Harry Dean Stanton
Actor
Harry Dean Stanton
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.
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Reclaiming the Christmas Spirit: Ten Great Christmas Movies to Help You Shake the Police State Blues
Huffington Post - about 1 year
What a turbulent year it's been. For those of us who have managed to survive 2015 with our lives intact and our freedoms hanging by a thread, it has been a year of crackdowns, clampdowns, shutdowns, showdowns, shootdowns, standdowns, knockdowns, putdowns, breakdowns, lockdowns, takedowns, slowdowns, meltdowns, and never-ending letdowns. As I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, we've been held up, stripped down, faked out, photographed, frisked, fracked, hacked, tracked, cracked, intercepted, accessed, spied on, zapped, mapped, searched, shot at, tasered, tortured, tackled, trussed up, tricked, lied to, labeled, libeled, leered at, shoved aside, saddled with debt not of our own making, sold a bill of goods about national security, tuned out by those representing us, tossed aside, and taken to the cleaners. After endless months of being mired in gloom and doom, we now find ourselves just a few weeks away from Christmas, struggling to latch on ...
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Cool DVDs/downloads this week: 'Plimpton!' and more
USA Today - over 2 years
Releases also include docs about Branson, Mo., Harry Dean Stanton and West Coast punk.
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ABC's classic western 'The Rifleman' takes aim again via DVD
LATimes - about 3 years
The first season of the classic ABC western series "The Rifleman," which aired from 1958 to '63, has arrived on DVD. The set marks the first time all 40 episodes of the series, which starred Chuck Connors as rancher Lucas McCain, a Civil War vet and widowed father of young Mark (Johnny Crawford), have been presented in sequence of their original telecast. Created by Arnold Laven and developed by Sam Peckinpah, who wrote and directed several episodes, "The Rifleman" was an immediate success. The series, which also airs on ME-TV, featured such guest stars as James Coburn, Dennis Hopper, Michael Landon, Harry Dean Stanton and Robert Vaughn. For more information go to http://www.therifleman.net . Pictured: Chuck Connors of "The Rifleman."     
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: Repo Man, a hangover-helping grindhouse marathon, and Robert De Niro punching Sylvester Stallone in the face. 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revealed. ALISON HA ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - about 3 years
This week: It's a Wonderful Life! The Polar Express! A Christmas Story! And a whole bunch more Christmas bullshit! 12 Years a Slave Solomon (the brilliant Chiwetel Ejiofor) is a free black man, living in the North, who is abducted into slavery in 1841. Twelve years later, he's released. During those 12 years, he is a slave, and something of a stand-in for the modern viewer: He's intelligent, he's educated, and most crucially, he's attuned to the horror and injustice that surrounds him. Our attempts to comprehend life under slavery parallel his own: We share his terror when he wakes up in chains after a night of heavy drinking with two friendly-seeming white men. We understand his urge to fight back against those who have separated him from his family. We chafe to find him at the mercy of men who are his physical and intellectual inferior. And, through his eyes, the utterly schizophrenic nature of slavery is revealed. ALISON HALLETT ...
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Harry Dean Stanton: 'Life? It's one big phantasmagoria'
Guardian (UK) - about 3 years
The wine, the women, the song… The great Harry Dean Stanton talks to Sean O'Hagan about jogging with Dylan, Rebecca de Mornay leaving him for Tom Cruise and why Paris, Texas is his greatest film Harry Dean Stanton is singing "The Rose of Tralee". His wavering voice echoes across the rows of people gathered in the Village East cinema in New York, where a special screening of a new documentary about his life and work, Partly Fiction, has just finished. You can tell that the director, Sophie Huber, and the cinematographer, Seamus McGarvey, who are sitting beside him, are used to this sort of thing from Harry, but the rest of us are by turns delighted and a little bit nervous on his behalf. Now that he's 87, Stanton's voice is as unsteady as his gait, but he steers the old Irish ballad home in his inimitable manner and the audience responds with cheers and applause. "Singing and acting are actually very similar things," says Stanton when I ask him about his other talent, having seen him ...
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<em>Shepard & Dark</em>, The Backstory of <em>Paris, Texas</em>: A Conversation Between Lauren Wolkstein and Treva Wurmfeld
Huffington Post - over 3 years
co-authored by Lauren Workstein, director of Cigarette Candy, Social Butterfly and The Strange Ones WURMFELD: I rewatched Paris, Texas recently and I feel like I'm watching... WOLKSTEIN: Shepard &amp; Dark unfold? WURMFELD: There's definitely some significant parallels between the two. Themes of abandonment, long distance communication, two brothers caring for one son, the locations and old Super 8 family films. Not to mention the little things like Sam's infamous fear of flying... The characters played by Harry Dean Stanton and Dean Stockwell in Wim Wender's Paris, Texas (Travis &amp; Walt) have a lot in common with Sam Shepard and Johnny Dark. I find it fascinating that Sam Shepard wrote Paris, Texas and now almost 30 years later this documentary practically mirrors it. WOLKSTEIN: Were you a fan of Paris, Texas before you started making Shepard &amp; Dark? WURMFELD: Yes. I remember the first time I watched it at a friends house in upstate NY probably 20 years ago. The whol ...
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Early Buzz: Morrissey, Conan and more news
USA Today - over 3 years
Today's headlines also include Benedict Cumberbatch and Harry Dean Stanton.
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Review: 'Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction' paints lyrical portrait
LATimes - over 3 years
A prolific, eccentric character actor gets his due in Sophie Huber's not-quite straightforward documentary. Chances are good that Harry Dean Stanton, the prolific character actor with the face of a backwoods prophet, will be the subject of a straightforward career-retrospective documentary someday. For now we have something that's more in tune with the man: Sophie Huber's lyrical and enigmatic portrait, "Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction."
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Movie Review: ‘Harry Dean Stanton’ Looks at the Actor’s Life
NYTimes - over 3 years
The actor Harry Dean Stanton, 87, is guarded in the extreme, but Sophie Huber’s documentary film aims to find his depths.     
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Celeb birthdays for the week of July 14-20
Yahoo News - over 3 years
July 14: Actor Harry Dean Stanton is 87. Actress-singer Polly Bergen is 83. Actor Vincent Pastore ("The Sopranos") is 67. Singer-comedian Kyle Gass of Tenacious D is 53. Actress Jane Lynch ("Glee") is 53. Actor Jackie Earle Haley is 52. Actor Matthew Fox ("Lost," ''Party of Five") is 47. Keyboardist Ellen Reid of Crash Test Dummies is 47. Singer-guitarist Tanya Donelly (Belly) is 47. Actress Missy Gold ("Benson") is 43. Singer Tameka Cottle of Xscape is 38. Country singer Jamey Johnson is 38. Musician taboo of Black Eyed Peas is 38.
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Marshall Fine: Live from the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival: Friday, June 28
Huffington Post - over 3 years
A film festival's first day -- particularly when it's your first day at a festival you've never attended before -- is always a discovery process (though, of course, discovery is what going to film festivals is all about). So it was yesterday, as I arrived in Karlovy Vary in the northwest corner of the Czech Republic for the 48th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The town itself is a famous spa, known for its geothermal hot springs. Like Park City, Utah, home of the Sundance Film Festival, it's a mountain town, except that it's filled with stunning architecture from two and three centuries ago. The tourists literally come for the waters, buying small ceramic mugs that they carry around to fill from the various fountains spouting the town's mineral water. (Most mugs are shaped so that the handle also serves as a straw -- and most spigots are marked with signs to tell you just how hot the water is). We left New York Thursday afternoon, arriving in Prague mid- ...
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Headed To SXSW
Huffington Post - about 4 years
"Before Midnight," "Don Jon's Addiction," "Upstream Color," Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and news from John Sayles, Joe Swanberg, David Gordon Green and Jeff Nichols will screen at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival. Those films join the previously announced premieres of the Steve Carell comedy "The Incredible Burt Wonderstone" and the horror reboot "Evil Dead" on the SXSW lineup. “It’s an incredible privilege to sift through so much exciting work, and every year brings new surprises. Though trends emerge after the fact, not consciously while we’re programming, much of this year’s program embraces love and the need/search/desire for connection,” Janet Pierson, SXSW Film Conference and Festival Producer, said in a statement. “Many films reflect importantly on our culture and include intimate looks at iconic figures, and we’re lucky to have a plethora of hugely entertaining and audience pleasing films. Even more thrilling is the opportunity to support so m ...
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DVD review: 'Death Watch'
San Francisco Chronicle - about 4 years
DVD review: 'Death Watch' (Ironically, the film predicts the coming of "reality TV" and deals with some of its questionable aspects.) Subsequent laserdiscs and VHS tapes were also edited, so this is the first time the complete version intended by the director has been commercially packaged in America. The story focuses on a young Harvey Keitel as a man with an implanted brain-camera whose assignment is to photograph for nightly TV reruns a wandering woman said to be dying of an incurable disease that's never precisely described. (There were also rumors she had committed suicide after the sudden death of her son.) Other characters pushing the edges of Tavernier's bizarre envelope are Harry Dean Stanton as a not-unlikable TV executive and Max Von Sydow as a stranger who becomes sympathetic to Schneider's hardships in dealing with her looming death.
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Scott Mendelson: Review: The Last Stand Delivers Crowd-Pleasing B-Movie Goods
Huffington Post - about 4 years
The Last Stand 2013 109 minutes rated R The Last Stand (trailer) is not a great film by any stretch of the imagination.  But even in mid-January, it lays down the gauntlet for providing one of the more overtly crowd-pleasing (and thus successful) genre films to come down the pike in awhile.  The key to this film's success is simple: Director Kim Jee-Woon and writers Andrew Knauer, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and George Nolfi remember the basics to constructing this kind of meat-and-potatoes entertainment.  It's not rocket science, but you'd be shocked how often simple entertainment value gets left in the dust in the quest to construct the biggest and/or baddest genre entry out there.  The Last Stand isn't the biggest of anything.  It's a mid-budget B-movie action picture set in a small town between California and the Mexican border.  But it is filled to the gills with inventive actions sequences, colorful heroes and appropriately nasty villains.  Everyone knows exactly how seri ...
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Davis Schneiderman: On (New) Bowie, Burroughs and Spotify
Huffington Post - about 4 years
When faced with unlimited choice, do we choose what we know? I've been experiencing this mild dilemma in miniature with my membership to Spotify Premium. Yes, I've been enticed by the promised of the celestial jukebox, and increasingly chagrined to consider my boxes of old CDs sitting idle in the basement. Who has time, with small children, and jobs, and everything else, to dig through drawers to find a single Ella Fitzgerald song? Not me. I long ago learned to settle for calling up a scratchy YouTube version of the song I want. And if not that one, then another. When I finally succumbed to the $10 per month Spotify Premium fee, I delighted in the possibilities -- oh, the mad possibilities! -- available to me in the age of cloud-based infinite choice. High quality streaming, near instantaneously, of almost anything I might want. Where to begin! One Direction? Justin Bieber? I realized immediately, my brain empty (and yes, I recognize that I can indeed ch ...
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Film Shorts
The Portland Mercury - over 4 years
In which we hit it and quit it. All-You-Can-Eat Pink 'n' Porn for $1.99!!! Two bucks, two movies: 1966's Love Robots—a Japanese flick described as "a campy, erotic version of Alphaville"—and 1979's Ms. Magnificent, a porno that was originally titled Superwoman—until DC Comics found out, at which point the filmmakers used permanent marker to scribble out the "S" shield on Ms. Magnificent's "robust bust," then released it anyway. Behold! Cinema. Cinema 21. Big Easy Express In April 2011, the bands Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Old Crow Medicine Show traveled from Oakland to New Orleans by passenger train, and Big Easy Express documents the brief tour. Trouble is, these are some of the most boring bands on the planet, a point hammered home by watching them play "This Train Is Bound for Glory" a gajillion times. One of the musicians actually says to the camera, "It's like we left our baggage at home and ...
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Tom Hayden: Romney's Uncovered Mormon Roots
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Republican inquisition into Barack Obama's family roots is in total contrast to the avoidance of Mitt Romney's Mexican Mormon past. As recently as 2009, 72-year-old Meredith Romney, a relative of the Republican nominee, was kidnapped by Mexican gunmen in a strange vendetta involving drug cartels, land disputes and private militias. Some Romney relatives, like Meredith, still reside today in a 1,600-member community where they "live in a level of luxury in stark contrast to the farmers and laborers around them," according to an investigation by the crime reporter Jerry Langton. (Langton, Jerry. Gangland. Wiley, 2012, pp. 152-155) Romney's great-grandfather, Miles Park Romney, established a polygamous enclave in Mexico in 1885 to escape federal prosecutors in Utah who were denying polygamists the rights to vote, sit on juries, or run for office. According to Andrea Mitchell, "The Romneys that came back from Mexico to the United States... crossed the border illegally." ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Harry Dean Stanton
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2013
    Age 86
    The May 2013 Stanton festival in Lexington included an appearance by Crispin Glover, a co-star with Stanton in Wild at Heart, the 1989 comedy Twister and the Lynch-directed HBO original series Hotel Room in 1993; and a pre-release screening of the Partly Fiction.
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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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  • 2012
    Age 85
    In 2012, he had brief cameos in the superhero blockbuster The Avengers, and in the action comedy Seven Psychopaths.
    More Details Hide Details He also had a brief role in the Arnold Schwarzenegger action film The Last Stand (2013).
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Festival co-producer Lucy Jones visited with Stanton in California and brought back a filmed greeting for the festival, with introductions to the films and talk about films he was working on.
  • 2011
    Age 84
    In 2011, the Lexington Film League created a festival to honor Stanton in the city where he spent much of his adolescence.
    More Details Hide Details The first Harry Dean Stanton Fest was three days of film screenings including Paris, Texas, Repo Man, Cool Hand Luke, and the premiere of a PBS documentary by director Tom Thurman entitled Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland. All screenings were held at the historic Kentucky Theater. Hunter Carson, Stanton's co-star in Paris, Texas attended the festival and conducted a Q&A following the film.
  • 2010
    Age 83
    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 76
    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.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1983
    Age 56
    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.
    More Details Hide Details I had no inkling he was considering me for the lead in his movie." Not long afterward, Shepard phoned him in Los Angeles to offer Stanton the part of protagonist Travis, "a role that called for the actor to remain largely silent... as a lost, broken soul trying to put his life back together and reunite with his estranged family after having vanished years earlier." Stanton was a favorite of film critic Roger Ebert, who said that "no movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." However, Ebert later admitted that Dream a Little Dream (1989), in which Stanton appeared, was a "clear violation" of this rule. His television credits are extensive, including eight appearances between 1958 and 1968 on CBS' Gunsmoke and four on the network's Rawhide, as well as a cameo as himself on Two and a Half Men (having previously appeared with Jon Cryer in Pretty in Pink and with Charlie Sheen in Red Dawn), and alongside Sean Penn and Elvis Costello. He has been featured since 2006 as Roman Grant, the manipulative leader/prophet of a polygamous sect in the HBO television series Big Love. He also played Henry in an episode of the television series Adam-12.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1962
    Age 35
    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.
    More Details Hide Details His breakthrough part came with the lead role in director Wim Wenders' film Paris, Texas (1984).
  • 1959
    Age 32
    He appears (uncredited) as a complaining BAR man in the very beginning of the Gregory Peck film Pork Chop Hill in 1959.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1926
    Born
    Born on July 14, 1926.
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