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Harry Dean Stanton (1926 - 2017), prolific actor with cult following


Hollywood veteran Harry Dean Stanton has died age 91, with tributes pouring in for the actor from other film legends.

The news comes courtesy of Stanton's agent, John Kelly, who revealed that the actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles this afternoon. With leading roles in the 1980s films Repo Man and Paris, Texas, he became something of a star and a cult favorite.

Stanton's latest film, "Lucky" - where he plays a 90-year-old atheist - is set for United Kingdom release on October 9.

Stanton's final on-screen performance can be seen in the upcoming film "Lucky".

Though he often played inmates such as Tramp in "Cool Hand Luke" and Toot-Toot in "The Green Mile", he was a struggling suburban single dad in "Pretty in Pink" and the biblical Saul in "The Last Temptation of Christ". Following high school, Stanton served in the Navy as a cook on an ammunitions ship in the Pacific during World War II - he was in the Battle of Okinawa - then enrolled at the University of Kentucky to study journalism and radio arts.

Actor Harry Dean Stanton arrives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' "Rango" at Regency Village Theater on February 14, 2011, in Los Angeles, California. There's nobody like Harry Dean.


"The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us", his close friend and frequent collaborator David Lynch said in a statement on Friday. "I was in a movie called Twister, and in it I had to hit a golf ball off of a roof with a driving wood", Stanton said of learning the sport.

He was also a musician, singing and playing guitar with The Harry Dean Stanton Band. A faction most loved since the '70s with parts in "Cockfighter", "Two-Lane Blacktop" and "Cisco Pike", his more popular credits went from the Oscar-winning epic "The Godfather Part II" to the science fiction great "Outsider" to the teenager flick "Beautiful in Pink", in which he played Molly Ringwald's dad.

Stanton explained to Entertainment Weekly, "After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up". I am devastated. I loved Harry Dean.

"He played particular roles and was a natural in them", said Mills, who recalled how feeble Stanton was when he appeared at the Lexington festival in 2014 with actress Michelle Phillips.

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

For many years, Stanton played lesser-billed characters. "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"

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