Cult actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91

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Share this with EmaiShare > Image copyrightGETTY IMAGES > Image caption > Harry Dean Stanton, pictured in 2013 > Actor Harry Dean Stanton, known for his roles in films like The Godfather II, Alien and Cool Hand Luke, has died of natural causes at the age of 91. > The Kentucky-born star had a career which spanned more than six decades, appearing in dozens of films, including 1984’s Paris, Texas and Repo Man. > More recently, he appeared in the hit HBO show Big Love, and this year’s revival of the cult classic Twin Peaks. > Stanton’s last role was in Lucky – a film to be released later this month. > He died at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Friday, his agent John Kelly said in a statement. > He said Stanton was “beloved in the entertainment industry” and earned a reputation for his “meticulous preparation” and easygoing personality. > Twin Peaks creator David Lynch, who cast Stanton in his films The Straight Story, Inland Empire and Wild at Heart, among others, said: “There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) – and a great human being – so great to be around him!!!” > Skip Twitter post by @SHO_TwinPeaks > > Report > End of Twitter post by @SHO_TwinPeaks > John Carpenter, who directed Stanton in Escape from New York, paid tribute to the actor, calling him “a wonderful man”. > Skip Twitter post by @TheHorrorMaster > > Report > End of Twitter post by @TheHorrorMaster > Stanton had credited his close friend Jack Nicholson with giving him a key professional advice – “let the wardrobe do the acting and just play yourself”. > “After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up,” he told Entertainment Weekly. > Stanton was born in West Irvine in 1926 to a tobacco farmer father and a cook mother. > He was a cook on board a ship during the battle of Okinawa in 1945 during his US Navy service in World War Two. > He became interested in acting during his time studying at the University of Kentucky. > Stanton was also a musician and singer, performing regularly in Los Angeles.