LOS ANGELES — Dennis Hopper, the high-flying Hollywood wild man whose memorable and erratic career included an early turn in “Rebel Without a Cause,” an improbable smash with “Easy Rider” and a classic character role in “Blue Velvet,” has died. He was 74.
“Rampage don’t want to hear your questions about his dedication to fighting, sucka!” It’s not difficult to imagine B.A. Baracus, the “A-Team” role made famous by Mr. T and soon to be reprised by Quinton “Rampage” Jackson in the movie version, using the retort to combat all the inquiries into Jackson’s state of mind as he prepares to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
When you grow to this point, from one guy wearing a boxing glove and another wearing a jiujitsu kimono to producing some of the world’s most recognizable fighters, from media gatherings of three reporters asking questions to conference calls with more than 100, from childhood buddies spending $2 million on a struggling company and turning it into a billion-dollar venture, significant moments aren’t lacking.