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Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet

Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)

Film Deaths[]

  • Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) [Billy Clanton]: Shot to death by Kirk Douglas just as Dennis is about to shoot Burt Lancaster and Burt hesitates to shoot him. (Thanks to Gordon)
  • The Young Land (1959) [Hatfield Carnes]: Shot to death by Patrick Wayne as Dennis tries to escape.
  • The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) [Dave Hastings]: Shot to death by James Gregory.
  • Queen of Blood (1966) [Paul Grant]: Drained of blood out of his wrist, by Florence Marly, after she stuns him with her power eyes. His body is shown when Robert Boon, Judi Meredith and John Saxon discover him.
  • The Glory Stompers (1967) [Chino]: Accidentally stabbed in the back of the neck by Astrid Warner during a fight with Jody McCrea as Astrid attempts to throw the knife at Jody who holds Dennis in the way of the blade.
  • Hang 'Em High (1968) ["The Prophet"]: Shot in the back by Ben Johnson because the other prisoners tell him to do so, while Dennis attempts to escape.
  • Easy Rider (1969) [Billy]: Shot to death by David C. Billodeau while Dennis and Peter Fonda are riding their motorcycles on the road. (Thanks to Steve)
  • True Grit (1969) ["Moon"]: Stabbed in in chest by Jeremy Slate after hacking his fingers off; he dies shortly after warning John Wayne about Robert Duvall; his body is shown again when John brings their bodies to town for the reward. (Thanks to Michael)
  • The Last Movie (1971) ["Kansas"]: Executed by crucifixion by the villagers.
  • Bloodbath (Las Flores del vicio; The Sky Is Falling) (1975) ["Chicken"]: Dies of a drug overdose on the beach at the end of the film.
  • Mad Dog Morgan (1976) [Daniel Morgan]: Shot to death by police and bounty hunters.
  • Out of the Blue (No Looking Back) (1980) [Don Barnes]: Stabbed in the chest with scissors by Linda Manz in her bedroom.
  • King of the Mountain (1981) [Cal]: Killed in an car crash/explosion when he drives his car off of a cliff towards the end of the movie.
  • The Osterman Weekend The Osterman Weekend (1983) [Richard Tremayne]: Killed in an explosion after being trapped (along with Chris Sarandon, Helen Shaver, and Cassie Yates) when John Hurt detonates a bomb in their RV, this is shown on a television screen that Rutger Hauer and Craig T. Nelson are watching.
  • Blue Velvet (1986) [Frank Booth]: Shot in the head (blowing open the back of his head) by Kyle MacLachlan after Dennis opens the door of the closet where Kyle was hiding.
  • Black Widow (1987) [Ben Dumers]: Poisoned (off-screen) by Theresa Russell; his body is not shown afterwards.
  • Paris Trout (1991) [Paris Trout]: Commits suicide by shooting himself in the mouth after killing Ed Harris. (Thanks to Nilescu)
  • Sunset Heat (1992) [Carl Madson]: Shot in the stomach by Michael Pare during a struggle on the beach.
  • Red Rock West (1993) [Lyle, From Dallas]: Shot repeatedly by Lara Flynn Boyle, after Dennis frees himself from being impaled on the bayonet of a statue by Nicolas Cage in graveyard. (Thanks to Stephen and Nilescu)
  • Super Mario Bros. (1993) [President Koopa]: Devolved into slime when Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo turn one of his de-evolution guns on him. (Thanks to Neil)
  • True Romance (1993) [Clifford Worley]: Shot in the head by Christopher Walken, after tricking him into killing him to protect Christian Slater and prevent him from finding his location.(Thanks to Matt and Neil)
  • Speed (1994) [Howard Payne]: Decapitated when his head hits a light fixture during a struggle with Keanu Reeves on top of a speeding subway train. (He also fakes his 'death' earlier in the film) (Thanks to Matt, Neil and James)
  • Waterworld Waterworld (1995) ["The Deacon"]: Killed in an explosion when he collides with several of his henchmen's jet-skis while trying to kidnap Tina Majorino. (Thanks to Stephen and Ben)
  • Top of the World (1997) [Charles Atlas]: Killed when his platform slides down the dam and crashes, after Peter Weller cuts the cable. (Thanks to ND)
  • Tycus (1998; Video) [Peter Crawford]: Killed when the asteroid blows up the Earth at the same time that Hopper is being attacked by an angry mob of survivors critiquing his hypocritical methods.
  • Bad City Blues (1999) [Cleveland Carter]: Shot twice (off-camera) by Michael McGrady in chamber's wife.
  • Held for Ransom (2000) [J.D.]: Eaten by alligators when Jordan Brower pushes him into the swamp after attacking Jordan.
  • Luck of the Draw (2000) [Giani Ponti]: Shot to death in a big shoot-out between the Treasury agents and Ice-T's thugs in a warehouse. (Thanks to ND)
  • Ticker (2001) [Alex Swan]: Killed in an explosion when Jaime Pressly detonates a bomb in his car. (Thanks to Kyle)
  • Unspeakable (2002) [Warden Earl Blakely]: Ripping his own face off as he is being forced to by Pavan Grover's mind control power. 
  • Out of Season (2004) [Harry Barlow]: Presumably dies of his injuries after being beaten and crucified to his bar counter by David Murray.
  • House of 9 (2004) [Father Duffy]: Shot to death by (off-camera) Hippolyte Girardot after being stabbed in the back with a glass shard.
  • The Keeper (2004) [Sheriff Krebs]: Shot to death by Asia Argento in the woods. (Thanks to Debbie)
  • The Crow: Wicked Prayer (2005) ["El Nino"]: Stabbed to death (off-screen) by Tara Reid. (Thanks to Andrew)
  • Land of the Dead (2005) [Paul Kaufman]: Killed in an explosion, along with John Leguizamo, when Eugene Clark throws a bomb at them and ignites the gasoline around them. (Thanks to Robert and ND)
  • 10th & Wolf (2006) [Matty Matello]: Shot to death by John Capodice.
  • Sleepwalking (2008) [Mr. Reedy]: Beaten to death with a shovel by his son (Nick Stahl).
  • Elegy (2008) [George O`Hearn]: Dies of a cancer or an STD because he did say he cheated on his wife.

Television Deaths[]


Notable Connections[]


  • His death scene in Speed was ranked at #1 on's Top 10 Satisfying Villain Deaths In Movies.