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Harry Dean Stanton dead: Legendary character actor dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton dead: Legendary character actor dies at 91

"Baby Driver" director Edgar Wright also shared a still of Stanton from "Repo Man" with the caption, "RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton".

Stanton had a long road to stardom as an actor, appearing in many uncredited roles, primarily in westerns, before he hit it big.

Director Lynch will be familiar to movie fans for his acting roles - he played Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac, Norm Gunderson in Fargo, Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story, and a whole host of other classics.

Harry was born July 14, 1926, in Irvine, Kentucky. "Well, I realized early on that if I became an actor, I could play a writer and a sculptor and a painter and be all the things you just don't have time to be in your lifetime".

Celebrities mourned his passing, with Lynch saying that there was no one like Stanton. In Wim Wenders' 1984 rural drama "Paris, Texas", Stanton's near-wordless performance is laced with moments of humor and poignancy. In addition to his acting career, he led his own eclectic band called the Harry Dean Stanton Band, and would often play weekly gigs in L.A. clubs.

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Last year, Lynch presented Stanton with the "Harry Dean Stanton Award" - the inaugural award from the Los Angeles video store Vidiots presented first to its namesake. He played Tramp in Cool Hand Luke and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in The Godfather Part II, before scoring one of his best known roles as engineering tech Alien in Ridley Scott's Alien in 1979, followed by films like Escape from NY. You are really going to be missed Harry Dean! "Everyone loved him, and with good reason".

Harry Dean Stanton was shining as the first plan.

As a young man, he also served in World War II in the United States Navy, and was a cook aboard an LST ship during the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Deborah Harry, whom he also dated, recorded a 1989 song for him, "I Want That Man". Stanton even had a thankless role in The Godfather Part II as FBI Man #1, a character he would reprise in The Godfather: A Novel for Television in 1977. He studied journalism and radio at the University of Kentucky before moving to California to ideal his craft at the Pasadena Playhouse.

His most memorable credits included Alien, 1984's Paris, Texas, which featured Nastassja Kinski as his wife, and the TV show Big Love. Stanton's ex-cowboy Lucky is the core of the film, a lifelong smoker - not dissimilar to Stanton himself - who is shaken to pursue something greater after an accident.