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Harry Dean Stanton, Legendary Actor, Dead At Age 91

Harry Dean Stanton, Legendary Actor, Dead At Age 91

Harry Dean Stanton, one of the silver screen's greatest and most iconic character actors, died of natural causes on Friday (September 15).

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and Twin Peaks creator David Lynch are among the stars who have paid tribute to actor Harry Dean Stanton, who has died aged 91.

Stanton played more than 200 roles in a career that lasted over 60 years.

The late faultfinder Roger Ebert once said no motion picture can be through and through bad in the event that it incorporates Stanton in a supporting part, and the wide clique of fans that included chiefs and his kindred on-screen characters felt the same. "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!".

As the news of his death broke, his co-stars and friends took to social media to share their memories of the legendary actor, who returned to play Carl Rodd in the new series of Twin Peaks this 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.

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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. Stanton was even the best man at Nicholson's 1962 wedding to Sandra Knight.

Stanton was touring with a children's play when he quit during a stop in California, deciding to try his hand in television and films.

"Harry Dean is survived by family and friends who loved him". Many actors would have overplayed the role or reduced it to simple basics, but Stanton made the most of his supporting position in the film.

In another memorable line from the documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, Lynch asked him how he would like to be remembered.

The film's director, John Carroll Lynch, said he had "the honour to watch over Harry's final performance in intimate, exquisite detail". "Well, I realized early on that if I became an actor, I could play a writer and a sculptor and a painter and be all the things you just don't have time to be in your lifetime".

At 91 years old, Stanton was given the opportunity to truly act - and present an evolved character dealing with the drawbacks of old age.