Actor Dennis Hopper, who is according to his physician is in the last stages of prostrate cancer, appeared today in Hollywood to receive his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Reports indicate he was surrounded by many friends and actors he has worked with during his long and Oscar nominated acting career.
(Image of Dennis Hopper at Hollywood Walk Of Fame Ceremony - 3/26/10 - All Rights Reserved)
Hopper began his film career in the classic 1955 tale of teenage rebellion, "Rebel Without a Cause," developing a friendship with its star, James Dean. The two also appeared in "Giant." Hopper has appeared in more than 150 films including "Apocalypse Now," "Blue Velvet" and "speed."
Although Dennis, who is estimated to be at 100 pounds or less, was too frail and week to participate in a recent deposition in his famous divorce case, he rallied the energy to appear at his star ceremony. Dennis Hopper received the 2,403rd star along Hollywood Boulevard.
The ceremony took place in front of the Egyptian Theater at approximately 11:30 a.m.
Hopper's lawyer, Joseph Mannis, has said Hopper is terminally ill and too weak to be questioned by his wife's divorce attorney. A doctor approved the appearance for Dennis to receive his star, saying in court documents that it would likely be a positive experience.
The physician also wrote that Hopper, 73, weighs barely 100 pounds and is unable to carry on long conversations. Actor Viggo Mortensen who appeared with Hopper in 1991's "The Indian Runner" and "Boiling Point" from 1993 and film producer Mark Canton were scheduled to speak at the ceremony. Canton produced the 2005 film "Land of The Dead," in which Hopper appeared.
Hopper and his wife, Victoria, have been locked in a bitter feud since the actor, director and artist filed to end the couple's nearly 14-year marriage in January. Both have agreed to stay 10 feet away from each other while the divorce is ongoing. The Hollywood star ceremony also coincides with the seventh birthday of Hopper's daughter, Galen.
Victoria has stated in court filings that Hopper filed for divorce to cut her out of her inheritance, a claim the actor has denied. The case is scheduled for a court hearing on April 5.
Hopper received a best original screenplay Oscar nomination for co-writing the script of the 1969 counter-culture road movie "Easy Rider," which he directed and starred in. Hopper's other Academy Award nomination came for best supporting actor for his role as an alcoholic father who becomes sober to be an assistant coach of his son's high school basketball team in "Hoosiers."
Since 2008, Hopper has portrayed record producer Ben Cedars on the Starz series "Crash," continuing a television career that began with an 1955 appearance on the NBC medical drama "Medic." His other television credits include "The Twilight Zone," "The Rifleman," "Naked City" and "24."
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