'Alien' actor Harry Dean Stanton dies aged 91

Danny Woods
September 17, 2017

TMZ reports that the actor passed away on Friday afternoon in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. Fittingly his final film, Lucky, serves as a tribute to the actor and features his longtime fried and Twin Peaks, Wild At Heart, and The Straight Story director David Lynch, who presented Stanton with the inaugural Harry Dean Stanton Award at the Los Angeles Vidiots prizegiving a year ago (16).

Harry Dean Stanton, the character actor with the world-weary face who carved out an exceptional career playing grizzled loners and colorful, offbeat characters in such films as Paris, Texas and Repo Man, has died.

He brought his craggy, gaunt presence to small parts in films like "Alien", "Pretty in Pink", and "The Godfather Part II" and had leading roles in the movies "Paris, Texas" and "Repo Man".

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 wherever you are now!" But certainly the most prominent was his first lead role in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas, which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.

Stanton's last role was in Lucky - a film to be released later this month.

"The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us.There went a great one".

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Olivia Wilde wrote that Stanton was the "definition of cool", and recounted her experience working with him on 2006's "Alpha Dog". In the film, Stanton stars as a 90-year-old atheist seeking enlightenment. His father, Sheridan Harry Stanton, was a tobacco farmer and barber.

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.

After Navy service in the Pacific during World War II, he spent three years at the University of Kentucky and appeared in several plays.

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012), Lynch asked Stanton how he would like it to be remembered.

According to his agent, Stanton "is survived by family and friends who loved him". "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".

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