Ac­tor Stanton dies

Sunday Star-Times - - WORLD -

Harry Dean Stanton, the crag­gy­faced Amer­i­can char­ac­ter ac­tor who for decades filled mem­o­rable and of­ten ec­cen­tric roles, in­clud­ing a pris­oner in Cool Hand Luke and a creepy po­lyg­a­mist prophet in Big Love, has died. He was 91. Stanton died yes­ter­day at Cedars-Si­nai Hos­pi­tal in Los Angeles of nat­u­ral causes, said his agent. Born in Ken­tucky, Stanton headed west af­ter serv­ing in the United States Navy dur­ing World War II and broke into act­ing at the Pasadena Play­house. His ca­reer, and his cred­its, were sweep­ing, and in­cluded Es­cape from New York, Paris, Texas, Pretty in Pink and Repo Man. Stanton had a fond­ness for di­rec­tor David Lynch, and Lynch had a fond­ness for him, cast­ing him in Wild At Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me and the re­cent re­boot Twin Peaks: The Re­turn. Stanton never mar­ried, though he had a long re­la­tion­ship with ac­tress Re­becca De Mor­nay.

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