Harry Dean Stanton, the actor, died at the age of 91


Harry Dean Stanton was born on July 14, 1926, in West Irvine, Ky., a small tobacco-growing community.

Stanton also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part II" and David Lynch's "Wild at Heart". Hellman stated that Stanton "had the same quality as all great actors", and shared an anecdote about Stanton's drive as an actor: "I think Harry summed it up best himself when he told me some advice Jack had given him".

Stanton never married, although he has claimed in the past to have "one or two children".

Stanton's greatest acting achievement, however, may have been his role in the film "Paris, Texas", a Palme d'Or victor at the Cannes Film Festival directed by German film legend Wim Wenders. "Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: "Alien", "Paris Texas", "Repo Man"," in his tribute to the late great actor. By his mid-80s, the Lexington Film League in his native Kentucky had founded the Harry Dean Stanton Fest and filmmaker Sophie Huber had made the documentary "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction", which included commentary from Wenders, Sam Shepard and Kristofferson. A statement from the filmmakers following his death said, "We lost a legend today with the passing of Harry Dean Stanton".

Roger Ebert once said that any movie with Stanton in the cast couldn't be all bad.

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In recent years Stanton played the polygamist patriarch in HBO's Big Love, voiced a role in Depp's animated feature, Rango, and reunited with his frequent collaborator David Lynch, playing Carl Rodd in the revival of Twin Peaks. Stanton joked that roles most successful Hopper had been declined by him (Blue Velvet and Hoosiers).

"As a person, Harry Dean is just so attractive". Stanton was a genuinely good man and an actor who put in the work and got the job done with terrific results.

Stanton was born in the U.S. state of Kentucky and served in the navy in World War II before becoming an actor. You are really going to be missed Hary Dean! His long, distinguished career will stand as a monument to one of the greatest character actors to ever grace the screen.

Three years at the Pasadena Playhouse set him up for TV and motion pictures.

He also appeared in hit TV series such as Big Love, and many westerns including Pork Chop Hill in 1959 with Gregory Peck.