"'Pretty in Pink" actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

US actor Harry Dean Stanton of 'Alien', 'Godfather II' and 'Twin Peaks' fame dies aged 91

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

Actor/musician Harry Dean Stanton died peacefully today, TMZ reports, at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He played the role of Brett in Ridley Scott's sci-fi classic "Alien".

LOS ANGELES | For more than 60 years, Harry Dean Stanton played crooks and codgers, eccentrics and losers.

Stanton played a man reconnecting with his family after being presumably lost for four years, and earned critical attention immediately.

"We had always hoped to celebrate this film and Harry's attractive performance with Harry himself", read a note posted to Twitter from the Lucky film's Twitter account. Subsequently, it offers characters that are more consistent as in Luke the cold hand (1967), alongside Paul Newman.

"After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up", he told Entertainment Weekly. Stanton played a tortured man desperately struggling to deal with his past, and for much of the film he manages to speak volumes without saying a single word. The movie won awards, and Stanton's performance was lauded.

Harry Dean Stanton was born on July 14, 1926, in West Irvine, Ky., a small tobacco-growing community.

He returned as Rodd in the recent "Twin Peaks: The Return". He performed at the funeral of another famous friend, writer Hunter S. Thompson. All honored his legacy and his demeanor that made him seem bursting with life. 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.

After the success of "Paris, Texas", more notable roles followed for Stanton.

Lucky isn't just a supporting role for Stanton, but a major leading position. You feel this character has lived a lifetime. Stanton was the Repo Man, Bud, schooling young Emilio Estevez's character, Otto. Stanton died less than two months after Shepard, a playwright, 73-year-old with whom he had a close relationship.

Twin Peaks creator David Lynch, who cast Stanton in his films The Straight Story, Inland Empire and Wild at Heart, among others, said: "There's nobody like Harry Dean".

"There went a great one". "Everyone loved him, and with good reason". Stanton revealed to the New York Times, "I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing. (...) You'll really miss us", he wrote in a statement. "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"

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