Hollywood Mourns Death of 'Legendary' Harry Dean Stanton

Hollywood Mourns Death of 'Legendary' Harry Dean Stanton

"I figure all on-screen characters will concur, nobody gives a more fair, characteristic, more genuine execution than Harry Dean Stanton", chief David Lynch said in giving Stanton the Inaugural "Harry Dean Stanton Award" in Los Angeles a year ago.

John Carpenter, who directed Harry Dean in the movie Escape from NY tweeted and said "Harry Dean was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor".

He "passed away from natural causes" at Cedars-Sinai medical centre, according to his agent John S. Kelly.

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch paid tribute to Stanton in a statement.

Along with his acting career, Stanton was a talented musician who sang and played guitar in the Harry Dean Stanton Band.

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Stanton often played haggard men with battered souls, Turner Classic Movies said in its description of him. Stanton's ex-cowboy Lucky is the core of the film, a lifelong smoker - not dissimilar to Stanton himself - who is shaken to pursue something greater after an accident.

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

"There went a great one". Harry Dean Stanton was best known for his supporting roles, he has turned to the greatest filmmakers.

By his mid-80s, the Lexington Film League in his native Kentucky had founded the Harry Dean Stanton Fest and filmmaker Sophie Huber had made the documentary "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction", which included commentary from Wenders, Sam Shepard and Kristofferson.

"Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor".

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Born in Kentucky in 1926, Harry Dean Stanton served in the US Navy during World War II and afterwards moved to California to try for an acting career.

And, finally, the official Twitter account for the film tweeted out a lovely dedication to its star, which you can read below. Shepard offered Stanton the role of Travis, whose tortured, broken soul is nearly mute for the whole hauntingly handsome film.

Stanton's other TV credits included "Alice", "Big Love", "Hotel Room" and "Dead Man's Walk". "Well, I realized early on that if I became an actor, I could play a writer and a sculptor and a painter and be all the things you just don't have time to be in your lifetime".

His long body of work earned him a legion of fans, including some in his home state, who hold an annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest in his honor.

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