Acting Legend Harry Dean Stanton Dead At 91

Kelvin Reese
September 17, 2017

"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. 'Roger Ebert once said, "No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton can be altogether bad.' That is the power of a truly extraordinary actor".

The iconic actor appeared in films such as Repo Man, One From The Heart as well as a recent reboot of TV's Twin Peaks.

A great friend of Jack Nicholson, Sean Penn, and Marlon Brandon, this smoking death-defying has worked with Martin Scorsese (The last temptation of Christ), and Francis Ford Coppola (Coup de coeur, The Godfather). "I don't act like their father, I act like their friend", he once told NY magazine.

Never one to pigeonhole himself, the actor played a convict, an Federal Bureau of Investigation detective, and a polygamist offshoot leader over the course of his decades-long career.

Stanton would encounter breakthrough mainstream success in 1984's Paris, Texas playing a amnesiac named Travis who tries to connect with his brother, played by Dean Stockwell.

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The Kentucky-born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films, including 1984's Paris, Texas and Repo Man. "It's one of those actors who knows that his face is part of story", said novelist and actor at Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012).

We remember the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton below.

It was less than a month ago when #Harry Dean Stanton appeared in an episode of "Twin Peaks" as Carl Rodd, the owner of Fat Trout Trailer Park. Other movies that he starred in included "Alien", "Paris, Texas", "Cool Hand Luke" and more. "There's nobody like Harry Dean", Lynch said Friday evening, joining a chorus of praise for the actor. "(...) You'll really miss us", he wrote in a statement.

Three years at the Pasadena Playhouse set him up for TV and motion pictures. Then I finally got old enough to watch Alien and saw a much darker side of him before Brett was forever silenced by a Xenomorph. Stanton is best known for his role as the polygamist leader in HBO's Big Love and as Andy's out-of-work father in Pretty in Pink. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) - and a great human being - so great to be around him.

Stanton played a man reconnecting with his family after being presumably lost for four years, and earned critical attention immediately.

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