By the late 1960s and into the 1970s, he began appearing in bigger- budget projects, including Paul Newman's "Cool Hand Luke", Clint Eastwood's "Kelly's Heroes", "The Godfather: Part II" and as a member of the doomed crew in the original "Alien".
Stanton, who never lost his Kentucky inflection, said his enthusiasm for motion pictures was provoked as a youngster when he would leave each theater "supposing I was Humphrey Bogart".
"After Jack said that, my whole approach to acting opened up", Stanton revealed. But Independent and cult movie roles followed, with many other actors citing Harry Dean Stanton as a favourite to act with.
Stanton was born in Kentucy to a tobacco farmer, living a rural life before heading off to be a cook in the Navy in the Pacific theatre during World War II. Stanton was one of his favourite actors.
Stanton has been a staple on the big and small screens for seven decades.
He returned as Rodd in the recent "Twin Peaks: The Return".
Our thoughts are with Harry's friends and family during this hard time.
In honor of the artist's legacy, here is a look at his three best performances. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here's a few favs: "'Alien, ' 'Paris Texas, ' 'Repo Man'". It paid off. The film is a near-masterpiece and lot of the reason is Stanton. John Hughes cast Stanton as Molly Ringwald's father in the romantic-comedy Pretty in Pink.
Early on in his career, Stanton was often picked up to play intimidating crooks or ill-tempered sidekicks on television shows like Bat Masterson, Johnny Ringo, The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin, The Rifleman, The Untouchables, and U.S. Marshal. His skills as an actor came to be so well-regarded that the powerful film critic Roger Ebert once reportedly said, "No movie featuring Harry Dean Stanton can be altogether bad".
Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, described Stanton as "incomparable" while Lynch labelled him a "great one".
Harry Dean Stanton died of natural causes on Friday.