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Dennis Hopper working on The Last Movie, 1971.

On the Fringes of Hollywood

New Hollywood cinema gave birth to a new anti-hero who was distrusting of authority and rebelled against society's expectations. Embodying this non-conformist energy in both his life and his films, Dennis Hopper became a symbol of the freedom and rebellion that characterised New Hollywood.

His portrayal of the outsider throughout his extensive acting career can be seen in television series such as Medic (1955) and The Twilight Zone (1963), and in films including Rebel Without a Cause (1955, Nicholas Ray), Blue Velvet (1986, David Lynch) and Hopper's own second feature The Last Movie (1971). His close involvement with the art world is evident in portraits of Hopper by artists who were heavily influenced by cinema and chose him as one of their icons, including Andy Warhol, Bruce Conner and Julian Schnabel.
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