Character actor Harry Dean Stanton has died at age 91, his agent John S. Kelly confirms to USA TODAY. He played Tramp in Cool Hand Luke and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in The Godfather Part II, before scoring one of his best known roles as engineering tech Alien in Ridley Scott's Alien in 1979, followed by films like Escape from NY.
Stanton was the subject of a 2012 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction in which he described his spirituality this way: "I'm big into Eastern concepts. Loads of love to you wherever you are now!"
Every once in a while he was cast as a normal guy - he played Molly Ringwald's father in Pretty in Pink - but that was about it. Stanton was in six David Lynch movies and played the polygamist cult leader Roman Grant on HBO's Big Love.
And in many cult independent movies such as Two-Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter, Escape from New York, Repo Man, before appearing in perhaps his greatest role, starring in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas in 1984.
"Stanton has long inhabited the darker corners of American noir, with his lean face and hungry eyes, and here he creates a sad poetry", wrote the late movie critic Roger Ebert for The Chicago Sun-Times.
At the point when given an uncommon turn as a main man, Stanton more than took advantage of it. I had a motorcycle in my living room, and he got on and straddled it like he was all of 18 years old.
Stanton's first broadcast appearance was in 1954 on an episode of the NBC show "Inner Sanctum".
Along with his acting career, Stanton was a talented musician who sang and played guitar in the Harry Dean Stanton Band. Stanton began his career on classic TV shows like The Fugitive, The Untouchables and Bonanza, and in his nineties was still playing the same kinds of bit parts in movies and TV shows watched by the grand-children of the folks who first saw him perform and became aware of his presence.
Aside from acting, he was in the Navy during World War II and fought in the Battle of Okinawa.
It was less than a month ago when #Harry Dean Stanton appeared in an episode of "Twin Peaks" as Carl Rodd, the owner of Fat Trout Trailer Park. I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity.