Cult ac­tor Stan­ton dies, 91

Sunday Herald Sun - - News -

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.

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