Earlier today we reported the sad news that Harry Dean Stanton had passed away, aged 91.
His agent confirmed that he died of natural causes at the Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.
After a two decade long career of small film appearances, Stanton eventually got his big break in a leading role as in 1984’s ‘Paris, Texas’, at the age of 58.
He played Travis Henderson, a lost, dishevelled man who wanders around the desert, having seemingly no idea who he is.
Other roles include ‘Pretty In Pink’, ‘Repo Man’ and ‘Alien’, as well as his role as Carl Rodd in ‘Twin Peaks’.
Director David Lynch led the tributes, issuing a statement via HBO, saying: “There went a great one.”
— Twin Peaks on Showtime (@SHO_TwinPeaks) September 15, 2017
‘Twin Peaks’ co-creator Mark Frost tweeted: “Goodnight, Harry. Follow the light. It’s right there waiting for you.”
Goodnight, Harry. Follow the light. It's right there waiting for you.#HarryDeanStanton
— Mark Frost (@mfrost11) September 16, 2017
Stanton’s ‘Twin Peaks’ co-stars Mädchen Amick and Sky Ferreira both posted touching musical video tributes to the actor.
Amick worked with Stanton on ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’, and both actresses worked with him on the 2017 revival series.
Ferreira called Stanton her “favourite actor and favourite existence”. She’d previously spoken of her excitement at meeting him on the set of ‘Twin Peaks’.
— Mädchen Amick (@madchenamick) September 16, 2017
Jon Cryer starred with Stanton in classic 80s teen film ‘Pretty in Pink’, with Stanton playing the father of a girl Cryer’s character has a crush on.
The actor posted a picture of the pair on set with the caption: “It was an honour, man.”
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) September 15, 2017
Actor Ed Begley Jr has been friends with Stanton since the 70s, and they worked on several projects together, including the upcoming ‘Lucky’, which is due for UK release on October 9.
Just lost my friend of the past 45 years. Harry Dean Stanton. My heart is broken, but at 91…a life well lived.
— Ed Begley, Jr. (@edbegleyjr) September 16, 2017
Shawn Doyle worked with the actor on ‘Big Love’, and described his acting as: “friggin’ compelling”.
You could watch him on set say a line as simple as "hello", and be mystified by why it was so friggin compelling. #RIPHarryDeanStanton
— Shawn Doyle (@Shawndoyle) September 15, 2017
Director John Carpenter worked with Stanton on 80s sci-fi thriller ‘Escape From New York’, and called him: “a wonderful man, kind and full of humour.”
Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor. He was also a great actor. Goodbye, Harry Dean. Rest in peace.
— John Carpenter (@TheHorrorMaster) September 15, 2017
Actress Olivia Wilde worked with Stanton on 2006 drama ‘Alpha Dog’, and recalls that: “He wouldn’t leave a room without saying, ‘Love ya. Mean it.”
Harry Dean Stanton was the definition of cool. On Alpha Dog, he wouldn't leave a room w/o saying, "Love ya. Mean it." Such a great guy. RIP
— olivia wilde (@oliviawilde) September 15, 2017
The rest of the film world revealed their shock and sadness at the news.
— James Woods (@RealJamesWoods) September 15, 2017
RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: 'Alien', 'Paris Texas', 'Repo Man'. pic.twitter.com/tKglu0Bemv
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) September 15, 2017
Harry Dean Stanton had the best line in CHRISTINE: "I'm selling' this shithole and buyin' a condo." Rest in peace, HD. You were great.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) September 15, 2017
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) September 16, 2017
Condolences to the family of Harry Dean Stanton.
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) September 15, 2017
Harry Dean, singing to Spanish angels this morning. And on we go. May we find a way to give all the love he made us feel. #HarryDeanStanton
— Tim Robbins (@TimRobbins1) September 16, 2017
So long Harry Dean. Thank you for the gift of your films, your music & your being. God broke the mold on you. Rest In Peace. Poet. pic.twitter.com/dk9xnMcSRv
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 16, 2017
Oh Man! Another legend gone. Harry Dean Stanton. Coolest of the cool. Kelly's Heroes coolest war movie ever! Among many others.
— Stevie Van Zandt (@StevieVanZandt) September 15, 2017
Thank you for being our Prophet, Harry Dean Stanton.
With big love, HBO. pic.twitter.com/2WQJHPJw3b
— HBO (@HBO) September 16, 2017