Harry Dean Stanton has passed away at age of 91.The veteran actor, famed for his roles in Alien, The Godfather II and Twin Peaks, died ‘peacefully’ at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles on Friday afternoon.The star’s final performance will be in Lucky, which is set to air later this month. Stanton was born in West Irvine, Ky. After serving in the Navy during WWII, he attended University of Kentucky, studying journalism and radio.He then pursued an interest in acting by heading to California to study at Pasadena Playhouse.Stanton languished in obscurity as an actor for years until his big break came in 1984 when he was cast in Wim Wenders’ film Paris, Texas.At the age of 58 it was his first leading role and the movie became the darling of Cannes Film Festival, capturing the Palme d’Or.
Roger Ebert told ‘Stanton has long inhabited the darker corners of American noir, with his lean face and hungry eyes, and here he creates a sad poetry.’Stanton went on to act in Pretty In Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild At Heart, and Man Trouble with Jack Nicholson whom he considered a close friend.Stanton did not marry in his 91 years of life, claiming in an interview with Flavorwire that Tom Cruise ran off with his girlfriend Rebecca DeMornay in the 1980’s after they made Risky Business together. The private star seldom talked about his private life but had stated in past that he has ‘one or two children.’
His estimated net worth was $10 million dollars from his various film and TV roles. He was a regular on Big Love for 39 episodes spanning from 2006-2010. In addition to his film and TV work, he also performed as lead singer of The Harry Dean Stanton Band. In 2017 he reprised his role as Carl Rodd in the Showtime revival of the iconic series Twin Peaks which he originally starred in in 1992.