Cult American actor Harry Dean Stanton dies aged 91

Harry Dean Stanton, Actor and WWII Veteran, Dies at Age 91

Harry Dean Stanton, Actor and WWII Veteran, Dies at Age 91

The longtime character actor was memorable in roles in Pretty in Pink, Alien, Escape from New York, Godfather II, The Green Mile, Big Love, Repo Man, Cool Hand Luke, Twin Peaks, Wild at Heart, and countless others.

Stanton's agent John S. Kelly says the actor died Friday afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Harry Dean Stanton wasn't a name that many audience members would know unless they were huge cinephiles, but he was a welcome presence in any film, often playing bit parts in various movies and TV shows over the years, effortlessly bringing them to life with his signature succinct charm.

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After "Paris, Texas", Stanton hit the mainstream, with beloved roles in films like "Pretty in Pink" and "Repo Man".

So it's no surprise that Stanton bonded with Kris Kristofferson and recommended that his friend work with him in the title role of a former 1960s rock star on the downside in 1972's Cisco Pike. Those were his better known movie roles, but he also took parts in cult favorites such as Cockfighter and Farewell My Lovely.

Stanton's last movie, "Lucky", about the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist, is to have a red carpet premiere at the Kentucky Theater Sept. 28 at this year's Harry Dean Stanton Festival, said Fred Mills, manager of the theater. Regardless, by all accounts the film feels like a cap to Stanton's career.

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Actor Shawn Doyle, who acted with Stanton in "Big Love", tweeted a tribute to the actor. Lucky is his directorial debut, filmed previous year, and in addition to Stanton, it stars director-and-sometimes-actor David Lynch (no relation to John), Ron Livingston, Ed Begley Jr. and Tom Skerritt.

Born in Irvine, Kentucky on 14 July 1926, son of a tobacco farmer and hairdresser, he grew up in a musical family. You are really going to be missed Harry Dean! Those eager to delve into more of Stanton's work, however, will be able to catch him in Lucky, which will hit theaters on September 29.

When given a rare turn as a leading man, Stanton more than made the most of it. Everybody loved him. And with good reason. Ruminating about death in a 2013 interview in The New Yorker, he said, "When you're deep asleep and not dreaming, where the fuck are you?" "But I got those roles because I was angry, because that's what I projected. and I had an extreme lack of self-confidence".

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