'Twin Peaks' actor Harry Dean Stanton has died, aged 91

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Actor Harry Dean Stanton died in Los Angeles Friday at age 91.

Stanton was a prolific character actor who appeared in films as diverse as Repo Man, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and Alien.

Stanton died of natural causes at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Friday.

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The actor was most recently seen in the series revival of David Lynch's Twin Peaks, after also appearing in the director's 1992 Twin Peaks follow-up Fire Walk With Me. "I thought if I could be an actor, I could do all of it", the Twin Peaks actor said during one of his interviews for the documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland. Directed him in Wild at heart, Inland Empire and The Straight Story, response of filmmaker at critics who claimed that Lynch could not tell a story in a simple way.

In his early years, he went by the name Dean Stanton because there was another actor named Harry Stanton.

According to Stanton's agent, the late actor "is survived by family and friends who loved him". You are really going to be missed Harry Dean! Andie's dad tried, he really did, and Stanton was just so honest in this role you couldn't help but want to hug him a million times over even when his daughter was having an angsty moment.

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"Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor". He first big-screen gig was the 1957 Western Tomahawk Trail and would work steadily after that for the next 60 years.

Do you recall seeing Harry Dean Stanton in a movie? "Can't imagine telling him to rest", tweeted director Joss Whedon after the news broke.

After Navy service in the Pacific during World War II, he spent three years at the University of Kentucky and appeared in several plays. "Loads of love to wherever you are now!" He played the role of Brett in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Alien".

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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. Whether it was an awe-inspiring lead role, such as in "Paris, Texas", or an unforgettable bit part, such as in "The Green Mile", Stanton always provided films with an influx of captivating acting, and film enthusiasts will never forget him for that. Stanton is best known for his role as the polygamist leader in HBO's Big Love and as Andy's out-of-work father in Pretty in Pink.

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