Harry Dean Stanton of Alien and Twin Peaks Fame Dies


Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy-face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in "Paris, Texas", "Repo Man" and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91.

Stanton worked, over 60 years, for some of most renowned directors of Hollywood like Francis Ford Coppola in The Godfar:Part II; Wim Wenders in Paris, Texas; Sam Peckinpah in Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid; Martin Scorsese in The last temptation of Christ, and Ridley Scott in Alien.

Harry Dean Stanton also played small parts in movies like Cool Hand Luke and In the Heat of the Night, the former giving him a chance to show his singing chops with the gospel song "Just a Closer Walk with Thee", the latter role being an uncredited one as a police officer.

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. Loads of love to you wherever you are now!'

Stanton also found his way into a key role in a hit TV series, HBO's "Big Love". He also stars with Lynch in the upcoming film "Lucky", the directorial debut of actor John Carroll Lynch, which has been described as a love letter to Stanton's life and career.

Harry Dean Stanton was born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky to Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and a tobacco farmer, and Ersol, a cook. "He's got a patch over one eye and a derby hat", Stanton, in a 2008 interview with Esquire, recalled Nicholson pitching him.

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

Stanton had his first television role in 1954 and his first film role two years later.

According to his agent, Stanton "is survived by family and friends who loved him". "I don't care", replied actor.

The film's director, John Carroll Lynch, said he had "the honour to watch over Harry's final performance in intimate, exquisite detail".

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.

Actor Harry Dean Stanton poses for a portrait for the film "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction" at Dan Tana's restaurant in West Hollywood on August 22, 2013.

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