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Easy Rider Director Hopper Gets his Star

Hopper Hollywood Star

The man who co-wrote, directed and starred in the iconic motorcycle movie "Easy Rider" was honored Friday with the 2,403rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Dennis Hopper, whose star is in front of the Egyptian Theater, played the LSD-ingesting character "Wyatt" beside Peter Fonda ("Captain America") in the 1969 counterculture film, riding a custom Harley-Davidson chopper panhead built by Cliff Vaughs and Ben Hardy.

Hopper, 73, who had publicly announced he was suffering from prostate cancer in October, was joined at the ceremony with Jack Nicholson, David Lynch, Dwight Yoakam and Viggo Mortensen.

The Dodge City, Kansas, native arrived at the ceremony with a bandage over his right eye and hand, telling the press he had recently taken a fall.

Besides the biker film, Hopper has numerous credits to his name in the film industry, including the James Dean flick "Rebel Without a Cause," "Blue Velvet," "Hoosiers" and "Speed."


Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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