Harry Dean Stanton dies, aged 91

  • 16/09/2017
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23:  (EDITOR'S NOTE: Image has been processed using digital filters) Harry Dean Stanton attends Vidiots Foundation Presents The Harry Dean Stanton Award at The Theatre at Ace Hotel on October 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images)
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Twin Peaks actor Harry Dean Stanton has died, aged 91.

With scruffy looks and an off-beat demeanour, Stanton was a favourite of directors seeking a character actor to add eccentricity or melancholy to the screen.

Appearing in more than 70 movies and many television shows, Stanton’s credits included Repo Man and Paris, Texas. But perhaps most notably, he was known as Carl Rodd in David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.

In a career spanning 60 years, Stanton’s roles were not always big, but they were meaningful and could add a special quirk or flavour to any film.

Sometimes he said very little in his roles. But with a long, craggy face highlighted by unkempt hair and sad, droopy eyes, Stanton had a strong physical presence and made a point of not overacting.

Stanton worked with many of Hollywood’s most notable directors in his time, including Frances Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, and Ridley Scott.

Stanton’s final on-screen role can be seen in the upcoming film Lucky.

The actor died peacefully at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Saturday, his agent John Kelly said in a statement.