Veteran Character Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91

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Character actor Harry Dean Stanton passed away on Friday (Sept. 15) at Cedars-Senai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He died of natural causes.

Working up until his death, Stanton starred in films such as Repo Man, Pretty in Pink, Cool Hand Luke and The Godfather II.

He made a name for himself in his late 50' in the role of Travis Henderson in the 1984 film Paris, Texas The film won multiple awards at the Cannes Film Festival, including the esteemed Palm d'Or.

More recently Stanton has appeared in the return of Twin Peaks. Stanton reprised his character from the series prequel film Fire Walk With Me. He also starred The Avengers and The Last Stand, as well as the TV show Two and a half Men.

In 2011, Stanton's hometown of Lexington, Ky. began celebrating the actor's career with the annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest. The festival uses different venues in the downtown area for screenings and speakers in his honor.

He was also the subject of a documentary by director Sophie Huber. Her tribute documents his extraordinary career and features commentary by friends Wim Wenders, Sam Shepard and Kris Kristofferson.

Stanton was a lifelong bachelor. His most faithful relationship was with the entertainment industry creating characters with tortured souls. Stanton appears in more than 150 films and TV shows. He leaves behind an on-screen legacy of more than 60 years.

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Veteran Character Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies at 91