Actor Harry Dean Stanton dead at 91 after decades-long career
Sep 17 2017
Prolific film and television actor Harry Dean Stanton died this Friday of natural causes at the age of 91.
In a statement following the news of Stanton's death, "Twin Peaks" creator David Lynchsaid through the show's social media, "The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us. Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"
The late critic Roger Ebert once said no movie can be altogether bad if it includes Stanton in a supporting role, and the wide cult of fans that included directors and his fellow actors felt the same.
His big break came in 1984 when he was cast in Wim Wenders' film Paris, Texas.
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.
Harry Dean Stanton played hooligans and codgers, erraticisms and failures.
Stanton played a man reconnecting with his family after being presumably lost for four years, and earned critical attention immediately.
Director and actor Samuel West tweeted: "Harry Dean Stanton in PARIS, TEXAS".
"As a person, Harry Dean is just so lovely".
With more than 100 film credits, Stanton was directed by every big name in the business, from Alfred Hitchcock to John Huston, David Lynch and Ridley Scott, as well as being close friends with Marlon Brando and Jack Nicholson. "I don't want to deal with any consciousness afterward".
Tributes have been paid to actor Harry Dean Stanton who starred in a number of classic films.
He was a cook on board a ship during the battle of Okinawa in 1945 during his US Navy service in World War Two.
Stanton's first broadcast appearance was in 1954 on an episode of the NBC show "Inner Sanctum". In addition to his acting career, he led his own eclectic band called the Harry Dean Stanton Band, and would often play weekly gigs in L.A. clubs.
He additionally stars with Lynch in the up and coming movie "Fortunate", the directorial presentation of performing artist John Carroll Lynch, which has been depicted as an affection letter to Stanton's life and vocation.
Stanton never married but once told an interviewer he had "one, maybe two" sons.