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Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies Aged 91

It is with sadness that we report Harry Dean Stanton, known by the fan community for his memorable role as Brett in Alien, has died at age 91. Variety is reporting that he died of natural causes.

Director David Lynch, who recently worked with Stanton on the revival of the series Twin Peaks, released a statement on Twitter:

The great Harry Dean Stanton has left us. 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!!!”

 Actor Harry Dean Stanton Dies Aged 91

Stanton was typically cast in supporting roles, known for his characters in such films as Red Dawn, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Escape from New YorkThe Green Mile, Rango, and many, many others. “I dunno how many movies I played, is it 250 or 200, I lost a count a long time ago” he said in an interview last year.

Many of us connected with his character Brett in Alien: a humorous yet dry, down-to-earth space trucker. His iconic slow-build scene with the Alien remains one of the most memorable parts of the film.

Stanton reprised his role as Brett in the 2014 video game Alien: Isolation, lending his likeness and voice acting to the game.

Though never married, he stated in a past interview that he has “one or two children.” He had relationships with a number of his co-stars and other celebrities.

His final film in which he stars, titled Lucky, is due for release later this month, and also features his Alien co-star Tom Skerritt.

This is the fourth passing of someone involved in the Alien and Predator franchises this year, his fellow Alien co-star John Hurt also died earlier this year due to health issues.

Charles de Lauzirika, who produced the Alien Quadrilogy, Anthology, and Prometheus home releases had the opportunity to meet the actor for an interview and commentary. He shared on Twitter regarding Stanton’s passing:

The thoughts of our staff and community go out to those who were close to him.

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  1. Scorpio
    Ian Holm is next, it goes Kane->Brett->Ash->Parker->Lambert->Dallas->Ripley.

    Which makes sense irl because Ian Holm is the oldest living cast member.  Not sure how the others are holding up though!

    Don't mean to sound so morbid, I hope no one dies!
  2. Corporal Hicks
    Quote from: Elmazalman on Sep 16, 2017, 09:42:15 PM
    Quote from: RidgeTop on Sep 16, 2017, 07:35:51 AM
    Here is the trailer for his upcoming film "Lucky."
    It wouldn't surprise me if he ended up winning an Oscar posthumously for this role. Nice to see (for ALIEN fans) him sharing scenes with Tom Skerritt one last time.

    That looks like such a charming film to me. I really hope that sees release on my side of the pond. Looks like it'll be one of those low-key kind of films.
  3. Ash 937
    He is the reason that Parker's death was so appealing to me.  Ever since Parker told him to go get Jones, I loathed Parker for taking advantage of Brett's good nature.  Sure, there was some redemption when Parker rescued Ripley from Ash but Brett was, by far, my favorite character and so I never completely forgave Parker.

    RIP Harry. 

    "You still with us, Brett?" will take on a whole new meaning next time I see you in Alien.
  4. ScrapBrain
    I've spotted him throughout films over the years but other than Alien I don't recall seeing any of his other great performances. Brett was always a favourite of mine because of Stanton's dead pan performance. I've even occasionally caught myself using his trademark "Riiight" during conversations.

    Spent some of today reading more about him to get a better picture of him. Hopefully the black void is everything he wanted it to be.

    Thanks for an incredible performance in my favourite film, Mr. Stanton. I'll be sure to check out your other work.
  5. Huggs
    91 years; a solid run. So many of the people involved in these wonderful films are passing away. The end of a generation I suppose. He was a fine actor, and fantastic in Alien. May he rest in peace.
  6. dinosauriac
    Brett was always one of my favourite characters. Harry Dean Stanton always seemed so wonderfully naturalistic in whatever he was in, but always brought just a hint of an oddball quality. Dude was perfect for Alien.

    If anyone's interested, No Small Parts did a pretty interesting biography on him...
  7. windebieste

    Aww, Man.  One of those actors that improved everything he appeared in. 

    First we lose most of the people involved in the design of the Alien and the bringing of it to life; and now we start losing the actors who portrayed its victims.  Apparently, it's going to happen in the same order as they died onscreen.  Life mimicking Art, so to speak.

    Stanton will be missed.  Loved him in everything I saw him perform in. 

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