Officials in the U.S. gave dying actor Dennis Hopper a bizarre birthday surprise on Monday (17May10) - they dedicated the date to the "fine New Mexican", even though he's from Kansas.
Civic bosses in the state marked the Hollywood legend's 74th birthday on Monday by declaring it Dennis Hopper Day, in recognition of his contribution to arts in the region.
New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson praised the star for supporting the local film industry, adding: "Dennis Hopper is an outstanding actor and not to mention a fine New Mexican, and I am pleased to proclaim May 17, 2010 in his honour."
Hopper was born in Kansas before moving to Missouri and then California. He has been a key figure in promoting New Mexico to other actors and directors in the U.S., and parts of his iconic movie Easy Rider were filmed in the state. He spent several years living there during the 1970s.
The star, terminally ill with advanced prostate cancer, currently lives in Venice, California.