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Acting Icon Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91

17 September 2017

This film offered Stanton a rare moment to be a leading man.

He comes back and finds her in a Houston peep show, where he delivers a 10-minute monologue through a one-way mirror. Whether it was an awe-inspiring lead role, such as in "Paris, Texas", or an unforgettable bit part, such as in "The Green Mile", Stanton always provided films with an influx of captivating acting, and film enthusiasts will never forget him for that.

The film won the stupendous prize at the Cannes Film Festival and furnished the performing artist with his initially star charging, at age 58. Stanton also became friends with Marlon Brando, another actor from Missouri Breaks, and they engaged in long phone calls for years before Brando's death in 2004.

His legend would only grow.

We remember the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton below.

"Twin Peaks" creator David Lynch paid tribute to the star on social media, saying, "There went a great one".

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It wasn't until 1979 that Harry Dean Stanton would get one of his most recognizable roles in cinema as the Nostromo crew member Brett in Ridley Scott's Alien. I am devastated. I loved Harry Dean.

The film's director, John Carroll Lynch, said he had "the honour to watch over Harry's final performance in intimate, exquisite detail". "He's got a great inner peace".

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. "He was a great actor (actually beyond great) - and a great human being - so great to be around him!", Lynch said, the Hollywood Reporter tweeted.

Later, he used music as an escape from his parents' quarreling and the sometimes brutal treatment he was subjected to by his father. He sang and played rhythm guitar and harmonica in a Tex-Mex band that did weekly gigs at The Mint in Los Angeles. The critic Roger Ebert once wrote that Mr. Stanton was one of two character actors (the other was M. Emmet Walsh) whose presence in a movie guaranteed that it could not be "altogether bad".

Aside from acting, he was in the Navy during World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. Resolved to make it in Hollywood, he picked tobacco to procure his admission west.

After moving to Los Angeles, he performed at the Pasadena Playhouse.

Acting Icon Harry Dean Stanton Dead at 91