Actor Harry Dean Stanton was cast in supporting roles for decades, and his weather-beaten face became a fixture on-screen for more than a half-century. He became a fixture in Westerns and low-budget films, developing into a scene-stealing presence alongside the likes of Jack Nicholson, Marlon Brando and Kris Kristofferson. He redefined acting for me.
It was said they were such good pals that Nicholson used to find a way to sneak Stanton's initials into every film he made.
Stanton also appeared in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather: Part II" and David Lynch's "Wild at Heart".
Many may remember the actor from the Ridley Scott-directed Alien, John Carpenter's Escape From New York, Alex Cox's cult sensation Repo Man, or John Hughes' Pretty in Pink in 1986. 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.
Stanton amassed almost 200 acting credits, according to the Internet Movie Database.
The film won the grand prize at the Cannes Film Festival and provided the actor with his first star billing, at age 58.
His legend would only grow.
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.
When Stanton wasn't acting, he sang and played guitar in a Tex-Mex band that played around Los Angeles, according to the Hollywood Reporter. He's got this easygoing nature.
'You are really going to be missed Harry Dean!
The Hollywood Reporter confirms that Stanton passed away due to natural causes.
A 91-year-old actor leaving a great career behind him, his filmography has no less than 250 projects.
He had his first leading role in "Paris, Texas", playing a drifter trying to reconnect with family and friends.
Ebert later conceded that "Dream A Little Dream Of Me", a 1989 film starring Corey Haim and Corey Feldman that featured Stanton as a philosophical neighbor was a clear exception.
Born in Kentucky, Stanton served in the US Navy during World War II, fighting in the Battle of Okinawa. He was attacked in his home in 1996 by two robbers who forced their way in, tied him up at gunpoint, beat him, ransacked the house and fled in his Lexus.
Despite a number of relationships, notably with Rebecca DeMornay in the early 1980s, Stanton never married, and is not known to have had any children.