Dennis Hopper Death Ripples in Hollywood, Twitter

Renegade spirit was revered for his intensity and long career.

ByABC News
May 30, 2010, 6:43 PM

May 30, 2010 — -- Hollywood and fans were saddened by the news that legendary actor and director Dennis Hopper, 74, died Saturday from complications of prostate cancer. He had appeared frail-looking in recent months while battling the disease.

He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in March, surrounded by his family and actor-friends to encourage and laud him. This weekend, fans gathered on the gritty Hollywood sidewalk where Hopper's star appears to scatter flowers and pay tribute to the iconoclastic actor-director.

"Everything I learned in life I learned from you," he told a crowd of supporters at the star ceremony back in March, referring to Hollywood. "This means so much to me. Thank you very much everyone, and Hollywood."

Hopper, who was twice nominated for Academy Awards, for his role as an alcoholic high school basketball coach in 1986's "Hoosiers" and for writing 1969's "Easy Rider" along with co-star Peter Fonda and Terry Southern, was revered by many in Hollywood for a career that spanned five decades. Not bad for often playing sadistic, villainous characters.

Here are a few words that appeared in print, online and on Twitter the weekend of the actor-director's passing:

Several of Hopper's co-stars from some of his most well-known -- and favorite films -- paid tribute to their friend and co-star via prepared statements.