Cult movie legend, singer/guitarist and World War II navy veteran Harry Dean Stanton has died of natural causes at the age of 91. Stanton died on Friday 15 September in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles of natural causes.
Acting until his death, the fan favourite starred in over 200 films and TV shows with his breakthrough role coming in Wim Wenders’ 1984 Paris, Texas. Stanton’s first TV role came in 1954 in Inner Sanctum and his faim debut arrived three years later with the Western Tomahawk Trail.
Becoming a favourite of director David Lynch, Stanton appeared in the reboot of Twin Peaks reprising his role from the series’ movie spin-off Fire Walk with Me. His final film, Lucky, will be released on 29 September and will see him play the leading role as a nonagenarian atheist who must face up to his mortality in a middle American town.
A favourite of renowned film critic Roger Ebert, Stanton appeared in cult and indie classics such as Cool Hand Luke, Alien, Repo Man, Wild at Heart, The Green Mile as well as a host of others.
Tributes from celebrity film personalities have flooded in on various social media sites to remember Stanton’s unique acting style, characterised by his frequent portrayal of sensitivity and the lost soul.