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Hollywood Mourns Death of 'Legendary' Harry Dean Stanton

Hollywood Mourns Death of 'Legendary' Harry Dean Stanton

He played Tramp in Cool Hand Luke and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in The Godfather Part II, before scoring one of his best known roles as engineering tech Alien in Ridley Scott's Alien in 1979, followed by films like Escape from NY.

Stanton has been a staple on the big and small screens for seven decades. Loads of love to you wherever you are now!' Stanton was a veteran character actor who starred in over 200 movies and television series. In 2006, Stanton took a prominent TV role on the HBO drama "Big Love", playing the megalomaniacal leader of a polygamous sect.

Stanton's greatest acting achievement, however, may have been his role in the film "Paris, Texas", a Palme d'Or victor at the Cannes Film Festival directed by German film legend Wim Wenders. He also stars with Lynch in the upcoming film "Lucky", the directorial debut of actor John Carroll Lynch, which has been described as a love letter to Stanton's life and career.

Harry Dean Stanton plays opposite Molly Ringwald in 1986's "Pretty in Pink".

"He played particular roles and was a natural in them", said Mills, who recalled how feeble Stanton was when he appeared at the Lexington festival in 2014 with actress Michelle Phillips. In the film, Stanton stars as a 90-year-old atheist seeking enlightenment. That's Stanton, in his first lead role - at age 58.

Stanton appeared in supporting TV and film roles throughout the 1950s and 1960s, including "Gunsmoke", "Bonanza", and "The Untouchables". Lynch paid tribute to the actor on Friday, posting a photo of his pal on the Twin Peaks: The Return set and writing: "The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us". "It's one of those actors who knows that his face is part of story", said novelist and actor at Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012).

The film's director, John Carroll Lynch, said he had "the honour to watch over Harry's final performance in intimate, exquisite detail".

Hamill posted a black and white photograph of Stanton on Twitter, writing alongside it: "Sad to say goodbye to the incomparable Harry Dean Stanton - so profoundly authentic in every role he inhabited".

Stanton never married, although he has claimed in the past to have "one or two children".

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