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Harry Dean Stanton of Alien and Twin Peaks Fame Dies

17 September 2017

Stanton is one of the finest character actors, gaining acclaim from some of the most respected actors and always mentioned as a talent to be admired in Hollywood.

Director Lynch will be familiar to movie fans for his acting roles - he played Arthur Leigh Allen in Zodiac, Norm Gunderson in Fargo, Twisty the Clown in American Horror Story, and a whole host of other classics.

The personality fit into the visions of a diverse array of some of the 20th century's most creative directors, including Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, John Hughes, Martin Scorsese, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch. He later told the Los Angeles Times he was "finally playing the part I wanted to play". He came from a musical family and said that he was at one point faced with the decision of pursuing a career as a singer or an actor.

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He appeared in Ridley Scott's Alien as a Nostromo crew member, and continued to make waves in John Carpenter's Escape From New York and Repo Man directed by Alex Cox.

Stanton, who right off the bat in his vocation utilized the name Dean Stanton to stay away from perplexity with another performing artist, experienced childhood in West Irvine, Kentucky and said he started singing when he was a year old.

The star's final performance will be in Lucky, which is set to air later this month.

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He brought his craggy, gaunt presence to small parts in films like "Alien", "Pretty in Pink", and "The Godfather Part II" and had leading roles in the movies "Paris, Texas" and "Repo Man". In "Partly Fiction", when Lynch asked him how he would like to be remembered, Stanton replied: "It doesn't matter". "There's nobody like Harry Dean", Lynch said Friday evening, joining a chorus of praise for the actor.

Harry Dean Stanton has spent a lifetime in show-business. "I loved directing him and I will miss him".

Stanton was great pals with actor Jack Nicholson, and they roomed together in a Laurel Canyon house on Skyline Drive in the early 1960s. 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. After that, he studied journalism, only to drop out and beging acting classes in the Pasadena Playhouse in 1949.

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Stanton also found his way into a key role in a hit TV series, HBO's "Big Love".

Harry Dean Stanton of Alien and Twin Peaks Fame Dies