The very productive American actor Harry Dean Stanton is Friday died of natural causes in a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 91 years old, as reported in the local media.
Stantons was born in 1926 and his career spans more than 60 years old and more than 100 films, and 50 tv episodes. He played among the more roles in “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), “The Godfather, II” (1974), “Alien” (1979), “Repo Man” (1984), “Paris, Texas” (1984) and “The Green Mile” (1999).
This year, he was still to be seen in the series “Twin Peaks” and later this month, the drama “Lucky” with Stanton in the lead role.
Director David Lynch, the man behind Twin Peaks, described Stanton as ” a Popular and more than a great actor. There is no one like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. It was a pleasure to work with him,” said Lynch in a response to the death against trade magazine Variety.
Stantons first role on the big screen was in the little meaningful movie Tomahawk Trail (1957), but he was rapidly noticed and appeared in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s regularly in small roles as a cowboy or soldier. His star continued to rise and he received better roles in which he is relaxed acteerstijl full could play, such as in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather: II (1974), and in Alien (1979).
It was around this time that Stanton, the attention came from director Wim Wenders, who in his finest role as Travis in the movie Paris, Texas (1984) cast. Then gave indie director Alex Cox Stanton a role that really him in the picture placed, in the quirky cult film Repo Man (1984).
Stanton got from then on, lots of offers, and by his unique appearance, he got roles of a suburban father in Pretty in Pink (1986) to a soft, but slechtgeluimde investigator in Wild at Heart (1990) and a crazy smart scientist in Escape from New York (1981).
In addition to his filmsprestaties is Stanton even a full-fledged musician who is more than ten years played in The Harry Dean Stanton Band, which is internationally toured. Stanton became a cult figure of cinema and music, when Debbie Harry sang “I wanna dance with Harry Dean …” in her nineties hit “I want That Man”, she had about him.
Harry Dean Stanton continued acting until his death. He has been featured in the new series of Twin Peaks and later this month the film Lucky in which he plays a leading role.