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'Twin Peaks' actor Harry Dean Stanton has died, aged 91

'Twin Peaks' actor Harry Dean Stanton has died, aged 91

Stanton's agent says he died at age 91 in Los Angeles on Friday.

He was a favourite of director David Lynch, working with him on films like "Inland Empire", "The Straight Story" and "Wild at Heart", as well as appearing in "Twin Peaks: Fire With Me" in 1992 as Carl Rodd, the owner of the Fat Trout trailer park.

Stanton had been working for decades as a character actor and was well into his 50s when he got his first lead role, playing Travis, a man and father broken by unrequited love, in Wim Wenders' classic road movie Paris, Texas (1984). The actor was also shown on the small screen. "Loads of love to you wherever you are now!" In fact, the Hollywood Reporter, which calls Stanton the "quintessential American actor", argues he was memorable in pretty much every role he took.

Stanton's other TV credits included "Alice", "Big Love", "Hotel Room" and "Dead Man's Walk".

The pair had recently worked together as Stanton featured in Twin Peaks: The Return and they star together in the last project he worked on, the film Lucky, due to be released later this month.

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

Olivia Wilde wrote that Stanton was the "definition of cool", and recounted her experience working with him on 2006's "Alpha Dog".

John Carpenter, who directed Stanton in Escape from NY, paid tribute to the actor, calling him "a wonderful man". And he was a World War II veteran, reportedly serving in the U.S. Navy during the Battle of Okinawa.

"As a person, Harry Dean is just so attractive".

"I had to decide if I wanted to be a singer or an actor".

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Stanton landed his first leading role for Paris, Texas during an unassuming conversation with Sam Shepard at a bar in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

In the 2012 documentary Partly Fiction, Stanton answered some deep questions from his friend and colleague, director David Lynch.

Stanton never married but once told an interviewer he had "one, maybe two" sons.

In his down time, Stanton played poker with John Huston (Anjelica's father) and golfed with his friend Jack Nicholson, with whom he lived for a period in a Laurel Canyon house in the '60s.

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