A Hollywood legend is gone…
Harry Dean Stanton, a well-known character actor whose career has spanned over sixty years, passed away at the age of 91 yesterday in Los Angeles.
Stanton was known for his roles in films like Christine, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Pretty in Pink, and Twin Peaks.
Harry Dean Stanton was born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, the son of a cook and a tobacco farmer/barber. The stage was always in Stanton’s blood as he came from a musical family, which led him to start in theater and studied journalism and radio arts at the University of Kentucky.
Stanton served in the Navy during World War II and shortly after, he began his career in television and movies. He started in independent films and cult films as well as major Hollywood production in mainly supporting roles. However, in 1983, Stanton broke out with his role in Wim Wenders‘ Paris, Texas, after playwright Sam Sheperd (who wrote the film’s screenplay) saw Stanton at a bar and after conversing with him, offered Stanton the lead role of Travis.
Stanton would go on to a successful career in both movies and television with one of his last appearances reprising his role in the revamped sequel series to David Lynch‘s Twin Peaks and has his final film performance coming soon in the film Lucky.
Stanton is believed to have been survived by some family even though he had no children himself.
World Film Geek sends its condolences to the family of Harry Dean Stanton. As a final tribute, here is the Hollywood Reporter interviewing him about why “anybody” can be an actor:
Rest in Peace, Harry Dean Stanton.