Harry Dean Stanton, the actor, died at the age of 91

Harry Dean Stanton, the actor, died at the age of 91

Harry Dean Stanton, an iconic American character actor known for his roles in "Godfather II", "Alien", "Pretty In Pink" and many more, sadly passed away Friday afternoon.

Stanton died Friday of common causes at a Los Angeles healing facility at age 91, his operator John S. Kelley said.

We'll miss you. "wrote the film director David Lynch on Twitter in tribute to his friend that he had found on the set of Twin Peaks this year".

Gangster seedy in The Offender, New York 1997, mechanic grumpy in Alien, the eighth passenger, fake evangelist in The Malin, FBI agent in The Godfather II: with his figure skinny and his mouth fake hard, Harry Dean Stanton played the key supporting roles of almost all of the big shots of Hollywood.

The Kentucky native had memorable roles in films such as Alien (1979), Paris, Texas (1984), Repo Man (1984) and Pretty in Pink (1986).

The starring role parallels Stanton's own life, according to Kelly. "Everyone loved him", he said.

We remember the life and career of Harry Dean Stanton below.

Stanton made his big screen debut in 1957's "Tomahawk Trail" and appeared in the 1959 Gregory Peck war film "Pork Chop Hill".

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The late faultfinder Roger Ebert once said no motion picture can be through and through terrible in the event that it incorporates Stanton in a supporting part, and the wide clique of fans that included chiefs and his kindred on-screen characters felt the same.

"After all these years, I finally got the part I wanted to play", Stanton once said.

His big break came in 1984 when he was cast in Wim Wenders' film Paris, Texas.

This year's festival is slated for later this month and will show "Lucky", where Stanton plays the titular role alongside Lynch.

"I could have been a writer", he told an interviewer for a 2011 documentary, "Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland", in which he sings and plays the harmonica.

Born July 24, 1926, in West Irvine, Kentucky, Stanton grew up singing and faced an early decision between music and acting.

More recently, he appeared in The Avengers (2012), Seven Psychopaths (2012) and Lucky - in theaters September 29 - and on the series Getting On at HBO.

He said he could have been a director himself but "it was too much work". Deborah Harry, whom he also dated, recorded a 1989 song for him, "I Want That Man".