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Dennis Hopper hospitalized with flu-like symptoms

 Actor Dennis Hopper attends a panel for the Starz drama series
Actor Dennis Hopper attends a panel for the Starz drama series 'Crash' at the Television Critics Association 2008 summer press tour in Beverly Hills, California July 11, 2008. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Dennis Hopper, the Oscar-nominated actor and star of movies including 1969's iconic "Easy Rider", was hospitalized in New York on Wednesday with flu-like symptoms, said his representative.

The 73 year-old actor's spokesperson had no further details on his condition.

Celebrity television show Entertainment Tonight said the actor was taken to the hospital in an ambulance and was wearing an oxygen mask, but those details could not be immediately confirmed.

The actor directed and starred opposite Jack Nicholson in "Easy Rider," a drug-infused road movie that sparked a new style of gritty and unvarnished Hollywood filmmaking.

The Kansas-born Hopper received a supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role in 1986 movie "Hoosiers" and starred the same year in David Lynch's cult classic "Blue Velvet."

In Hopper's latest project, he stars in the TV series "Crash," an adaptation of the Oscar winning 2004 film of the same name.

(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis)

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