Beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton dead

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

"I think all actors will agree, no one gives a more honest, natural, truer performance than Harry Dean Stanton", director David Lynch said in presenting Stanton with the Inaugural "Harry Dean Stanton Award" in Los Angeles past year.

And in many cult independent movies such as Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, Escape from New York, Repo Man, before appearing in perhaps his greatest role, starring in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas in 1984. Stanton was a fixture in Lynch's work, appearing in Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), the 1993 miniseries Hotel Room, The Straight Story (1999) and Inland Empire (2006).

He died of natural causes in a hospital in Los Angeles, his agent said, according to an NPR report.

Stanton was a favorite of the late film critic Roger Ebert, who said that "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad".

Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, described Stanton as "incomparable" while Lynch labelled him a "great one". His long, distinguished career will stand as a monument to one of the greatest character actors to ever grace the screen.

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

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"Harry Dean exudes a spiritual awareness that's steeped in deep sadness, and it's so compelling to watch on film". I am devastated. I loved Harry Dean.

Harry Dean Stanton was shining as the first plan.


Shawn Doyle, Stanton's Big Love co-star, took to Twitter to post a tribute of his own.

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

He recently appeared in the revival of "Twin Peaks", which was released this summer.

Stanton was great friends with Jack Nicholson and they once lived together in Laurel Canyon, Virginia.

A native of Kentucky, Stanton served in the Navy during World War II then did his first acting work in a University of Kentucky production of "Pygmalion".

Stanton also found his way into a key role in a hit TV series, HBO's "Big Love". "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"

Director and actor Samuel West tweeted: "Harry Dean Stanton in PARIS, TEXAS".

"I had to decide if I wanted to be a singer or an actor".

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