I saw the news that Harry Dean Stanton (HDS) passed away two days ago. I never know what to say, if anything, when a public figure passes away. Usually nothing. It’s sad, of course. But something struck me in my core when I read that HDS passed because he always brought something special to films that I’ve seen him in.
I’m most familiar with HDS from his appearances in David Lynch’s films. The lovably angry owner of the Fat Trout Trailer Park in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me and Season 3, the assistant duping people for cash in Inland Empire, the blindly in love boyfriend of Lula’s mother in Wild at Heart, and the surprise reveal of being Alvin Straight’s brother in The Straight Story.
It’s time to finally watch Paris, Texas. Rest in peace, Harry Dean Stanton.