Cult actor Stanton dies, 91
HARRY Dean Stanton, the US actor with a gaunt, bedraggled look who laboured in near obscurity for decades until his breakthrough in the movie Paris, Texas, has died, aged 91.
Stanton was best known for his roles in hit film Pretty in Pink and cult classic Repo Man.
He also had a high-profile role as manipulative cult leader Roman Grant in TV drama Big Love, which ran from 2006-11, and recently appeared as Carl Rodd in the Twin Peaks revival.
His most recent film, Lucky, about an atheist who comes to terms with his own mortality, is scheduled for release later this month.
In 1984, when he turned 58, Stanton not only starred in Paris, Texas — his first role as leading man — but in Alex Cox’s offbeat Repo Man, which quickly built a cult following.
Paris, Texas, penned by Sam Shepard, was the darling of the Cannes Film Festival, capturing not only the Palme d’Or but several other juried awards as well.
Stanton was close friends with Jack Nicholson and was best man at Nicholson’s 1962 wedding.
They shared a house for more than two years after Nicholson’s divorce.
Stanton never married, although he said he had “one or two children”.
He died of natural causes yesterday in Los Angeles.