Character actor Harry Dean Stanton dies at 91
LOS ANGELES — Harry Dean Stanton, the shambling, craggy- face character actor with the deadpan voice who became a cult favorite through his memorable turns in “Paris, Texas,” “Repo Man” and many other films and TV shows, died Friday at age 91.
Stanton died of natural causes at CedarsSinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, his agent, John S. Kelly, told The Associated Press.
Kelly gave no further details on the cause.
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 even the most ordinary script. Roger Ebert once observed that no movie with Stanton in a supporting role “can be altogether bad.”
He was widely loved around Hollywood, a drinker and smoker and straight talker with a million stories who palled around with Jack Nicholson and Kris Kristofferson among others and was a hero to such younger stars and brothers-in-partying as Rob Lowe and Emilio Estevez. “I don’t act like their father, I act like their friend,” he once told New York magazine.
Nicholson so l i ked Stanton’s name that he would find a way to work his initials, HDS, into a camera shot.
Harry Dean Stanton