Char­ac­ter ac­tor Harry Dean Stan­ton dies at 91

The Standard Journal - - LOCAL - By Lind­sey Bahr As­so­ciated Press Film Writer

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

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