Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Harry Dean Stanton, Hollywood staple since the 1950s, has died

Harry Dean Stanton, Hollywood staple since the 1950s, has died

His final role sees him play a 90-year-old atheist in the drama Lucky, which debuted at SXSW in March.

The same period also saw what will no doubt be regarded as Stanton's most emblematic role: the near mute Travis Henderson in Wim Wenders' Palme d'Or winning Paris, Texas.

Meanwhile, Stanton has starred in some of David Lynch's projects, namely, The Straight Story and Inland Empire, according to BBC.

Stanton toiled in near-obscurity for decades until he was cast by writer and actor Sam Shepard - who also passed away this year - in the 1984 classic "Paris, Texas".

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"As a person, Harry Dean is just so handsome".

"He played particular roles and was a natural in them", said Mills, who recalled how feeble Stanton was when he appeared at the Lexington festival in 2014 with actress Michelle Phillips.

Longtime Character actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at 91.

Harry Dean Stanton has spent a lifetime in show-business.

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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".

The quintessentially American actor was hired by such famed directors as Francis Ford Coppola (1974's The Godfather: Part II), John Huston (1979's Wise Blood), Robert Altman (1985's Fool for Love), Martin Scorsese (1988's The Last Temptation of Christ), John Frankenheimer (1990's The Fourth War) and Frank Darabont (1999's The Green Mile). He was kind and generous and he loved to play music. "And a great human being", Lynch added.

Stanton was born July 14, 1926, in West Irvine, Kentucky, to a tobacco farmer father and hairdresser mother who divorced when he was a teenager. It's remarkable to me that he's into his 70s and is still up all night. We were not close. "I don't act like their father, I act like their friend", he once told NY magazine.

I shamefully admit that my first memories of Stanton are from Pretty in Pink, but what else would you expect from a girl who grew up during the '80s and '90s. "And then we are reconciled, shortly before his death". He got his first TV role in 1954 and jumped into movies in 1957, Variety reports. With his cheekbones protruding and his eyes have been identified, it is confined to the roles of bad guys or poor'hères: "For years, I was offered jobs killers of cops". He appeared as an inmate in the aforementioned "Cool Hand Luke". Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: "Alien, Paris, Texas, Repo Man". It sharing scene anthology with a vibrant Nastassja Kinski.

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