Harry Dean Stanton Dies: Big-Screen Veteran & 'Big Love' Patriarch Was 91

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Legendary character actor Harry Dean Stanton of "The Godfather: Part II" and "Pretty in Pink" has died. Of course (spoiler alert) Stanton gets eaten by the Alien monster, and that's the way it was until 1984, when he starred in Paris, Texas and the cult classic Repo Man.

Star Wars actor Mark Hamill and Twin Peaks creator David Lynch are among the stars who have paid tribute to actor Harry Dean Stanton, who has died aged 91. If you need a better idea of how great Stanton was at his job, film critic Roger Ebert once said, "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad". Stanton was a genuinely good man and an actor who put in the work and got the job done with terrific results.

Not many actors can disappear into a character quite like Stanton could.

"Paris, Texas" stars Stanton as a wanderer with amnesia who finds and reconnects with his family.

Stanton continued to work steadily through the 1990s and 2000s, averaging two or three films a year - of variable quality, it has to be admitted.

Since 2011, the Kentucky city of Lexington each year has hosted a Harry Dean Stanton Festival.

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By his mid-80s, the Lexington Film League in his native Kentucky had founded the Harry Dean Stanton Fest and filmmaker Sophie Huber had made the documentary "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction", which included commentary from Wenders, Sam Shepard and Kristofferson. There's nobody like Harry Dean.

Despite over 150 television and film appearances spanning six decades, including roles in the Alien, The Green Mile, Pretty in Pink and The Avengers, Stanton was not a household name - though his weathered, drooping face is instantly recognisable.

"Our hearts go out to all who knew him, all who loved him, and his fans the world over. Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"

Among his final roles, he played Sheriff Lloyd in Frank and Ava, which is now in post-production, and Carl Rodd on the reboot of the TV series Twin Peaks. But again, that's just one of many memorable turns in the career of this living legend.

For many years, Stanton played lesser-billed characters. "Then he says, 'But I don't want you to do anything".

Director and actor Samuel West tweeted: "Harry Dean Stanton in PARIS, TEXAS".