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Manager: Dennis Hopper 'better,' out of hospital

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FRAZIER MOORE | October 1, 2009 04:04 PM EST | AP

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NEW YORK — Dennis Hopper's manager says the veteran actor is out of the hospital and "feeling much better" after taking ill the day before.

Sam Maydew said in a statement Thursday that the 73-year-old "Easy Rider" star had gone to a New York City hospital after showing severe flulike symptoms. Maydew says Hopper was treated for dehydration.

The actor was in New York on a publicity trip and had been forced to cancel a number of interviews and TV appearances Wednesday.

His current project is "Crash," a TV version of the Oscar-winning 2004 film. He plays maniacal music producer Ben Cendars on the series, which airs on the Starz network.

Maydew says Hopper is grateful for the well wishes and looks forward to getting back to work on "Crash."