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Death of Harry Dean Stanton, interpreter of " Paris, Texas "

The american actor, as we will see in "Lucky" in December, knew how to make his supporting roles unforgettable

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Death of Harry Dean Stanton, interpreter of
In January at Sundance, " in August in Locarno, festival-goers have discovered in film Lucky as a character of same name. A in his nineties lanky emaciated, a little frightening, until an irresistible smile to come and illuminate m. It égrenait his memories – of his childhood in Kentucky, his war in Pacific on board of a transport of troop. In Face of death, he opposed aism solved, even scandalizing his neighbors. These bits were borrowed from life of his interpreter, Harry Dean Stanton. A life that just ended in Los Angeles, September 15, at age of 91 years.

He had been in about 200 films and episodes of television series, from 1954 to 2017, western Revolt at Fort Laramie to new season of Twin Peaks. Its endless early career was that of an obscure second role, but from end of 1970s, public learned to identify Harry Dean Stanton in The devil, John Huston (1978), and, following year, in Alien, Ridley Scott, and The Rose, Mark Rydell.

Ghost risen out of desert

For european spectators, he remains Travis Henderson, ghost risen out of desert in Paris, Texas, Wim Wenders (1984), where, for first time in a career that began thirty years earlier, he held a leading role. For " millenials ", Harry Dean Stanton will always be Roman Grant, patriarch of a polygamist in series Big Love. He was also a musician. It intends to interpret some songs of mariachis in Lucky and you can find her version of Blue Bayou on album Partly Fiction, soundtrack of a documentary film which was subsequently dedicated to him.

Harry Dean Stanton was born July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, into a family of farmers baptists. After having served as a cook in navy – his ship took part in taking of Okinawa, he entered university of Kentucky, which he left before graduating, in a spirit of rebellion. He moved to California and studied acting at Pasadena Playhouse.

Perfect cow-boy

at that time – 1950s – its physical large vine at face worrying forbids him to aspire for leading roles. But it makes him perfect cowboy, and Harry Dean Stanton (often credited in credits under name Dean Stanton) is a veteran of westerns that young american television and mass-produced. We see it in Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, but also in The Fugitive, Alfred Hitchcock presents. It is noted for first time in co-owned melancholic and music lover (he sings song Just a Closer Walk With Thee) of Paul Newman in Luke cold hand (Stuart Rosenberg, 1967).

His mode of life conforming directs m to margins of Hollywood. It turns in Macadam two-lane, Monte Hellman (1971) and n, in Pat Garrett and Billy The Kid, Sam Peckinpah (1973) alongside Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan. The latter invites him to participate in adventure of Renaldo and Clara, film that author of Mr Tambourine Man was shot during tour Rolling Thunder Revue in 1975. Harry Dean Stanton cross re's Sam Shepard, who, eight years later, at a chance meeting in a bar in Santa Fe, offers him lead role in a movie he is writing, Paris, Texas.

at that moment, Harry Dean Stanton is definitely out of anonymity. Mechanic of spaceship Nostromo in Alien, country singer who destroyed in a sequence with ego of rock star Bette Midler in The Rose : each of se roles mark imagination. Bertrand Tavernier made a call to him to The Death live. The critic Roger Ebert, who reign, on taste cinephile u.s., note : "Any film which has Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh [anor great actor of composition] (in a supporting role can be altoger bad. "

Five collaborations with David Lynch

But apart from Paris, Texas, filmography of Harry Dean Stanton has anor leading role, that of servicer to liabilities in science-fiction film punk Alex Cox Repo Man (1984). It is almost a star, as a guest of satirical Saturday Night Live, subject of a long profile in New York Times Magazine.

He is far of Molly Ringwald in Pink, plays for John Carpenter in New York in 1997 and Christine, begins a collaboration with long course with David Lynch, first in Sailor and Lula, and n Twin Peaks : Fire Walk With Me, A true story, Inland Empire, and recently in new season of Twin Peaks. On set of Big Love, personal assistant of Harry Dean Stanton, Logan Sparks is fascinated by his boss to point of writing screenplay for Lucky. The film, due out on 13 December in France, will be most beautiful epitaph that could dream of an actor.

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