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The veteran character actor died yesterday at the age of 91, with his agent confirming he passed away peacefully at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!". But Independent and cult movie roles followed, with many other actors citing Harry Dean Stanton as a favourite to act with. Stanton is best known for his role as the polygamist leader in HBO's Big Love and as Andy's out-of-work father in Pretty in Pink.

But he didn't play a leading man until he was 54, when he was cast by Wim Wenders in 1984's critically acclaimed Paris, Texas. Stanton would later become a favorite of director David Lynch, appearing in several of his films and making one of his last appearances as the haunted Carl Rodd, proprietor of the Fat Trout Trailer Park in Twin Peaks.

A statement from the filmmakers following his death said, "We lost a legend today with the passing of Harry Dean Stanton".

Stanton, who right off the bat in his vocation utilized the name Dean Stanton to stay away from perplexity with another performing artist, experienced childhood in West Irvine, Kentucky and said he started singing when he was a year old.

"As a person, Harry Dean is just so handsome". It was just the beginning of a run in the 1980s when Stanton would take more prominent roles in some staple films of the 1980s. Stanton, born in 1926 in Virginia, served in the Navy during WWII and fought in the Battle of Okinawa. He had a terribly memorable role in "The Green Mile", the Frank Darabont adaptation of the Stephen King novel, in which Stanton played a quirky inmate who acted as the condemned prisoner for dry runs of executions by electric chair. "I don't act like their father, I act like their friend", he once told NY magazine.

Horror film director John Carpenter, who directed the actor in "Escape From New York", tweeted, "Harry Dean Stanton was a wonderful man, kind and full of humor".

Early on in his career, Stanton was often picked up to play intimidating crooks or ill-tempered sidekicks on television shows like Bat Masterson, Johnny Ringo, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, and U.S. Marshal.

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.

Stanton never married, although he had a long relationship with actress Rebecca De Mornay, 35 years his junior.