Harry Dean Stanton, Actor and WWII Veteran, Dies at Age 91

Sep 17, 2017, 00:32
Harry Dean Stanton, Actor and WWII Veteran, Dies at Age 91

A versatile utility player who could be plugged into nearly any scene and give it instant authenticity, heart and humor, Stanton was sought-after for supporting roles until the very last days of his life. Both actors came in to a good friendship and became part of a group of rebels in Hollywood of 60s with Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper, protagonists of Easy Rider.

Though rarely in a starring role, he carved out a niche for himself playing odd, often grizzled characters. The omnipresent cigarette dangling from his lips helped with that.

Harry Dean Stanton, a longtime actor who has held roles in iconic films like Alien, Godfather II and Cool Hand Luke has died, according to TMZ.

Roger Ebert once said that any movie with Stanton in the cast couldn't be all bad. The actor was particularly known for his role as a father with amnesia in Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders palme d'or at the Cannes film festival in 1984.

In Alex Cox's satirical cult sensation Repo Man (1984), Stanton recruits a young punk rocker (Emilio Estevez) to seize cars, just like him.

"The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us", said Lynch in a statement released on Twitter by Showtime.

Stanton has been a staple on the big and small screens for seven decades.

Stanton was born in 1926 in rural Kentucky, the son of a tobacco farmer.

Aside from acting, he was in the Navy during World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa.

Stanton went on to study journalism and radio arts at the University of Kentucky, where he also performed at the Guignol Theatre.

When Stanton was touring with a children's play, he suddenly quit during a stop-over in California, realizing his desire to work in television and film instead.

He showed up in more than 200 films and TV appears in a vocation dating to the mid-1950s.

Two documentaries were made about Stanton's life and work. Stanton can be seen in John Carpenter's Escape from New York, Alex Cox's Repo Man, John Milius' Red Dawn, Martin Scorsese's The Last Temptation of Christ, and of course, John Hughes' Pretty in Pink as Molly Ringwald's father. Asked how he wanted to be remembered, his answer was, "Doesn't matter". "Doesn't matter", Stanton said. There will be a Harry tribute when I get off.