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Dennis Hopper

That's right ... Dennis Hopper!

Like many conservatives, Hopper did ultimately vote for Barack Obama (which he said was really a vote against Sarah Palin), after initially throwing his support to GOP candidate John McCain in early 2005. Hopper hasn't said much about the election since November, other than to express his concern about the economy.

Unfortunately, Hopper's vote and public endorsement for Obama in October has generated most of the two-time Academy Award nominee's recent headlines. Some digging around, however, reveals more information about the 25-year Republican, who said at one time he was "as liberal as you could get without being a Communist."

Hopper starred in two conservative films in 2008 -- Swing Vote and An American Carol. Not blockbuster movies, to be sure, but not a bad start for Hollywood conservatives who've been relegated to the shadows of Tinseltown for time out of mind.

From the profile:

"The controversy about me," Hopper said in 2005. "I don't think it's going to stop me. However, a lot of people treat me differently, and they do bring it up. I'll be at a dinner party, and somebody will say, 'Well, you couldn't be thinking that ...' And then you realize that everybody at the table is looking at you, and they're like, 'You're kidding! You're not really for Bush.' And it goes around the table. It can only stop me from eating, not working."

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February 13, 2009 at 12:32 am
(1) Robert Hamer says:

It’s so strange to me that one of the most offbeat actors of his time and the director of “Easy Rider” – one of the seminal counterculture films of the sixties – ended up a conservative. He’s an insane genius, though; he really SHOULD have won the Oscar by now for his performance in “Blue Velvet”.

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