Dennis Hopper Personal Life: According to Rolling Stone magazine, he was “one of Hollywood’s most notorious drug addicts,” for 20 years. He spent much of the ’70s and early ’80s living as “an outcast” in a town he owned due to the success of Easy Rider. Hopper was also “notorious for his troubled relationships with women,” including Michelle Phillips, who divorced him after less than two weeks of marriage. Hopper was married five times total — he was undergoing a divorce from Victoria Duffy, his wife of 14 years, at the time of his death — and is survived by four children. Hopper married five times and had four children:
* Brooke Hayward (born 1937), daughter of Leland Hayward and Margaret Sullavan; married 1961 – divorced 1969, 1 child, daughter Marin Hopper (born on June 26, 1962)
* Michelle Phillips (born 1944); married 31 October 1970 – divorced 8 November 1970
* Daria Halprin (born 1948); married 1972 – divorced 1976, 1 child, daughter Ruthanna Hopper (born circa 1974)
* Katherine LaNasa (born 1966); married June 17, 1989 – divorced April 1992, 1 child, son Henry Lee Hopper (born on September 11, 1990)
* Victoria Duffy (born 1968); married April 13, 1996 – separated January 12, 2010, 1 child, daughter Galen Grier Hopper (born on March 26, 2003)
Hopper had two granddaughters, Violet Goldstone and Ella Brill.
In 1999, actor Rip Torn filed a defamation lawsuit against Hopper over a story Hopper told on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Hopper claimed that Torn pulled a knife on him during pre-production of the film Easy Rider. According to Hopper, Torn was originally cast in the film but was replaced with Jack Nicholson after the incident. According to Torn’s suit, it was actually Hopper who pulled the knife on him. A judge ruled in Torn’s favor and Hopper was ordered to pay US$475,000 in damages. Hopper then appealed but the judge again ruled in Torn’s favor and Hopper was required to pay another US$475,000 in punitive damages.
According to Newsmeat, Hopper donated US$2,000 to the Republican National Committee in 2004 and an equal amount in 2005. In Al Franken’s book Rush Limbaugh is a Big Fat Idiot, the author recounts a warm, cordial encounter between Hopper and then-Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
In 2008, Hopper starred in An American Carol, a right-leaning comedy, with Jon Voight, Kelsey Grammer, and James Woods.
At the time of his death, Hopper was living in Venice, California and owned property in Wilmington, North Carolina.
Hopper has been honored with the rank of commander of France’s National Order of Arts and Letters, at a ceremony in Paris.
Dennis Hopper supported Barack Obama in the 2008 US Presidential election. Dennis Hopper confirmed this in an election day appearance on the ABC daytime show The View. He said his reason for not voting Republican was the selection of Sarah Palin as the Republican vice presidential candidate.
On January 14, 2010, he filed for divorce from his fifth wife, Victoria Duffy. After citing her “outrageous conduct” and stating Duffy was “insane,” “inhuman” and “volatile,” Hopper was granted a restraining order against her on February 11, 2010, and as a result, she has been forbidden to come within 10 feet of him or contact him. On March 9, 2010, Duffy refused to move out of the Hopper home, despite the court’s order that she do so by March 15.
On March 23, 2010, Hopper filed papers in court alleging Duffy had absconded with $1.5 million of his art, refused his requests to return it, and then had “left town.” In March 2010, a judge ruled that Duffy must stay at least 10 feet away from Hopper.
On April 5, 2010, a court ruled that Duffy can continue living on Hopper’s property, and that he must pay $12,000 per month spousal and child support for their daughter Galen. Hopper did not attend the hearing. On May 12, 2010, a hearing was held in front of Judge Amy Pellman in downtown Los Angeles Superior Court to decide who to designate on Hopper’s life insurance policy which currently lists his wife as beneficiary. A very ill Hopper did not appear in court though his estranged wife did – case BD518046. The judge ruled that the policy should not be changed at present.