Longtime character actor Harry Dean Stanton died of natural causes Friday at the age of 91, leaving behind a screen and music legacy that drew tributes from some of Stanton's Hollywood colleagues, including David Lynch, Stephen King, John Carpenter, and The Avengers director Joss Whedon. "Never a dull moment," Whedon wrote on Twitter. "Can't imagine telling him to rest."
Stanton made a cameo appearance as a security guard in 2012's The Avengers, appearing opposite Mark Ruffalo after Bruce Banner loses his clothes following an episode as the Hulk."So long Harry Dean," Ruffalo eulogized on Twitter. "Thank you for the gift of your films, your music & your being. God broke the mold on you. Rest In Peace. Poet." Ruffalo accompanied his message with a video of their shared Avengers scene.
So long Harry Dean. Thank you for the gift of your films, your music & your being. God broke the mold on you. Rest In Peace. Poet. pic.twitter.com/dk9xnMcSRv— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) September 16, 2017
Long before making his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stanton appeared in numerous films including Pretty in Pink, The Green Mile, Cool Hand Luke, The Godfather Part II and Escape From New York. Most recently, he appeared in Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks and as the titular character in the SXSW film Lucky.
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