I remember watching Easy Rider when it first came out like it was yesterday. I haven't watched it since, because like Barbarella those old flicks didn't wear well. Many of the 60s icons didn't last after the music died, but Hopper lasted and had a great career. Nicholson didn't do too bad either. I'd almost forgotten about him until I watched Blue Velvet years later, then afterwards I'd see him in a flick here and there -- not the greatest actor, but he stayed cool.
Hopper was one of the people who represented the 60s fairly well, and it's sad to see him go. Speaking of Barbarella, even when I lost my yippie zeal and became more conscious of the stupidity of supporting communism, I could never bring myself to hate Jane Fonda. At the time, especially for a 15 year old boy, Fonda in Barbarella was hot! Peter Fonda, well he never was a match for Hopper or Nicholson, just a tag along rich kid being rebellious -- you could say the same about Jane Fonda, but did I mention she was hot? Nicholson probably played the most poweful short scene in history in Easy Rider.
All in all, much of the 60s was forgettable, or forgotten as Robin Williams suggested, but Hopper and Easy Rider would make the list of what was memorable, along with Electric Koolaid Acid Test, Woodstock, Viet Nam, Hendrick, Joplin, Slick and the rest, MLK (they had a ceremonial service for him across from the high school I attended in Atlanta, and school was closed for two days), JFK, Kent State, Hoffman and Rubin, Tiny Tim, Bali Hai wine and pot, Haight-Ashbury, Gingsberg, Kerouac, and did I mention Jane Fonda was hot?
Hopper was okay.