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Actor Hopper admitted to hospital

Dennis Hopper
Dennis Hopper plays music producer Ben Cendars in Crash

Easy Rider star Dennis Hopper has been taken to hospital with flu-like symptoms, according to his publicist.

The 73-year-old was examined at a New York clinic after complaining of stomach ailments associated with flu.

The Hollywood actor was forced to pull out of a number of interviews to promote his new US TV serial Crash.

Hopper plays music producer Ben Cendars in the drama, an adaptation of the film which was the winner of the best picture Oscar at the 2006 Oscars.

No further details of his condition have been given.

The Oscar-nominated actor is also an accomplished writer, director and artist.

His best-known films include Blue Velvet, Apocalypse Now and Easy Rider, for which he gained an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.

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