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'Twin Peaks' Star Harry Dean Stanton Dies At 91 Of Natural Causes

Harry Dean Stanton, Actor and WWII Veteran, Dies at Age 91 Harry Dean Stanton Dead: 'Twin Peaks' and 'Big Love' Actor Dies at 91
Theodore Harris | 17 September, 2017, 00:32

Harry Dean Stanton, who has nearly 200 acting credits to his name, with films like Alien and TV shows like Twin Peaks, passed away at the age of 91 yesterday.

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch, who cast Stanton in his films The Straight Story, Inland Empire and Wild at Heart, among others, said: "There's nobody like Harry Dean". A cult-favorite since the '70s with roles in "Cockfighter", "Two-Lane Blacktop" and "Cisco Pike", his more famous credits ranged from the Oscar-winning epic "The Godfather Part II" to the sci-fi classic "Alien" to the teen flick "Pretty in Pink", in which he played Molly Ringwald's father.

Harry Dean Stanton was born on July 14, 1926, in West Irvine, Ky., a small tobacco-growing community.

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

Stanton had a long road to stardom as an actor, appearing in many uncredited roles, primarily in westerns, before he hit it big.

HBO also paid tribute to Stanton, who played Roman Grant on their series Big Love.

Stanton received no accolades for his role in the film, which makes it one of the more under-appreciated performances of all time-a performance which famed film critic Roger Ebert referred to as a "miracle".

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When given a rare turn as a leading man, Stanton more than made the most of it. And he was a World War II veteran, reportedly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Battle of Okinawa.

Stanton would encounter breakthrough mainstream success in 1984's Paris, Texas playing a amnesiac named Travis who tries to connect with his brother, played by Dean Stockwell.

Horror film director John Carpenter, who directed the actor in "Escape From New York", tweeted, "Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor".

Stanton was known for his quirky characterizations in an acting career that dated to the mid-1950s. He redefined acting for me.

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

Entertainment Weekly revealed that Stanton never got married, but in a 2006 interview, he was asked if he had children. Stanton was also a talented musician, performing with the Harry Dean Stanton band for years.

In the 2012 documentary Partly Fiction, Stanton answered some deep questions from his friend and colleague, director David Lynch.

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