Legendary Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies At 91

Harry Dean Stanton, an actor best known for playing offbeat characters, died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Friday, September 15, Us Weekly confirms. Stanton was also a frequent collaborator with David Lynch, and he recently reprised his role from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me, Carl Rodd, for Twin Peaks: The Return on Showtime.

He featured in classic movies such as Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Alpha Dog, Pretty in Pink, Stephen King's Christine and The Green Mile.

For decades Stanton lived in a small, disheveled house overlooking the San Fernando Valley, and was a fixture at the West Hollywood landmark Dan Tana's.

"In the end, you end up accepting everything in your life - suffering, horror, love, loss, hate - all of it".

He was most often remembered for his roles in Twin Peaks, Big Love, Repo Man and Paris, Texas.

"We had always hoped to celebrate this film and Harry's handsome performance with Harry himself", read a note posted to Twitter from the Lucky film's Twitter account.

Since 2011, the Kentucky city of Lexington each year has hosted a Harry Dean Stanton Festival.

When given a rare turn as a leading man, Stanton more than made the most of it. You are really going to be missed Harry Dean!

Stanton's first broadcast appearance was in 1954 on an episode of the NBC show "Inner Sanctum".

The personality fit into the visions of a diverse array of some of the 20th century's most creative directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, John Hughes, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch. And he was a World War II veteran, reportedly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Battle of Okinawa. He came from a musical family and said that he was at one point faced with the decision of pursuing a career as a singer or an actor. He performed in bands under different names - such as Harry Dean Stanton and the Repo Men and also the Harry Dean Stanton Band - and he was friends with Bob Dylan.

Stanton never married, although he has claimed in the past to have "one or two children". But more general audiences will probably recognize Stanton from a brief part where he interacts with Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner in The Avengers in 2012.

  • Kyle Peterson