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Harry Dean Stanton dies

Harry Dean Stanton dies

Everyone loved him. And with good reason.

However, Stanton's weatherbeaten visage and anti-heroic mien suited 70s cinema and the rise of the Hollywood new wave, and his roles slowly increased in significance.

Stanton has participated in more than 70 films and several or television series, including Twin Peaks, David Lynch.

The quintessentially American actor was hired by such famed directors as Francis Ford Coppola (1974's The Godfather: Part II), John Huston (1979's Wise Blood), Robert Altman (1985's Fool for Love), Martin Scorsese (1988's The Last Temptation of Christ), John Frankenheimer (1990's The Fourth War) and Frank Darabont (1999's The Green Mile). There's nobody like Harry Dean.

The film's director, John Carroll Lynch, said he had "the honour to watch over Harry's final performance in intimate, exquisite detail". The two most recently worked together on the Twin Peaks revival, and previously teamed up for Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, the 1993 miniseries Hotel Room, The Straight Story, and Inland Empire. Occasionally you would hear Stanton sing; music was his other love - he sang and played harmonica onstage and off.

"Repo Man", released that same year, became another signature film: Stanton starred as the world-weary boss of an auto repossession firm who instructs Emilio Estevez in the tricks of the hazardous trade.

Stanton has been honored with the annual Harry Dean Stanton Film Festival in Lexington, Kentucky. "May you rest in peace".

Dean later said: "After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up". He redefined acting for me. His skills as an actor came to be so well-regarded that the powerful film critic Roger Ebert once reportedly said, "No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton can be altogether bad".

Stanton was the subject of a 2012 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction in which he described his spirituality this way: "I'm big into Eastern concepts".

Want more stuff like this? I remember just thinking, 'How is he doing this? He was also very upset when he discovered, on location in Oklahoma, that the character was a gay hitchhiker. Actually, he was so pissed off, he nearly quit.

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He died peacefully at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles after working for more than 60 years in Hollywood.