Dennis Hopper, the two-time Oscar nominee, died in his Venice, CA home today after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 74.
The actor, who was recently given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (you can see video from that March ceremony after jump), was best known for his work in films like Easy Rider, Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now and Hoosiers. His lengthy career extended back to the 1950s when he first hit the big screen in cinematic classics like Rebel Without a Cause and Giant.
Despite receiving an Academy Award nomination for his writing on 1969’s Easy Rider (a movie he also directed), Hopper’s film and personal career hit a number of lows. Dennis battled drugs and alcohol, produced theatrical bombs (The Last Movie) and weathered five failed marriages (including a nasty divorce shortly before his death).
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Lynn Redgrave has died at 67 after a long battle with cancer. The Georgy Girl star - the sister of actress Vanessa Redgrave and aunt of Joely Richardson - passed away at her Connecticut home on Sunday night.
The Oscar nominee’s close friend and family were with her to say goodbye.
“Our beloved mother Lynn passed away peacefully after a seven-year journey with breast cancer,” Redgrave’s children - Benjamin, Pema and Annabel Lucy - said in a statement. “She lived, loved and worked harder than ever before. The endless memories she created as a mother, grandmother, actor and friend will sustain us for the rest of our lives. Our family asks for privacy through this difficult time.”
Patrick Swayze, the three-time Golden Globe-nominated actor and dancer, died Monday after a public battle with cancer. He was 57 years old. According to a statement from his publicist, Patrick’s family was by his side at the time of his passing.
Swayze, who is best remembered for teaching Baby how to dance, boasted a number of memorable projects on his resume. In addition to Dirty Dancing, Patrick also starred in Ghost, The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Point Break and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. People’s former “Sexiest Man Alive” also appeared in several television projects including A&E’s The Beast (it was canceled this year after only one season) and the popular miniseries North and South.
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Paul Newman, the Academy Award-winning actor and philanthropist, died Friday at his home near Westport, Conn. The 83-year-old passed away after a long a battle with cancer.
Newman, best known by children today as the voice of Doc Hudson in Cars, was last seen on the big screen in 2002’s Road to Perdition (a role he was nominated for). In 2005, he starred in Empire Falls, an HBO production for which he won an Emmy and a Golden Globe.
In 2007, Paul told Good Morning America that he intended to put acting behind him. At that point, Newman had already starred in a string of classic films including The Hustler, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, and Cool Hand Luke. He had also received three Oscars—one for his role in 1986’s The Color of Money and two others for his career achievements and humanitarian work.
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Sydney Pollack, the award-winning director behind 1985’s Out of Africa, died today at his California home. The 73-year-old, who was also a well-known producer and actor, had been suffering from cancer.
In addition to his work on Africa, Pollack will most likely be remembered for 1973’s The Way We Were and 1982’s Tootsie. In total, his projects have earned 48 Oscar nominations and two Academy Award wins for himself. He was last behind the camera in 2005 when he helmed Sketches of Frank Gehry and The Interpreter, starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn.
Sydney’s skills, as mentioned, were often spotted on-screen as well. In addition to Tootsie, his mug was seen in Death Becomes Her, Eyes Wide Shut and Changing Lanes. His most recent appearances were made in last year’s Michael Clayton and the romantic comedy Made of Honor (still in theaters).
Pollack - whose son died in a 1993 plane crash - is survived by his wife and two daughters.
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After rumors starting swirling around the internet today, reps for Patrick Swayze had to confirm the unfortunate news: the actor has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
The National Enquirer has been reporting exclusively that the 55-year-old has been given only five weeks left to live. The tabloid claims the cancer, which was discovered in late January, has already spread to other organs.
While the details of Swayze’s current condition was left vague, a statement released today seems to contradict the dire news:
“Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far. All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic.
Patrick is continuing his normal schedule during this time, which includes working on upcoming projects. The outpouring of support and concern he has already received from the public is deeply appreciated by Patrick and his family.”
Whatever the truth is, we truly wish the best for Swayze and the rest of his family.
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In a season rich with holiday movies about family, friendship and fun, Rob Reiner is giving audiences cancer. Not literally, but the disease is the subject of Reiner’s latest film, The Bucket List. A-listers Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star in the flick, reason enough to drive moviegoers to the theaters. The movie is about two cancer patients (Nicholson and Freeman) who make a list of 10 things they’d like to do before they die (kick the bucket, get it?). The movie is set to open January 11, well after the holiday movie rush, but will viewers be in a mood for post-holiday death melodrama?
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