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17 September 2017, 01:11 | Jermaine Blake
In Memoriam'Pretty in Pink Actor Harry Dean Stanton
Stanton is one of the finest character actors, gaining acclaim from some of the most respected actors and always mentioned as a talent to be admired in Hollywood.
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A lifelong bachelor, Stanton was born in Irvine on July 14, 1926.
He also appeared in films for a number of famously creative directors, including including Francis Ford Coppola, Wim Wenders, John Hughes, Martin Scorcese, Terry Gilliam and David Lynch. He redefined acting for me.
On behalf of 411, our condolences to the family, friends and fans of Mr. Stanton. With leading roles in the 1980s films Repo Man and Paris, Texas, he became something of a star and a cult favorite.
John Carpenter, who directed Stanton in Escape from NY, paid tribute to the actor, calling him "a wonderful man".
"There's nobody like Harry Dean". A statement from the filmmakers following his death said, "We lost a legend today with the passing of Harry Dean Stanton".
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His first movie roles came in the mid-1950s: an uncredited part in "The Wrong Man" and turns in "Tomahawk Trail" and "The Proud Rebel" as Dean Stanton.
He featured in classic movies such as Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II, Alien, Alpha Dog, Pretty in Pink, Stephen King's Christine and The Green Mile.
"I worked with the best directors", Stanton told the AP in a 2013 interview, given while chain-smoking in pajamas and a robe.
"Harry Dean exudes a spiritual awareness that's steeped in deep sadness, and it's so compelling to watch on film". He was a great actor (actually beyond great) - and a great human being - so great to be around him! And he was a World War II veteran, reportedly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Battle of Okinawa. On Thursday, the multitalented actor passed away in Los Angeles.
I shamefully admit that my first memories of Stanton are from Pretty in Pink, but what else would you expect from a girl who grew up during the '80s and '90s.
Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, describedStanton as "incomparable" while Lynch labelled him a "great one".
Stanton's more recent work includes playing polygamist patriarch Roman Grant in TV's "Big Love" and a voice role in animated feature "Rango" with Johnny Depp.
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