Harry Dean Stanton Passes Away at 91


Harry Dean Stanton, the beloved character actor known for his beleaguered, grizzled aspect and his star turns in titles like Paris, Texas, Pretty in Pink, Repo Man, Cool Hand Luke, Wild at Heart, and Twin Peaks, died of natural causes on Friday in Los Angeles.

Stanton's agent says he died at age 91 in Los Angeles on Friday.

"Though Stanton's most recent appearance was in the hit TV series "#twin peaks", he will appear in one more project: "the film "Frank and Ava", in which Stanton plays the role of Sheriff Lloyd. He played Tramp in Cool Hand Luke and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in The Godfather Part II, before scoring one of his best known roles as engineering tech Alien in Ridley Scott's Alien in 1979, followed by films like Escape from NY. "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"

Author Stephen King, whose book Christine and story "The Green Mile", were made into movies starring Stanton, called the actor "great", while Olivia Wilde, the actress who appeared with Stanton in Alpha Dogs, recalled that he was the "definition of cool".

The star's final performance will be in Lucky, which is set to air later this month.

A statement from @DAVID_LYNCH on the passing of the great Harry Dean Stanton. "He was an exceptional man and I am honored to have had the chance to share the screen with him", wrote Mark Ruffalo. He was the subject of the 2013 documentary "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction".

When Stanton was touring with a children's play, he suddenly quit during a stop-over in California, realizing his desire to work in television and film instead. He was 91 years old. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Stanton said that he had received one of most important tips of her career of Jack Nicholson.

The personality fit into the visions of a diverse array of some of the 20th century's most creative directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, John Hughes, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch.

Stanton was born in Kentucy to a tobacco farmer, living a rural life before heading off to be a cook in the Navy in the Pacific theatre during World War II. "I don't act like their father, I act like their friend", he once told NY magazine.

According to TMZ, Stanton never married, but he is survived by some family members.