Stanton has been honored with the annual Harry Dean Stanton Film Festival in Lexington, Kentucky.
Born in Kentucky, Stanton served in the US Navy during World War II, fighting in the Battle of Okinawa. The remainder of the decade was up-hill from there, and Stanton was noticed by famed directors like Francis Ford Coppola for 1974's The Godfather: Part II and John Huston for 1979's Wise Blood. He played Tramp in Cool Hand Luke and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent in The Godfather Part II, before scoring one of his best known roles as engineering tech Alien in Ridley Scott's Alien in 1979, followed by films like Escape from NY.
It took him a while to make his mark as an actor.
Stanton played a convict and sang in Cool Hand Luke, coaching Paul Newman's character on the song "Plastic Jesus". Plus, he also appeared in the likes of The Intruders, Cisco Pike, Zandy's Bride and Win, Place or Steal.
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Stanton had a long road to stardom as an actor, appearing in many uncredited roles, primarily in westerns, before he hit it big.
Stanton was touring with a children's play when he quit during a stop in California, deciding to try his hand in television and films. In 1984, Alex Cox cast Stanton as Bud in his cult classic Repo Man.
Lynch, a continuous teammate with the performer in ventures like "Wild on the most fundamental level" and the current reboot of "Twin Peaks", said in an announcement after Stanton's demise that "Everybody cherished him". In the film, Stanton stars as a 90-year-old atheist seeking enlightenment.
Stanton is one of the finest character actors, gaining acclaim from some of the most respected actors and always mentioned as a talent to be admired in Hollywood. Stanton revealed to the New York Times, "I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing".
Stanton never wedded, despite the fact that he had an involved acquaintance with performing artist Rebecca De Mornay, 35 years his lesser.