Ailing Actor Dennis Hopper Receives Star on Walk of Fame
Hopper is said to be terminally ill, about 100 pounds and too weak to carry on long conversations.
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Hopper, who is battling prostate cancer, received the 2,403rd star along Hollywood Boulevard.
The ailing star arrived just before 11:30 a.m., smiling and shaking hands before taking his seat in front of the Egyptian Theatre.
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, 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 and film producer Mark Canton were scheduled to speak at the ceremony.
Mortensen appeared with Hopper in the 1991 film "The Indian Runner," and "Boiling Point" two years later.
Canton produced the 2005 film "Land of The Dead," in which Hopper appeared.
The ceremony also coincides with the seventh birthday of Hopper's daughter, Galen.
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.
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 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."
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."
Hopper is also an accomplished photographer and painter.
His photography has been displayed at The State Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, The Manege in Moscow, the Stedlejik Museum in Amsterdam and The MAK in Vienna.