Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, the veteran American actor who ballasted generations of independent and cult films, has died aged 91. He was a prolific actor for well over six decades, appearing in Alien, Repo Man, Inland Empire, Paris, Texas and so, so much more.

Variety reports that the actor died of natural causes in Los Angeles on Friday (September 15).

He appeared in more than 200 movies and TV shows and had recently reached a new audience in the reboot of classic 90s TV hit, "Twin Peaks", whose director David Lynch, a longtime collaborator, led the tributes.

By his mid-80s, the Lexington Film League in his local Kentucky had established the Harry Dean Stanton Fest and movie producer Sophie Huber had influenced the narrative "To harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction", which included critique from Wenders, Sam Shepard and Kristofferson. "Everyone loved him, and with good reason".

Previously, Stanton praised actor Jack Nicholson for giving him the acting advice which helped progress his career.

"The Alien family mourns the loss of Harry Dean Stanton. Harry Dean Stanton. My heart is broken, but at 91.a life well lived", Begley tweeted.

"There went a great one".

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"I could have been a writer", he told an interviewer for a 2011 documentary, "Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland", in which he sings and plays the harmonica. You are really going to be missed Hary Dean!

Harry Dean Stanton has spent a lifetime in show-business. But he wasn't limited to the small screen in his work.

Stanton has been honored with the annual Harry Dean Stanton Film Festival in Lexington, Kentucky.

And, finally, the official Twitter account for the film tweeted out a lovely dedication to its star, which you can read below.

His final role sees him play a 90-year-old atheist in the drama Lucky, which debuted at SXSW in March.

Stanton is one of the finest character actors, gaining acclaim from some of the most respected actors and always mentioned as a talent to be admired in Hollywood.

Stanton's more recent work includes playing polygamist patriarch Roman Grant in TV's "Big Love" and a voice role in animated feature "Rango" with Johnny Depp. "I don't act like their father, I act like their friend", he once told NY magazine. "If I never did another film after Paris, Texas, I'd be happy".

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