"I figure all on-screen characters will concur, nobody gives a more fair, characteristic, more genuine execution than Harry Dean Stanton", chief David Lynch said in giving Stanton the Inaugural "Harry Dean Stanton Award" in Los Angeles a year ago.
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.
Through his acting credits, Stanton worked with some of the best in the business, most recently reprising his role as Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks: The Return.
Lynch echoed Cage's impressions of Stanton and said, "The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us". "It's one of those actors who knows that his face is part of story", said novelist and actor at Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction (2012). He was a great actor (actually beyond great) - and a great human being - so great to be around him!
Stanton never married but once told an interviewer he had "one, maybe two" sons.
"Repo Man", released that same year, became another signature film: Stanton starred as the world-weary boss of an auto repossession firm who instructs Estevez in the tricks of the hazardous trade.
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"There's nobody like Harry Dean", Lynch said in a statement.
"Harry, I've got this part for you".
Harry Dean Stanton has spent a lifetime in show-business.
Prior to becoming an actor, Stanton served in the Navy during World War II.
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". Occasionally you would hear Stanton sing; music was his other love - he sang and played harmonica onstage and off.
This year's festival is slated for later this month and will show "Lucky", where Stanton plays the titular role alongside Lynch. Expectedly, Hollywood was quick to mourn Stanton's passing and honor his legacy. "I don't want to deal with any consciousness afterward". He got his first big role in 1983 in the late Sam Shepard-written Paris, Texas and went on to accumulate a large wealth of varied and rich characters.