Tributes as cult actor Harry Dean Stanton dies aged 91

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

Harry Dean Stanton, the veteran American actor who ballasted generations of independent and cult films, has died aged 91. 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.

All the more as of late he rejoined with Lynch on Showtime's "Twin Peaks: The Return" where he repeated his part as the crotchety trailer stop proprietor Carl from "Flame Walk With Me".

Stanton died of natural causes.

"The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us". "Everyone loved him, and with good reason". He was a great actor.

Stanton never married, although he had a long relationship with actress Rebecca De Mornay, 35 years his junior. Acting won, but many years of struggle would pass before Stanton would become a household name. "There went the great one", filmmaker Lynch wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

Baby Driver director Edgar Wright tweeted a still of Stanton from Repo Man, captioning it, "RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. You are really going to be missed Harry Dean!"

Harry Dean Stanton has spent a lifetime in show-business. The actor was also shown on the small screen. Occasionally you would hear Stanton sing; music was his other love - he sang and played harmonica onstage and off.

Harry Dean Stanton wasn't a leading man type, but he was versatile and could play complex characters in any genre. "I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing", Stanton later recalled, "I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity".

Stanton, born in Kentucky in 1926, was raised in the Bluegrass State before serving in the Navy in World War II and fighting in the Battle of Okinawa, according to Kentucky Educational Television.

However, Stanton's weatherbeaten visage and anti-heroic mien suited 70s cinema and the rise of the Hollywood new wave, and his roles slowly increased in significance.

Ebert later conceded that "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", a 1989 film starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman that featured Stanton as a philosophical neighbor was a clear exception. He redefined acting for me.

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

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