Harry Dean Stanton

Highest Rated: 100% Cockfighter (1974)
Birthday: Jul 14, 1926
Birthplace: West Irvine, Kentucky, USA
A perpetually haggard character actor with hound-dog eyes and the rare ability to alternate between menace and earnest at a moment's notice, Harry Dean Stanton has proven one of the most enduring and endearing actors of his generation. From his early days riding the range in Gunsmoke and Rawhide to a poignant turn in David Lynch's uncharacteristically sentimental drama The Straight Story, Stanton can always be counted on to turn in a memorable performance no matter how small the role. A West Irvine, KY, native who served in World War II before returning stateside to attend the University of Kentucky, it was while appearing in a college production of Pygmalion that Stanton first began to realize his love for acting. Dropping out of school three years later to move to California and train at the Pasadena Playhouse, Stanton found himself in good company while training alongside such future greats as Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall. A stateside tour with the American Male Chorus and a stint in New York children's theater found Stanton continuing to hone his skills, and after packing his bags for Hollywood shortly thereafter, numerous television roles were quick to follow. Billed Dean Stanton in his early years and often carrying the weight of the screen baddie, Stanton gunned down the best of them in numerous early Westerns before a soulful turn in Cool Hand Luke showed that he was capable of much more. Though a role in The Godfather Part II offered momentary cinematic redemption, it wasn't long before Stanton was back to his old antics in the 1976 Marlon Brando Western The Missouri Breaks. After once again utilizing his musical talents as a country & western singer in The Rose (1979) and meeting a gruesome demise in the sci-fi classic Alien, roles in such popular early '80s efforts as Private Benjamin, Escape From New York, and Christine began to gain Stanton growing recognition among mainstream film audiences; and then a trio of career-defining roles in the mid-'80s proved the windfall that would propel the rest of Stanton's career. Cast as a veteran repo man opposite Emilio Estevez in director Alex Cox's cult classic Repo Man (1984), Stanton's hilarious, invigorated performance perfectly gelled with the offbeat sensibilities of the truly original tale involving punk-rockers, aliens, and a mysteriously omnipresent plate o' shrimp. After sending his sons off into the mountains to fight communists in the jingoistic actioner Red Dawn (also 1984) Stanton essayed what was perhaps his most dramatically demanding role to date in director Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas. Cast as a broken man whose brother attempts to help him remember why he walked out on his family years before, Stanton's devastating performance provided the emotional core to what was perhaps one of the essential films of the 1980s. A subsequent role as Molly Ringwald's character's perpetually unemployed father in 1986's Pretty in Pink, while perhaps not quite as emotionally draining, offered a tender characterization that would forever hold him a place in the hearts of those raised on 1980s cinema. In 1988 Stanton essayed the role of Paul the Apostle in director Martin Scorsese's controversial religious epic The Last Temptation of Christ. By the 1990s Stanton was a widely recognized icon of American cinema, and following memorably quirky roles as an eccentric patriarch in Twister and a desperate private detective in David Lynch's Wild at Heart (both 1990), he settled into memorable roles in such efforts as Against the Wall (1994), Never Talk to Strangers (1995), and the sentimental drama The Mighty (1998). In 1996, Stanton made news when he was pistol whipped by thieves who broke into his home and stole his car (which was eventually returned thanks to a tracking device). Having previously teamed with director Lynch earlier in the decade, fans were delighted at Stanton's poignant performance in 1999's The Straight Story. Still going strong into the new millennium, Stanton cou


Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Frank and Ava Sheriff Lloyd 2018
97% Lucky Lucky $1M 2017
83% 9 Full Moons Dimitri 2014
No Score Yet Fishtail Actor 2014
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction Actor 2013
61% The Last Stand Actor $12.1M 2013
66% This Must Be The Place Robert Plath $0.2M 2012
82% Seven Psychopaths Man in Hat $15.1M 2012
92% Marvel's The Avengers Security Guard $623.3M 2012
No Score Yet Carlos Spills The Beans Rhino 2012
88% Rango Balthazar $123.2M 2011
29% The Open Road Amon 2009
22% Alice Caterpillar 2008
80% Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project Actor 2008
No Score Yet Being Michael Madsen Actor 2007
No Score Yet Brando Actor 2007
20% The Good Life Gus 2007
54% Alpha Dog Cosmo Gadabeeti $15.2M 2007
71% Alien Autopsy Harvey 2006
72% Inland Empire Freddie Howard 2006
20% You, Me and Dupree Curly $75.7M 2006
40% The Wendell Baker Story Skip Summers $48.6K 2005
16% The Big Bounce Bob Rogers Sr. $6.4M 2004
80% Chrystal Pa Da 2004
42% Anger Management Blind Man $133.8M 2003
84% Bukowski: Born into This Himself $82.2K 2003
94% Alien: The Director's Cut Brett 2003
23% Sonny Henry Wade 2002
No Score Yet Ginostra Actor 2002
No Score Yet Sand Leo 2002
78% The Pledge Floyd Cage $18.9M 2001
No Score Yet Band - The Authorized Video Biography Narrator 2001
35% The Man Who Cried Felix Perlman 2000
79% The Green Mile Toot-Toot 1999
96% The Straight Story Lyle Straight 1999
75% The Mighty Grim 1998
49% Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas Judge 1998
11% Fire Down Below Cotton 1997
66% She's So Lovely Shorty 1997
No Score Yet Midnight Blue Eric 1997
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk' Shadrach 1996
12% Down Periscope Howard 1996
15% Never Talk to Strangers Max Cheski 1995
No Score Yet Blue Tiger Smith 1995
No Score Yet One Hundred and One Nights Furtive and Friendly Appearance 1995
No Score Yet Against the Wall Hal 1994
No Score Yet Hostages Reed 1993
No Score Yet Gentleman Who Fell Actor 1993
64% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me Carl 1992
7% Man Trouble Redmond 1992
No Score Yet The Pay Off Hook 1991
65% Wild At Heart Johnnie Farragut 1990
78% The Fourth War Gen. Hackworth 1990
No Score Yet Twister Eugene Cleveland 1989
0% Dream a Little Dream Ike Baker 1989
No Score Yet The Pay Off Actor 1989
80% The Last Temptation of Christ Paul 1988
43% Mr. North Henry Simmons 1988
No Score Yet Stars and Bars Loomis 1988
20% Slam Dance Smiley 1987
No Score Yet UFOria Brother Bud Sanders 1986
79% Pretty in Pink Jack Walsh 1986
50% The Care Bears Movie Brave Heart Lion 1985
75% Fool for Love Old Man 1985
47% One Magic Christmas Gideon 1985
97% Paris, Texas Travis Henderson 1984
No Score Yet The Bear Coach Thomas 1984
46% Red Dawn Mr. Eckert 1984
98% Repo Man Bud 1984
70% Christine Rudolph Junkins 1983
No Score Yet I Want to Live! Emmett Perkins 1983
29% Young Doctors in Love Oliver Ludwig 1982
50% One From the Heart Moe 1982
87% Escape from New York Brain 1981
81% Private Benjamin Sgt. Jim Ballard 1980
73% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View) Vincent Ferriman 1980
40% The Black Marble Philo Skinner 1980
No Score Yet The Oldest Living Graduate Actor 1980
76% The Rose Billy Ray 1979
86% Wise Blood Asa Hawks 1979
97% Alien Brett 1979
No Score Yet Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers C.W. Douglas 1979
86% Straight Time Jerry Schue 1978
50% Renaldo and Clara Actor 1978
76% The Missouri Breaks Calvin 1976
No Score Yet Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins (Rafferty and the Highway Hustlers) Billy Winston 1975
No Score Yet 92 in the Shade Faron Carter 1975
80% Farewell, My Lovely Billy Rolfe 1975
69% Rancho Deluxe Curt 1975
100% Cockfighter Jack Burke 1974
97% The Godfather, Part II FBI Man 1 1974
No Score Yet Where the Lilies Bloom Kiser Pease 1974
No Score Yet Zandy's Bride (For Better, for Worse) Songer 1974
92% Dillinger Homer Van Meter 1973
85% Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid Luke 1973
No Score Yet Cisco Pike Jesse Dupre 1972
No Score Yet Win, Place or Steal Actor 1972
94% Two-Lane Blacktop Oklahoma Hitchhiker 1971
76% Kelly's Heroes Willard 1970
No Score Yet Rebel Rousers Rebel 1969
No Score Yet The Mini-Skirt Mob Spook 1968
No Score Yet Day of the Evil Gun Sgt. Parker 1968
No Score Yet A Time for Killing Way 1967
No Score Yet The Hostage Eddie 1967
91% Ride in the Whirlwind Blind Dick 1967
100% Cool Hand Luke Edgar "Tramp" Potter 1967
No Score Yet The Man from the Diners' Club Beatnik 1963
86% How the West Was Won Outlaw 1963
No Score Yet Hero's Island Dixey 1962
No Score Yet The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Slave catcher 1960
80% Pork Chop Hill MacFarland 1959
No Score Yet The Proud Rebel Jeb Burleigh 1958
No Score Yet Revolt at Fort Laramie Rinty 1957
No Score Yet Tomahawk Trail Pvt. Miller 1957
No Score Yet It's a Big Country Official 1951
93% Father of the Bride Actor 1950
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed Actor 1936


92% Getting On
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89% Chuck
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79% Big Love
Roman Grant
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No Score Yet Alice
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63% Two and a Half Men
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No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
Guest Host
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No Score Yet Laverne & Shirley
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No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Nate Alvie Hodge Young Man Leader Leroy Rainey
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No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
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No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
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No Score Yet The Fugitive
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No Score Yet Bonanza
Billy Stiles
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No Score Yet Rawhide
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No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
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No Score Yet Hotel Room