Dennis Hopper (1936-2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, visual artist, and photographer known for his photographs, particularly intimate portraits of his famous friends. He is also known for his realistic portrayals of drug addicts and eccentrics. His body of work is characterized by his interest in Americana and people living on the fringes of society. Born in Dodge City, Kansas, he studied at the Kansas City Art Institute and the Actors Studio in New York. He turned to photography in the early 1960s, and his notable photographic works include portraits of Martin Luther King Jr., Jane Fonda, and Andy Warhol. In 2010, his work was given a major retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.