Veteran actor Harry Dean Stanton passed away from natural causes earlier today, as reported by multiple sources including THR. He was 91 years old.
The news comes courtesy of Stanton’s agent, John Kelly, who revealed that the actor passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles this afternoon. An acclaimed character actor who was rarely the lead, had built a rather impressive career out of his works on such projects such as Twin Peaks, Alien, and HBO’s Big Love where he played the role of Roman Grant, a self-proclaimed Mormon prophet. He also made a small cameo in 2012’s The Avengers as a security guard.
Stanton began his on-screen career back in 1954 with a role in an episode of the television series, Inner Sanctum, as a character named Andrew. That part would serve as a stepping stone for a long-lasting career that would continue well into 2017, including a return to the cult classic Twin Peaks, where the actor re-teamed with frequent collaborator David Lynch in this year’s revival on Showtime.
Following the news of his death, Lynch released a statement calling Stanton not only a great actor, but also a “great human being.”
“There went a great one. There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) – and a great human being – so great to be around him!!! You are really going to be missed Harry Dean!!! Loads of love to you wherever you are now!!!”
Showtime’s Twin Peaks revival recently concluded its third season, with no plans to bring it back for yet another season. Those eager to delve into more of Stanton’s work, however, will be able to catch him in Lucky, which will hit theaters on Sept. 29.
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