I was very saddened to hear of the passing of actor Harry Dean Stanton on Friday. He was 91. Stanton had a career that spanned seven decades and collaborations with some of film's greatest directors including Ridley Scott, Martin Scorsese, John Carpenter, John Hughes and David Lynch.
|Harry Dean Stanton 1926-2017|
My introduction to Stanton (like most people my age) came from his role as Brett in 1979's Alien. He was already a veteran by that time, but from there he continued an almost fourty-year string of his memorable brand of acerbic, yet wise characters.
|Stanton in Repo Man (1984)|
My favourite of these has always been his portrayal of the crusty, but lovable trailer park manager Carl Rodd of David Lynch's Twin Peaks universe. Seeing him return for the latest season was a wonderful treat. His character has prompted years of my friend & I quoting the sagely line of “that's just more shit I gotta do now!” back and forth to each other.
|Stanton in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (1992)|
I find it wonderful that Stanton was able to work again with Lynch in the recently released Lucky, a perhaps unintentional elegy to his life long attitude of no nonsense. Rest in peace, Mr. Stanton. Heaven just got a lot cooler.