America lost one of Hollywood’s few proud conservatives today. Dennis Hopper died of complications from prostate cancer this morning at his home in Venice, California. Hopper, 74, made his mark on the American cinema by directing and acting in the 1969 film Easy Rider, a classic, and his acting career spanned well over fifty years.

Although he had his personal challenges in life, ones he admitted were of his own making, what stood out to me was a 60 Minutes interview he did a few years ago, at the height of the Iraq war. Even though President Bush was becoming increasingly unpopular, Hopper defended him, said he admired him, and clearly didn’t care what anybody else thought. This kind of character in Hollywood will be missed.

Update: On 30 September 1970, Dennis Hopper appeared on the Johnny Cash Show and recited Rudyard Kipling’s great poem “If.”

HT: John J. Miller