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Harry Dean Stanton

Actor Date of birth 14th July 1926
Place of birth West Irvine, Kentucky, USA
Year of debut 1957
First feature film Mark Of The Apache

Harry Dean Stanton studied journalism and radio arts at University of Kentucky. He trained at Pasadena Playhouse. He began his career playing villains in Western TV series such as Gunsmoke and movies like Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid. In the eighties, he extended his repertoire in Repo Man and Pretty In Pink. In 1984, he landed his first lead role in the movie Paris, Texas. He has since starred in a range of movies including Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas and The Wendell Baker Story.

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Harry Dean Stanton's films

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Packshot for the film Alien
15 Certificate
116 Mins

Directed by Ridley Scott. A mining spaceship is terrorised by an alien. With Sigourney Weaver. Strong language, moderate violence and horror.

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Packshot for the film Seven Psychopaths
15 Certificate
106 Mins

Three friends (Colin Farrell, Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell) steal a gangster's (Woody Harrelson) pet dog. Very strong language and strong bloody violence.

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Did you know?

  • Harry Dean Stanton served in the Navy during the Second World War.
  • In an interview with Venus magazine, he discussed his experience of acting in Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He said "we were standing around waiting for Hitchcock to direct us in the scene, where Tom and I were kidnapping E.G. Marshall, tying him up. So Hitchcock tells us (imitating him) "You fellows just go down there and work it out." Never said another word! Nothing! He just let us do it. That's what I loved about him. All great directors do that, they say very little to actors".
  • He has his own band. It was originally called Harry Dean And The Repo Men. It is now simply called The Harry Dean Stanton Band.
  • Early in his career he toured with an American choir. He told Venice Magazine that he "answered an ad in the paper that said 'Singers Wanted' and got on a singing tour with this Baptist preacher who wanted to spread the word of God through song".
  • His parents divorced when he was in high school. They later re-married.