ActorDate of birth
14th July 1926
Place of birth
West Irvine, Kentucky, USA
Year of debut
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.
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.