Harry Dean Stanton dead at 91

Character actor Harry Dean Stanton, who appeared in such movies as “Cool Hand Luke, ” “Kelly’s Heroes, ” “The Godfather Part II” and “Alien, ” has died at age 91, Fox News confirmed Friday.

Stanton passed away from natural causes at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

Before finding fame in Hollywood, the Kentucky native previously served in the Navy during World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. After his service, Stanton pursued acting on-stage in a University of Kentucky production of “Pygmalion.”

Once Stanton moved to Los Angeles to further seek his craft, he appeared in his first movie, “Tomahawk Trail, ” in 1957.

Stanton subsequently landed roles in numerous make movies, including “Cool Hand Luke, ” “The Godfather: Part II, ” and “The Missouri Breaks, ” which featured his lifelong friend Jack Nicholson.

Stanton’s film career continued to flourish in the’ 80 s with classics, such as “Escape from New York, ” “Paris, Texas, ” and “Pretty in Pink.”

In 1990, he played an ill-fated private investigator in “Wild at Heart, ” which was directed against David Lynch. The filmmaker went on to cast Stanton again in “Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me” in 1992 and “The Straight Story” in 1999.

Stanton didn’t only pursue movies subsequently in his lifetime. He also appeared in the hit HBO series “Big Love” for four seasons. His voice was also heard in the animated film “Rango, ” opposite Johnny Depp.

Stanton remained a running performer until the end. His last performance will be seen in the upcoming film “Lucky, ” which will be released Sept. 29.

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