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RIP Harry Dean Stanton, of Twin Peaks and Alien, Dies at 91

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Born in Irvine, Kentucky, Harry Dean Stanton passed away yesterday at 91 years old. Stanton was known for his wide range of film and television credits over the years, ranging from everything including Twin Peaks to Alien. An official statement was released yesterday from Stanton's agent, who is purported to have passed away from natural causes at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center located in Los Angeles. 

Since the fifties, Stanton has amassed a wide variety of roles in movies and television. In the seventies, Stanton appeared in memorable scenes from films like "Cockfighter" and "Cisco Pike". Later, Stanton's roles ranged from the critically-acclaimed picture, "The Godfather Part II" to the teen romantic comedy, "Pretty in Pink". Stanton also made an impact with his role in the science-fiction thriller, "Alien" alongside Sigourney Weaver.

In terms of television, Stanton appeared on favorites like "Laverne & Shirley" and "Gunsmoke", and even with a cameo appearance in "Two and a Half Men". Stanton also made a guest appearance in Marvel's "Avengers". In case you need a refresher, Stanton played the role of a security guard who spoke with Bruce Banner / The Hulk in The Avengers.

Stanton was born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky. Later, Stanton served in the Navy during World War II, and then returned to pursue his studies at the University of Kentucky. Several years later, he made his way to Los Angeles and began to pursue a career in acting. Over the years, Stanton is well-remembered for his poignant performances in both "Paris, Texas" and "Repo Man" back in 1984. “Paris, Texas” was his first leading roles. “Stanton has long inhabited the darker corners of American noir, with his lean face and hungry eyes, and here he creates a sad poetry.” Roger Ebert said about his work.

Stanton's most recent project was "Lucky", which focuses on a story about an atheist, and will be released on September 29th. Stanton is survived by his family and close friends who loved him. May he rest in peace.

“The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us. 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!!!” David Lynch, the creator of Twin Peaks, wrote on Twitter about Stanton.


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