culture. He wrote the script with his co-star Peter Fonda, with the pair playing pot-smoking bikers on a cross-country trip.

* “The Last Movie” (1971) - Despite winning a prize at the Venice Film Festival, Hopper’s pet project was a bomb and derailed his career for several years. Hopper said the movie — the story of the impact a Hollywood movie company has on the inhabitants of a Peruvian village — was filmed during “one long sex and drug orgy.”

* “Apocalypse Now” (1979) - Hopper played a crazed photojournalist in Francis Ford Coppola’s harrowing Vietnam War drama.

* “Blue Velvet” (1986) - Hopper considered his creepy role in David Lynch’s surrealistic film noir to be the best acting performance of his career. He played Frank Booth, a small-town rapist and sadist who huffs aerosol gas through a medical mask.

* “Hoosiers” (1986) - Hopper received an Oscar nomination for his supporting turn as an alcoholic high-school basketball coach.

* “Colors” (1988) - Hopper’s fourth directing effort. Sean Penn and Robert Duvall starred as L.A. cops battling the city’s gangs.

* “Speed” (1994) - In a familiar role as a deranged villain, Hopper played a bomber who has rigged a city bus to explode if its speed drops below 50 miles per hour. Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock saved the day in the worldwide smash.

* “Palermo Shooting” (2008) - Hopper played Death in Wim Wenders’ widely ridiculed drama, which was not released in the United States. His best line: “I’m tired of playing the bad guy.”

Reporting by Dean Goodman; Editing by Eric Walsh

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