The last Hopper film released before his death isn't great (though he still has another one in postproduction). A sloppy comedy riffing on
A Christmas Carol
, he only took his brief appearance as a judge because Kelsey Grammer asked him to. “I haven't seen it. Doubt I will,” Hopper said of the film.
The last decade and a half saw Hopper mixing and matching forgettable outings as villains with the occasional small budget flick or oddity (he got to play Frank Sinatra in
The Night We Called It A Day
, for instance).
He did a lot of telly work, cropping up on
as well as getting his own short-lived shows
. He also worked on his photography, something that James Dean encouraged him to do way back on the set of
Rebel Without A Cause
– When it came to boiling down his own career, no-one did it better than Hopper. “There are moments that I've had some real brilliance,” he said. “Sometimes, in a career, moments are enough." They certainly are...