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Harry Dean Stan­ton, the craggy-face char­ac­ter ac­tor with the dead­pan voice who be­came a cult favourite through his turns in Paris, Texas, Repo Man and many other films and TV shows, died Friday. He was 91.

Stan­ton died of nat­u­ral causes in Los An­ge­les, said his agent John S. Kelly.

Never mis­taken for a lead­ing man, Stan­ton was an un­for­get­table pres­ence to movie­go­ers, fel­low ac­tors and direc­tors, who rec­og­nized that his quirky char­ac­ter­i­za­tions could lift the most or­di­nary script.

He was widely loved in Hol­ly­wood — a drinker, smoker and straight talker with a mil­lion sto­ries who hung out with Jack Ni­chol­son and Kris Kristof­fer­son among oth­ers, and was a hero to younger stars like Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez.

Stan­ton never mar­ried, al­though he had a long re­la­tion­ship with ac­tress Re­becca De Mor­nay.

Harry Dean Stan­ton

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