Harry Dean Stanton, Alien and Twin Peaks Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, Alien and Twin Peaks Star, Dies at 91

His agent, John Kelly, said in a statement he died peacefully at 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 past year (16).

During six decades of his acting career, Stanton secured tiny roles in a number of TV shows, like The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, Man with a Camera, Alice, Big Love, Mongo Wrestling Alliance, Getting On and Twin Peaks. Loads of love to you wherever you are now!' In 2006, Stanton took a prominent TV role on the HBO drama "Big Love", playing the megalomaniacal leader of a polygamous sect. With leading roles in the 1980s films Repo Man and Paris, Texas, he became something of a star and a cult favorite.

Stanton's last movie, "Lucky", about the spiritual journey of a 90-year-old atheist, is to have a red carpet premiere at the Kentucky Theater Sept. 28 at this year's Harry Dean Stanton Festival, said Fred Mills, manager of the theater.

Harry Dean Stanton plays opposite Molly Ringwald in 1986's "Pretty in Pink". "He's got a patch over one eye and a derby hat", Stanton, in a 2008 interview with Esquire, recalled Nicholson pitching him.

Stanton credited Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson with giving him vital professional advice. He redefined acting for me.

Jack Nicholson and Harry Dean Stanton at a basketball game in 2009
Jack Nicholson and Harry Dean Stanton at a basketball game in 2009

Stanton had his first television role in 1954 and his first film role two years later.

Tributes have been paid to actor Harry Dean Stanton who starred in a number of classic films.

Born in Kentucky, Stanton served in the Navy during World War II and then attended the University of Kentucky for journalism and radio. Lynch echoed Cage's impressions of Stanton and said, "The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us". Stanton played a tortured man desperately struggling to deal with his past, and for much of the film he manages to speak volumes without saying a single word.

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

In the 2012 documentary Partly Fiction, Stanton answered some deep questions from his friend and colleague, director David Lynch.


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