Marc Sterling/Shooting Star
09/30/2009 at 03:25 PM EDT
filmmaker Dennis Hopper was rushed to a New York City emergency room by ambulance Wednesday, reported ET
The actor, 73, was wearing an oxygen mask when he was wheeled in, sources tell ET. His rep, Sheila Feren, later confirmed to the Associated Press that Hopper was suffering flu-like symptoms and complaining of a stomach ailment when he was admitted to an unidentified New York medical facility.
Hopper, who has played intense, insane characters
in such films as Apocalypse Now
and Blue Velvet
, was nominated for Oscars for Easy Rider
Feren said he has been forced to cancel New York interview appearances to promote his new Starz series Crash
, based on the 2004 Oscar-winning Best Picture.