Acting Icon Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91


Throughout his 60-year career, Stanton starred in around 200 films and television shows.

Harry Dean Stanton, the gaunt, hollow-eyed, scene-stealing character actor who broke out of obscurity in his late 50s in two starring movie roles and capped his career with an acclaimed characterization as a corrupt polygamist on the HBO series "Big Love", died on Friday in Los Angeles. "Our hearts go out to all who knew him, all who loved him, and his fans the world over".

Stanton was great pals with actor Jack Nicholson, and they roomed together in a Laurel Canyon house on Skyline Drive in the early 1960s.

When given a rare turn as a leading man, Stanton more than made the most of it. He began attracting notice in higher-profile movies such as "Aliens", "Private Benjamin" and "Escape From New York", but it was with 1984's "Paris, Texas" that he rose to star status.

"'Paris, Texas' gave me a chance to play compassion", Stanton told an interviewer, "and I'm spelling that with a capital C".

The film's promotional account tweeted about the death of the film's star.

That same year, he appeared in what would become a cult classic - "Repo Man" - portraying a hard-drinking veteran of the trade who tries to educate new recruit Emilio Estevez.

Stanton, who has died at the age of 91, played roles in film greats such as Alien, The Green Mile, Cool Hand Luke and The Godfather.

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While fringe roles and films were a specialty, he also ended up in the work of numerous 20th century's master auteurs, even Alfred Hitchcock in the director's serial TV show. She can't see him, but gradually, she realizes it's her husband, telling her the story of his life.

While periphery parts and movies were a claim to fame, he additionally wound up in crafted by a considerable lot of the twentieth century's lord auteurs, even Alfred Hitchcock in the chief's serial TV appear.

He said he could have been an executive himself yet "it was excessively work".

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012), Lynch asked Stanton how he would like it to be remembered. He most recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the Showtime revival of Twin Peaks.

He likewise sang and played guitar and harmonica in offhand sessions with companions, played out a tune in "Paris, Texas" and once recorded a two part harmony with Bob Dylan. "I was in a movie called Twister, and in it I had to hit a golf ball off of a roof with a driving wood", Stanton said of learning the sport. Stanton, born in 1926 in Virginia, served in the Navy during WWII and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. Determined to make it in Hollywood, he picked tobacco to earn his fare west. After that, he studied journalism, only to drop out and beging acting classes in the Pasadena Playhouse in 1949.

After decades in the trenches of the industry, Stanton emerged from obscurity as a testament to how the hard work and resilience of an artist could mold something versatile and spellbinding in front of a camera.

Entertainment Weekly revealed that Stanton never got married, but in a 2006 interview, he was asked if he had children.