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Tributes paid to actor Harry Dean Stanton, dead at 91

17 September 2017, 12:31 | Anna Nguyen

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton of'Twin Peaks''Pretty in Pink and'Paris Texas' Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton died Friday at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles at the age of 91, TMZ reports.

Showtime's Twin Peaks revival recently concluded its third season, with no plans to bring it back for yet another season.

Stanton died of natural causes on today (Friday 15 September).

Olivia Wilde wrote that Stanton was the "definition of cool", and recounted her experience working with him on 2006's "Alpha Dog".

Though he often played inmates such as Tramp in "Cool Hand Luke" and Toot-Toot in "The Green Mile", he was a struggling suburban single dad in "Pretty in Pink" and the biblical Saul in "The Last Temptation of Christ". 'Roger Ebert once said, "No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton can be altogether bad.' That is the power of a truly extraordinary actor".

Stanton began his on-screen career back in 1954 with a role in an episode of the television series, Inner Sanctum, as a character named Andrew. He studied theater at the University of Kentucky, served in the Navy in World War II, and then went to Hollywood.

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Meanwhile, Stanton was an elegant musical performer with an angelic tenor voice. The remainder of the decade was up-hill from there, and Stanton was noticed by famed directors like Francis Ford Coppola for 1974's The Godfather: Part II and John Huston for 1979's Wise Blood.

He returned as Rodd in the recent "Twin Peaks: The Return".

His agent said that Stanton "is survived by family and friends who loved him". He performed at the funeral of another famous friend, writer Hunter S. Thompson.

In honor of the artist's legacy, here is a look at his three best performances.

In Alex Cox's satirical cult sensation Repo Man (1984), Stanton recruits a young punk rocker (Emilio Estevez) to seize cars, just like him. "Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: "Alien", "Paris Texas", "Repo Man"," in his tribute to the late great actor. It paid off. The film is a near-masterpiece and lot of the reason is Stanton. He also portrayed Molly Ringwald's father in "Pretty in Pink".

While fringe roles and films were a specialty, he also ended up in the work of numerous 20th century's master auteurs, even Alfred Hitchcock in the director's serial TV show.

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