Harry Dean Stanton, star of countless classic films, dies age 91

Acting Icon Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91

Stanton's other credits include "Escape from New York", "Alpha Dog", "Christine", "Red Dawn", "Twister" and several David Lynch films, including "Wild at Heart" and "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me".

Stanton had countless roles in both TV and film over the years, including Alien, Pretty In Pink, Twin Peaks and and Paris, Texas.

Famous for his scruffy looks, mumbling speaking style and deadpan demeanour, Stanton was often cast in eccentric, oddball roles, but achieved fame for memorable roles in "The Godfather Part II", "Alien", "Cool Hand Luke", "Repo Man" and "Paris, Texas".

Stanton's star rose among film fans to the point that Roger Ebert once said famously, "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad".

His final on-screen performance will be seen in the upcoming film Lucky.

Director Edgar Wright wrote, "RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton". "I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing", Stanton later recalled, "I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity".

"The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us", said Lynch in a statement released on Twitter by Showtime. He redefined acting for me.

When Stanton was touring with a children's play, he suddenly quit during a stop-over in California, realizing his desire to work in television and film instead.


In the ensuing two decades, Stanton secured a string of tiny roles in TV shows and low-budget films, including The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Gunsmoke and Johnny Ringo.

In his down time, Stanton played poker with John Huston (Anjelica's father) and golfed with his friend Jack Nicholson, with whom he lived for a period in a Laurel Canyon house in the '60s.

Born in West Irvine, Kentucky, Stanton served in the Navy during WWII, and then attended the University of Kentucky, studying journalism and radio.

Harry Dean Stanton died of natural causes on Friday.

Beloved movie veteran Harry Dean Stanton has died, aged 91.

Stanton never married but said he had one or two kids.

He additionally stars with Lynch in the up and coming movie "Fortunate", the directorial presentation of performing artist John Carroll Lynch, which has been depicted as an affection letter to Stanton's life and vocation.

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