The weekend begins with sad news today, as it has been confirmed that Harry Dean Stanton passed away yesterday in Los Angeles.
The renowned character actor and musician had a career that spanned 6 decades, consisting of memorable supporting roles of offbeat characters. He found mainstream success in the 80’s, following his breakthrough performance as Travis, the lead in Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas. Which was incidentally a role offered to him by the screenwriter of the film, Sam Shepard – who also unfortunately passed away earlier this year.
Tributes from many colleagues and fans were posted on Twitter following the news of Stanton’s passing…
— Twin Peaks (@SHO_TwinPeaks) September 15, 2017
The Alien family mourns the loss of Harry Dean Stanton. May you rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/iAw2VcK2Uw
— Alien: Covenant (@AlienAnthology) September 16, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton was basically the Zelig of modern cinema turning up in The Godfather, Straight Time, Alien, Escape From New York… pic.twitter.com/M63xnHwcc1
— Tom Reagan's Hat (@andymannion777) September 16, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton was the definition of cool. On Alpha Dog, he wouldn't leave a room w/o saying, "Love ya. Mean it." Such a great guy. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) September 15, 2017
Twin Peaks star Madchen Amick also posted this rather beautiful video of Harry Dean Stanton singing, during the show’s production of the third season.
— Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) September 16, 2017
In recent years he found a resurgence following appearances in TV shows such as HBO’s Big Love and Two & A Half Men, and cameos in the films Seven Psychopaths and The Avengers. Culminating in a much praised reprisal of Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks – The Return.
The World War II Navy veteran’s is also notable for appearing in films such as, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Cool Hand Luke and Repo Man. One of his last completed works, Lucky, directed by John Carroll Lynch, scheduled for its UK premiere at the London Film Festival on October 9th. With some citing Stanton’s performance in the film as ‘career-defining’.