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Published: Sun, September 17, 2017
Culture | By Antonia Gonzales

Twitter reacts to the passing of cinematic legend Harry Dean Stanton

Twitter reacts to the passing of cinematic legend Harry Dean Stanton

Hollywood is mourning the loss of beloved character actor Harry Dean Stanton.

TMZ reports that the actor passed away on Friday afternoon in Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles.

Stanton's career spanned more than 50 years in such films as Alien, Wild at Heart, Escape from New York, Pretty in Pink, Red Dawn, and Wim Wenders' iconic and enduring masterpiece, Paris, Texas.

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. "Loads of love to wherever you are now!"

Actor Harry Dean Stanton was cast in supporting roles for decades, and his weather-beaten face became a fixture on-screen for more than a half-century.

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

Screenwriter Sam Shepard, had met Harry Dean Stanton in a bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Ultimately, Stanton decided it was "too much work" to be a leading man.

"Harry is a walking contradiction", Sophie Huber, who directed the 2012 documentary Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, said in a 2013 interview with The Guardian.

Born in 1926 in rural Kentucky as the son of a tobacco farmer and barber Sheridan Harry Stanton and Ersel, he harboured a desire to become a singer or an actor from an earlier age.

He began to appear in TV roles before winning a part in his first major film, Cool Hand Luke, in 1967. He later told the Los Angeles Times he was "finally playing the part I wanted to play".

Hamill posted a black and white photograph of Stanton on Twitter, writing alongside it: "Sad to say goodbye to the incomparable Harry Dean Stanton - so profoundly authentic in every role he inhabited".

Stanton's first broadcast appearance was in 1954 on an episode of the NBC show "Inner Sanctum".

His long body of work earned him a legion of fans, including some in his home state, who hold an annual Harry Dean Stanton Fest in his honor.

He additionally stars with Lynch in the up and coming movie "Fortunate", the directorial presentation of performing artist John Carroll Lynch, which has been depicted as an affection letter to Stanton's life and vocation.

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