Harry Dean Stanton, the character actor with over 190 acting credits to his name, passed away on Sept. 15, 2017. He was 91 years old.
Stanton is well-known for his wide acting range and for often playing eccentric characters. He began his career all the way back in the 1950s, and has played such memorable characters as Brett in Alien, Bud in Repo Man and Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks. He also appeared in The Godfather: Part II, Escape from New York, Red Dawn, Pretty in Pink, The Green Mile and The Avengers.
Stanton’s final performance can be seen in Lucky — a film being released in the next couple of weeks and is about an aging atheist living in a small desert town. The film is directed by John Carroll Lynch (that’s right, Twisty the Clown himself) and has already picked up some Oscar-buzz for Stanton’s performance.
Watch the trailer for Lucky here:
Stanton also fought in the Navy during World War II. Besides acting, he also doubled as a musician and a singer. His band — The Harry Dean Stanton Band — would often perform at various night clubs.
Fans expressed their admiration for Stanton’s work on Twitter:
— The Daily Jaws (@thedailyjaws) September 16, 2017
— Twin Peaks (@SHO_TwinPeaks) September 15, 2017
— Kate Horgan (@katehorgan) September 17, 2017
"You want people to feel something when you tell a story, whether they feel happy or whether they feel sad." Harry Dean Stanton pic.twitter.com/cPX9ZB3woL
— Twin Peaks Scotia (@TwinPeaksScotia) September 17, 2017
Stanton never married, but is survived by some family.
What’s your favorite Harry Dean Stanton role? There’s a lot to chose from, but he was great in nearly everything he appeared in. Let us know in the comments below.