David Lynch on Harry Dean Stanton: ‘He Was a Great Actor and a Great Human Being’

Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me

Filmmaker David Lynch has paid tribute to his friend and frequent cast member Harry Dean Stanton, who died Friday at age 91.

“The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us,” Lynch wrote. “There went a great one. There’s nobody like Harry Dean. Everyone loved him. And with good reason. He was a great actor (actually beyond great) – and a great human being – so great to be around him!!! You are really going to be missed Harry Dean!!! Loads of love to you wherever you are now!!!”


Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Stanton was most recently on screen this summer in Lynch’s “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

Stanton appeared in Lynch’s 1990 film “Wild at Heart” and in 1992’s “Twin Peaks: A Fire Walk With Me,” although he was not in the original “Twin Peaks” series that aired from 1990-91 on ABC. Stanton also had role in Lynch’s 1999’s “The Straight Story” and 2006’s “Inland Empire.”

In “Twin Peaks: The Return,” Stanton played trailer park manager Carl Rodd who witnesses all kinds of strange goings-on in Twin Peaks.

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  1. David H. says:

    >> and in 1992’s “Twin Peaks: A Fire Walk With Me,”
    That should be “Fire Walk With Me.” Not “A” Fire.

  2. I first became aware of Harry Dean Stanton in the 60s as a face that kept popping up in shows such as Have Gun Will Travel and The Untouchables. I could never put a name to him at first but that soon changed with films like Cool Hand Luke and Straight Time. He went on of course to become one of the greatest character actors of his time. RIP, Mr Stanton.

  3. Jane says:

    Sad to hear of Mr. Stanton’s passing. He was such a talented actor. Loved all his movies but especially in The Green Mile and Pretty In Pink. He was a great contribution to the entertainment world. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

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