Harry Dean Stanton

Born Jul 14, 1926

Harry Dean Stanton is an American actor, musician, and singer. Stanton's career has spanned over fifty years, which has seen him star in such films as Paris, Texas, Kelly's Heroes, Dillinger, Alien, Repo Man, Pretty In Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, The Green Mile and The Pledge. In the late 2000s, he played a recurring role in the HBO television series Big Love.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Harry Dean Stanton.


1926 Birth Born on July 14, 1926.


1959 32 Years Old He appears (uncredited) as a complaining BAR man in the very beginning of the Gregory Peck film Pork Chop Hill in 1959.
1962 35 Years Old He had a very small part in 1962's How The West Was Won as one of Charlie Gant's (Eli Wallach) gang, and followed that with a minor but eye-catching role as a poetry-reciting beatnik in the Danny Kaye film "The Man from the Diner's Club" in 1963. … Read More


1983 57 Years Old Playwright Sam Shepard, the movie's screenwriter, had spotted Stanton at a Santa Fe, New Mexico bar in 1983 while both were attending a film festival in that city, and the two fell into conversation. "I was telling him I was sick of the roles I was playing," Stanton recalled in a 1986 interview. "I told him I wanted to play something of some beauty or sensitivity. … Read More


2003 77 Years Old Stanton has also occasionally toured nightclubs as a singer/guitarist, playing mostly country-inflected cover tunes. He appeared in the Dwight Yoakam music video for "Sorry You Asked", portrayed a cantina owner in a Ry Cooder video for "Get Rhythm", participated in the video for Bob Dylan's "Dreamin' of You", and in 2003, appeared in the video for "Stop" by Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.
2010 84 Years Old During 2010, he appeared on the NBC show Chuck for one episode, reprising his role as a repo man from the 1984 cult film Repo Man.
2011 85 Years Old In 2011, the Lexington Film League created a festival to honor Stanton in the city where he spent much of his adolescence. … Read More
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The second annual Harry Dean Stanton Film Festival was held over a weekend in May 2012 at the Kentucky Theater and other venues in downtown Lexington. … Read More
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Stanton is the subject of a 2013 documentary titled Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction, directed by Sophie Huber and featuring film clips; interviews with collaborators including Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, and David Lynch; and Stanton's singing.
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