A sad goodbye to Harry Dean Stanton

I will miss the guy, even though I never met him.  Harry Dean Stanton passed away Sept. 15 at age 91 from natural causes.

I have a fondness for him because he was in two of my favorite films from the 1970s.  One was the Oscar-winning “The Godfather Part II,” in which Stanton portrayed an FBI agent.  The other was in Ridley Scott’s futuristic deep space horror-thriller “Alien” (1979).  Stanton uttered some memorable lines in the 1984 action-drama “Red Dawn” taunting, “Avenge Me!” when talking to his sons from behind a gate.

 Harry Dean Stanton in 1979's "Alien."

Harry Dean Stanton in 1979's "Alien."

Stanton’s résumé includes performances in these and other films, including the Oscar-winning “In the Heat of the Night” (1967), the nonconformist drama “Cool Hand Luke” (1967), John Carpenter’s “Escape from New York” (1981), a member ofClint Eastwood ensemble cast in “Kelly’s Heroes” (1970), “Christine” (1983), “Repo Man” (1984), “Pretty in Pink” (1986), the Martin Scorsese-directed “The Last Temptation of Christ” (1988), “The Avengers” (2012) and four different projects with director David Lynch“Wild at Heart” (1990),  “Twin Peaks:  Fire Walk With Me” (1992),  “Inland Empire” (2006) and “The Straight Story” (1990).   Stanton also played Toot-Toot in Frank Darabont’s “The Green Mile” (1990).