Harry Dean Stanton

Biography

Prolific character actor with a drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent that have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes. Born in West Irvine, Kentucky, Stanton served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during WW II, and was on-board and LSt during the Balltle of Okinawa; he then returned to the University of Kentucky to appear in a production of "Pygmalion", before heading out to California and honing his craft at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse. Stanton then toured around the US with a male choir, worked in children's theater, and then headed back to California. His first role on screen was in the tepid Tomahawk Trail (1957), but he was quickly noticed and appeared regularly in minor roles as cowboys and soldiers through the late 1950s and early 1960s. His star continued to rise and he received better roles in which he could showcase his laid-back style, such as in Cool Hand Luke (1967), Kelly's Heroes (1970), Dillinger (1973), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and in Alien (1979). It was around this time that Stanton came to the attention of director Wim Wenders, who cast him in his finest role yet as Travis in the moving Paris, Texas (1984). Next indie director Alex Cox gave Stanton a role that really brought him to the forefront, in the quirky cult film Repo Man (1984). Stanton was now heavily in demand, and his unique look got him cast as everything from a suburban father in the mainstream Pretty in Pink (1986) to a soft-hearted, but ill-fated, private investigator in Wild at Heart (1990) and a crazy yet cunning scientist in Escape from New York (1981). Apart from his film performances, Stanton is also an accomplished musician, and "The Harry Dean Stanton Band" and their unique spin on mariachi music have been playing together for well over a decade. They have toured internationally to rave reviews. Stanton became a cult figure of cinema and music and when Deborah Harry sang the lyric "I want to dance with Harry Dean..." in her 1990s hit "I Want That Man", she was talking about him. As he moved into the time in his life when most other people would be calling it a day, Harry Dean Stanton has remained consistently active on screen, most recently appearing in films including Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998), The Green Mile (1999) and The Man Who Cried (2000). A true gem amongst character actors, and with an on screen presence capable of adding that something extra to any production.

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Birth Name

Harry Dean Stanton

Birth Place

West Irvine, Kentucky, Estados Unidos

Birth Date

7/14/1926

Death Date

9/15/2017
Known For
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The Mighty

Grim

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Lucky

Lucky

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Down Periscope

CPO Howard, Chief Engineer

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The Proud Rebel

Jeb Burleigh (as Dean Stanton)

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The Open Road

Amon

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One Magic Christmas

Gideon

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Man Trouble

Redmond Layls

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Sonny

Henry

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She's So Lovely

Tony 'Shorty' Russo

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Fool for Love

Old Man

Starring In
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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice

Himself (archive footage)

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Lucky

Lucky

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Sick of it All

News Reporter

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The Last Stand

Mr. Parsons

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The Avengers

Security Guard

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Seven Psychopaths

Man in Hat

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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction

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This Must Be The Place

Robert Plath

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Rango

Balthazar (voice)

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The Open Road

Amon

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The Godfather Supplements

F.B.I. Man #1 (archive footage)

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The Pledge

Floyd Cage

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Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project

Himself / Private Willard (also archive footage)

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Inland Empire

Freddie Howard

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Alpha Dog

Cosmo Gadabeeti

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Alien Autopsy

Harvey

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You, Me and Dupree

Curly (uncredited)

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The Good Life

Gus

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Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film

Himself

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The Wendell Baker Story

Skip

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The Big Bounce

Bob Rogers, Sr.

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Chrystal

Pa Da

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Anger Management

Blind Man (uncredited)

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Sonny

Henry

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Ginostra

Del Piero

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The Short Films of David Lynch

Slim ("The Cowboy and the Frenchman") (archive footage)

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Bukowski - Born Into This

Himself

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The Pledge

Floyd Cage

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Sand

Leo

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The Man Who Cried

Felix Perlman

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The Green Mile

Toot-Toot

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The Straight Story

Lyle Straight, Alvin's Brother

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A Civil Action

Land Watcher (uncredited)

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The Mighty

Grim

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

Judge

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Fire Down Below

Cotton Harry

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She's So Lovely

Tony 'Shorty' Russo

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Midnight Blue

Eric

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Down Periscope

CPO Howard, Chief Engineer

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Playback

Ernie

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Never Talk to Strangers

Max Cheski

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One Hundred and One Nights

Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)

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Against the Wall

Hal

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Blue Tiger

Smith

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Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

Carl Rodd

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Man Trouble

Redmond Layls

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Payoff

Hook

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Wild at Heart

Johnnie Farragut

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The Fourth War

Gen. Hackworth

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Dream a Little Dream

Ike Baker

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Twister

Cleveland

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The Last Temptation of Christ

Saul / Paul

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Stars and Bars

Loomis Gage

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Slam Dance

Det. Benjamin Smiley

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Pretty In Pink

Jack Walsh

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One Magic Christmas

Gideon

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Fool for Love

Old Man

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UFOria

Brother Bud Sanders

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Terror in the Aisles

Brett (in 'Alien') (archive footage) (uncredited)

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Paris, Texas

Travis Henderson

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Red Dawn

Mr. Eckert

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Repo Man

Bud

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Christine

Detective Rudolph Junkins

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Young Doctors in Love

Dr. Oliver Ludwig

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One from the Heart

Moe

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Escape from New York

Brain

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Private Benjamin

1st Sgt. Jim Ballard

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Death Watch

Vincent Ferriman

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The Black Marble

Philo Skinner

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The Rose

Billy Ray

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Alien

Brett

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Wise Blood

Asa Hawks

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Up In Smoke

Police officer (scenes deleted)

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The Missouri Breaks

Calvin

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Farewell, My Lovely

Billy Rolfe

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Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins

Billy Winston

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Rancho Deluxe

Curt

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92 in the Shade

Carter

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The Godfather: Part II

F.B.I. Man #1

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For Better, for Worse

Songer

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Where the Lilies Bloom

Kiser Pease

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Cockfighter

Jack Burke

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Straight Time

Jerry Schue

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Dillinger

Homer Van Meter

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Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid

Luke

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Cry for Me, Billy

Luke Todd

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Two-Lane Blacktop

Oklahoma Hitchhiker (as H.D. Stanton)

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Cisco Pike

Jesse Dupre (as H.D. Stanton)

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Kelly's Heroes

Pvt. Willard

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The Rebel Rousers

Randolph Halverson

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Day of the Evil Gun

Sergeant Parker (as Dean Stanton)

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Cool Hand Luke

Tramp (as Dean Stanton)

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The Hostage

Eddie (as Dean Stanton)

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La Poursuite des tuniques bleues

Sgt. Dan Way (as Dean Stanton)

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Ride in the Whirlwind

Blind Dick (as Dean Stanton)

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The Man From the Diner's Club

Beatnik (uncredited)

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How the West Was Won

Gant Henchman (uncredited)

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Hero's Island

Dixey Gates (as Dean Stanton)

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Slave Catcher (as Dean Stanton)

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Pork Chop Hill

U.S. Soldier with Browning Automatic Rifle (uncredited)

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Lawless Years Vol. 1

Dace / ... (4 episodes, 1959-1961)

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Violence au Kansas !

Deputy Smallwood (uncredited)

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The Proud Rebel

Jeb Burleigh (as Dean Stanton)

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Voice in the Mirror

Hysterical Patient in Psychiatric Ward (uncredited)

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Revolt at Fort Laramie

Rinty (uncredited)

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Tomahawk Trail

Pvt. Miller (as Dean Stanton)

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The Wrong Man

Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)

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