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You saw him in every film worth seeing in the last half century and heard his music, and it’s with great sadness that we report the death of Hollywood legend Harry Dean Stanton. He was 91. According to our friends at TMZ, Stanton died peacefully this afternoon at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles of natural causes, leaving behind a legacy that spans more than 60 years on screen and roles in over 100 films, including Repo Man, Cool Hand Luke, Paris, Texas, Alien, Wild at Heart and hit television series Twin Peaks.
In addition to a lengthy career in film, Stanton’s life included proud service to his country as a veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a cook aboard an LST during the Battle of Okinawa. A fiercely talented musician as well, Stanton could be found for several years performing with The Harry Dean Stanton Band playing guitar and singing, even appearing in music videos for Bob Dylan, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Ry Cooder and country star Dwight Yoakam.
Young HARRY DEAN STANTON.
Harry Dean served in WWII at the battle of Okinawa. pic.twitter.com/7RhnHqrK4D
— WILL McCRABB (@mccrabb_will) April 14, 2016
Respected by fans, colleagues and critics alike, Harry Dean Stanton’s presence is one that will be sorely missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his loved ones during this difficult time, and we wish Harry a peaceful rest.