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Harry Dean Stanton, the longtime character actor with the world-weary face who carved out an exceptional career in such films as Paris, Texas and Cool Hand Luke, died Friday. He was 91.
Stanton, who also was memorable in Two-Lane Blacktop (1971), Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979), John Carpenter’s Escape From New York (1981), Repo Man (1984) and Pretty in Pink (1986) died Friday afternoon of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Stanton also was known for his role as Roman Grant on HBO’s Big Love, as well as a long-running relationship with director David Lynch. He appeared in the filmmaker’s Wild at Heart (1990), Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992), the 1993 miniseries Hotel Room, The Straight Story (1999) and Inland Empire (2006).
Stars remembered the beloved actor across social media following the news of his death.
Twin Peaks co-creator Lynch shared a statement on Stanton’s passing, writing, “There went a great one. There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason.”
“RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien’, ‘Paris Texas’, ‘Repo Man,’ ” director Edgar Wright tweeted.
Tweeted Jon Cryer, who starred with Stanton in Pretty in Pink: “Was an honor, man.”
— SHO_PR (@SHO_PR) September 15, 2017
Goodnight, Harry. Follow the light. It’s right there waiting for you.#HarryDeanStanton
— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) September 16, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton had the best line in CHRISTINE: “I’m selling’ this shithole and buyin’ a condo.” Rest in peace, HD. You were great.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 15, 2017
Never a dull moment.
Can’t imagine telling him to rest. pic.twitter.com/N2gpgKGBeV
— Joss Whedon (@joss) September 15, 2017
He’s heading north at 110 per. #RIPHarryDeanStanton
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) September 15, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 16, 2017
RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien’, ‘Paris Texas’, ‘Repo Man’. pic.twitter.com/tKglu0Bemv
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 15, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor. He was also a great actor. Goodbye, Harry Dean. Rest in peace.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) September 15, 2017
If film has a spirt it’s Harry Dean Stanton
— Jane Levy (@jcolburnlevy) September 15, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton was the definition of cool. On Alpha Dog, he wouldn’t leave a room w/o saying, “Love ya. Mean it.” Such a great guy. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) September 15, 2017
Harry Dean you gave us so much truth on and off camera Thank you for living a full life! You are a great artist https://t.co/lNtfSO79Ue
— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) September 15, 2017
— Tribeca (@Tribeca) September 15, 2017
— LuckyFilm2017 (@LuckyFilm2017) September 15, 2017
Harry Dean was just plain special. Nobody like him. RIP and have a drink on me. https://t.co/s21oTbCvzz
— Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) September 15, 2017
— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) September 15, 2017
Rest In Peace, Harry Dean Stanton pic.twitter.com/NciVEUWtox
— 20th Century Fox (@20thcenturyfox) September 15, 2017
REST IN PEACE, HARRY DEAN STANTON pic.twitter.com/EiXl8NAxg9
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) September 16, 2017
I was 12 when I first exchanged theories of the universe with Harry. He was magical man. I love you Harry. I just miss you both so much. pic.twitter.com/MEoCmKgxnI
— James Paxton *Jpax (@jamespaxtonyo) September 15, 2017
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