Harry Dean Stanton Biography

Birthday: 1926-07-15
Place of Birth: West Irvine, Kentucky
Height: 5' 8" (1.73 m)
Wiki 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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TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Private Benjamin 1980 Comedy
Against the Wall 1994 Action
Dead Man's Walk Shadrach 1996 Action
Big Love Roman Grant 2006 Drama
Alice (2009) Caterpillar 2009
Rango Balthazar 2011 Animation
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
BigLove Roman Grant 0000
Fire Down Below 1957 0, 0
Ride in the Whirlwind 1965
The Rebel Rousers 1970
Two-Lane Blacktop 1972 Drama
Dillinger Homer Van Meter 1973 0
Cockfighter 1974
Rancho Deluxe 1975 Comedy
Where the Lilies Bloom 1975 Drama, Family, Romance
The Missouri Breaks 1976 0
Straight Time 1978 0
Alien Brett 1979 Sport
The Alien Brett 1979 Horror, Sci Fi
Cisco Pike 1979 Drama
The Rose Billy Ray 1979
Wise Blood 1980 Comedy, Drama
Private Benjamin 1980 Comedy
Escape from New York Brain 1981 Sport, 0, Game Show
Young Doctors in Love 1982 Comedy
One from the Heart 1982 Drama, Musical, Romance
Christine Detective Rudolph Junkins 1983 Reality Tv, 0
Red Dawn Mr. Eckert 1984 0, Game Show, Romance
Repo Man Bud 1984 Action, Comedy, Sci Fi
Paris, Texas Travis Henderson 1984 Drama
The Bear Coach Thomas 1984 Biography, Drama, Family
UFOria 1985
Fool for Love 1985 0
One Magic Christmas 1985
Pretty in Pink Jack Walsh 1986 0, Biography
Slam Dance 1987
Stars and Bars Loomis Gage 1988 Comedy, Action, Romance
Mr. North Henry Simmons 1988 Comedy, Drama
Dream a Little Dream 1989 Biography, 0, 0, Sport
Twister Cleveland 1989 Comedy
The Fourth War Gen. Hackworth 1990 Drama, Thriller
Wild at Heart Johnnie Farragut 1990 Crime, Romance, Thriller
Blue Tiger Smith 1994 Action, Crime, Thriller
Never Talk to Strangers 1995 Crime, Drama, Romance
Down Periscope 1996
Midnight Blue Eric 1997 Mystery
The Mighty Grim 1998 0
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 Adventure, Drama
The Green Mile Toot-Toot 1999 0, 0
Playback Ernie Fontenot 1999 Thriller
Sand Leo 2002 Drama
Ginostra Del Piero 2003 Crime, Drama
Sonny Henry 2003 Crime, Drama
Chrystal Pa Da 2004
The Wendell Baker Story Skip Summers 2005 Comedy, Drama, Romance
Alien Autopsy 2006 0
The Good Life Gus 2007
Alpha Dog 2007 Crime, Drama
Inland Empire Freddie Howard 2007 Mystery, Thriller
Being Michael Madsen Himself 2007
The Open Road Amon 2009 Comedy, Drama
Rango Balthazar 2011 0, Drama, 0, 0
Seven Psychopaths Man in Hat 2012 Comedy, Crime, Thriller
9 Full Moons Dimitri 2013 Drama, Romance
Carlos Spills the Beans Rhino 2014 Comedy, Drama, Family