Harry Dean Stanton

Actor, Musician, Tobacco harvester
A prolific supporting player for over five decades, Harry Dean Stanton inspired film critic Roger Ebert to declare, "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether ... Read more »
Born: 07/13/1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA

Filmography

Actor (117)

9 Full Moons 2014 (Movie)

Dimitri (Actor)

Getting On 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Man In Hat (Actor)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

This Must Be the Place 2012 (Movie)

Robert Plath (Actor)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

Balthazar (Voice)

Alice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Love 2005 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chuck 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Open Road 2009 (Movie)

Amon (Actor)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

Cosmo Gadabeeti (Actor)

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

Skip Summers (Actor)

Alien Autopsy 2006 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Freddie Howard (Actor)

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Chrystal 2005 (Movie)

Pa Da (Actor)

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Bob Rogers Sr (Actor)

Two and a Half Men 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ginostra 2002 (Movie)

(Actor)

Sonny 2002 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

Felix Perlman (Actor)

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Floyd Cage (Actor)

Ballad of the Nightingale 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dwight's Video Bio 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Furtive and Friendly Appearance (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Toot-Toot (Actor)

The Straight Story 1999 (Movie)

Lyle (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

Grim (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

Cotton (Actor)

She's So Lovely 1997 (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Midnight Blue 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Band 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

Max Cheski (Actor)

Playback 1995 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hostages 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Hotel Room 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Redmond Layls (Actor)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Carl Rodd (Actor)

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Fourth War 1990 (Movie)

General Hackworth (Actor)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Johnnie Farragut (Actor)

Dream A Little Dream 1989 (Movie)

Ike Baker (Actor)

Motion and Emotion 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Twister 1989 (Movie)

Eugene Cleveland (Actor)

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

Henry Simmons (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Loomis Gage (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Saul/Paul (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Detective Smiley (Actor)

Deja View 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

UFOria 1986 (Movie)

Brother Bud (Actor)

Fool For Love 1985 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

One Magic Christmas 1985 (Movie)

Gideon (Actor)

The Care Bears Movie 1985 (Movie)

of Lion (Voice)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Mr Eckert (Actor)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

Bud (Actor)

The Bear 1984 (Movie)

Coach Thomas (Actor)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

Rudolph Junkins (Actor)

I Want to Live 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

Dr Oliver Ludwig (Actor)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

Harold Helman--The (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

Moe (Actor)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

Vincent Ferriman (Actor)

Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

Sergeant Jim Ballard (Actor)

The Black Marble 1980 (Movie)

Philo (Actor)

Young Maverick 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

Actor

Alien 1979 (Movie)

Brett (Actor)

Wise Blood 1979 (Movie)

Asa Hawks (Actor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Jerry Schue (Actor)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Billy Ray (Actor)

Renaldo & Clara 1976 (Movie)

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92 in the Shade 1975 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

Billy Rolfe (Actor)

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975 (Movie)

Billy Winston (Actor)

Rancho Deluxe 1975 (Movie)

Curt (Actor)

The Missouri Breaks 1975 (Movie)

Calvin (Actor)

Cockfighter 1974 (Movie)

Jack Burke (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

FBI Man No 1 (Actor)

Where the Lilies Bloom 1974 (Movie)

Kiser Pease (Actor)

Win, Place or Steal 1974 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Dillinger 1973 (Movie)

Homer Van Meter (Actor)

Cisco Pike 1972 (Movie)

Cisco's Partner (Actor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

Face to the Wind 1971 (Movie)

Luke Todd (Actor)

Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

Willard (Actor)

Rebel Rousers 1970 (Movie)

Rebel (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Tramp (Actor)

Day of the Evil Gun 1967 (Movie)

(Actor)

Ride in the Whirlwind 1966 (Movie)

Blind Dick (Actor)

The Long Ride Home 1966 (Movie)

Sergeant Dan Way (Actor)

The Hostage 1965 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Man From the Diner's Club 1962 (Movie)

1st Beatnik (Actor)

Hero's Island 1961 (Movie)

Dixey (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

Slave Catcher (Actor)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

MacFarland (Actor)

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

Jeb Burleigh (Actor)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

Department of Correction Officer (Actor)

Against the Wall (TV Show)

Actor

Blue Tiger (TV Show)

Actor

Father of the Bride (Movie)

(Actor)

Payoff (TV Show)

Actor

The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Show)

Actor

The Pay Off (Movie)

(Actor)

Tobacco Blues (TV Show)

Narrator
Music (4)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

("Blue Moon") (Song Performer)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

Music Performer (Music)

The Bounty Hunter 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Animal Factory (TV Show)

Song

Biography

A prolific supporting player for over five decades, Harry Dean Stanton inspired film critic Roger Ebert to declare, "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." Of course, there were a few misfires along the way, but most were redeemed by the actor's strength for playing haggard men with battered souls. Stanton was well-liked and utilized by some of modern cinema's most visionary directors including Sam Peckinpah, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn and Wim Wenders. It was Wenders who launched Stanton's late career breakout when he cast him in an acclaimed leading role in "Paris, Texas" (1984), but prior to that quietly haunting performance, Stanton spent 25 years playing hard-bitten outlaws in notable films like "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1973) and "The Rose" (1979). Stanton was transformed into a wizened cult figure of the American indie film scene with "Repo Man" (1984), "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988), and "She's So Lovely" (1996) - to say nothing of his fatherly turn in "Pretty in Pink" (1986) and his unforgettable role as one of the doomed Nostromo crew of "Alien" (1979). A restless, unconventional spirit off-camera, Stanton always lent a sympathetic realness to the menacing criminals and barroom-dwelling outsiders he stashed beneath his craggy face and wiry, worn frame.

Relationships

Rebecca De Mornay Actor

Companion
Dated 1982-83 No longer together

Sheridan Stanton

Father
Divorced wife when Harry was in high school; later remarried

Ersel Stanton

Mother
Divorced husband when Stanton was in high school; later remarried

Archie Stanton

Brother
Younger

Ralph Stanton

Brother
Younger

EDUCATION

Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California
classmates included Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall; studied for four years

Lafayette High School

Kentucky

University of Kentucky

Lexington , Kentucky
attended for three years

Milestones

2012

Made cameo in superhero blockbuster "The Avengers"

2012

Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"

2011

Voiced Balthazar in Gore Verbinski's animated feature "Rango"

2009

Played the Caterpillar in SyFy fantasy miniseries "Alice"

2006

Reteamed with director David Lynch to star in "Inland Empire"

2006

Cast as Roman Grant, the prophet of the Juniper Creek compound on HBO drama series "Big Love"

2005

Appeared in "The Wendell Baker Story" for Andrew and Luke Wilson

2001

Played opposite Jack Nicholson in "The Pledge" for director Sean Penn

1999

Cast in "The Green Mile" for director Frank Darabont

1998

Appeared in the feature adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" for Terry Gilliam

1996

Co-starred in ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk'"

1992

Starred in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"

1990

Played a soft-hearted, but ill-fated private investigator in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"

1988

Played Saul (Paul) in "The Last Temptation of Christ"

1986

Played Molly Ringwald's father in "Pretty in Pink"

1984

Landed first screen lead in Wim Wenders directed "Paris, Texas"

1984

Cast in the quirky cult film "Repo Man," by indie director Alex Cox

1979

Cast in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Alien"

1979

Made TV-movie debut in "Flatbed Annie & Sweetpie: Lady Truckers" (CBS)

1974

Cast in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part II," as an FBI agent protecting Michael V. Gazzo

1967

Played a convict who sings gospel tunes to Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke"

1966

Made unsold CBS pilot

1958

Played villain opposite Alan Ladd in "The Proud Rebel"

1957

Moved to Hollywood and made screen debut in "Tomahawk Trail"

Joined the American Male Chorus

Decided to pursue acting career after starring in college production of "Pygmalion"

Served in the Navy during WWII

Moved to Pasadena, CA, to study acting

Roomed with Jack Nicholson in the late 1960s

Raised in Kentucky

Moved to New York; joined Strawbridge Children's Theatre

Bonus Trivia

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"I think younger actors have it better today. I think that, traditionally, actors have been second class citizens on a lot of levels. However, since the breakup of the major studios, things have started loosening up...today's young actors have more freedom." – Stanton

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"I made it a point not to graduate [from college]. I thought that was a positive, independent kind of statement. I never liked being ordered around, which of course was an overreaction. I eventually found out that I didn't mind being ordered around at all when it was by someone who knew what he was doing." – Stanton in The New York Times Magazine, 1986

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"I sure wish I had matured earlier. There was such a long period in my life when I was struggling to bloom, and as a result I did a lot of stupid things...To put it mildly I was just a very late bloomer. It was Eastern mysticism that began to help me. Alan Watt's books on Zen Buddhism were a very strong influence. Taoism and Lao-Tse, I read much of, along with the works of Krishnamurti. And I studied Tai chi, the martial arts which is about centering oneself." – Stanton in The New York Times Magazine, 1986

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Stanton was also an accomplished musician. The Harry Dean Stanton Band and their unique spin on Mariachi music played together for well over a decade.

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Stanton was a cult figure of cinema and music, and when Deborah Harry sang the lyrics "I want to dance with Harry Dean..." in Blondie's 1989 hit "I Want That Man," she was talking about him.

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