Harry Dean Stanton during "The Wendell Baker Story" Los Angeles Premiere - Red Carpet at Writers Guild Theater in Beverly Hills, California, United States. (Photo by Jeff Vespa/WireImage for ThinkFilm)
September 16, 2017 01:12 AM

Harry Dean Stanton, a unique actor whose diverse performances spanned the gamut of film and television history, has died at the age of 91.

The actor, who starred in Big Love, died of natural causes at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles Friday, Stanton’s agent confirmed to PEOPLE, adding, “Harry Dean is survived by family and friends who loved him.”

Through his acting credits, Stanton worked with some of the best in the business, most recently reprising his role as Carl Rodd in Twin Peaks: The Return. His filmography left a meaningful impact on Hollywood, influencing and inspiring the lives of both those he worked with and many of his fans who went on to become actors, directors, and more.

As the news broke Friday afternoon, many mourned his death and commemorated his legacy on social media; actors from John Gallagher Jr. to Andie MacDowell and behind-the-scenes luminaries like Joss Whedon shared their memories of the actor, who many called “legendary.”

The official Twin Peaks account also shared an official statement from series creator David Lynch, saying, “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!!!”

Jon Cryer, who worked with Stanton on Pretty in Pink, tweeted, “Was an honor, man” with a black-and-white photograph of the two on set in 1986. Stanton also later appeared as himself on an episode of Cryer’s sitcom Two and a Half Men. 

Read below for a sampling of tweets honoring the late actor.

Director Edgar Wright wrote, “RIP to the legendary Harry Dean Stanton. Impossible to cover his legacy in brief but here’s a few favs: ‘Alien’, ‘Paris Texas’, ‘Repo Man’,” in his tribute to the late great actor.

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