This is another tough one folks and we’ve already lost so many this year. We are sad to report that iconic character actor Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at the age of 91!
It is being reported that Stanton died of natural causes.
The actor who had the gaunt, bedraggled face, worked in Hollywood since the 1950’s in many different types of roles. He labored in virtual obscurity until he gained notoriety in 1984’s Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders.
He was known for his roles not only in Paris, Texas but also Twin Peaks, Pretty In Pink, Repo Man, Escape From New York and Alien.
Stanton was born in West Irvine, Ky. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he attended the University of Kentucky, studying journalism and radio, and performing in Pygmalion. He then pursued an interest in acting by heading to California to study at the Pasadena Playhouse.
He made his small-screen debut in 1954 in an episode of the NBC show Inner Sanctum. In another early TV role, he was directed by Alfred Hitchcock in an episode of Suspicion called Four O’Clock. On the big screen, Stanton’s earliest, mostly uncredited work was in Westerns and war pics, debuting in 1957’s Tomahawk Trail and appearing in 1959 Gregory Peck-starrer Pork Chop Hill.
Genre fans will forever know him from his roles in Alien, John Carpenter’s Escape From New York, John Carpenter’s Christine, Stranger In The House, Twin Peaks, The Green Mile.
His forays into our beloved genre for television include the recent Twin Peaks, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Inner Sanctum.
We have lost one of our greatest character actors ever! His work will never be matched in Hollywood but his legacy will be with us forever.
All of us at Horror Patch wish to send our deepest condolences to Harry Dean Stanton’s family and friends.