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Harry Dean Stanton

Highest Rated:   100% Lucky (2017)
Lowest Rated:   0% Dream a Little Dream (1989)
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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

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Lucky
  • Lucky
2017
No Score Yet Lucky
  • Lucky
2017
No Score Yet 9 Full Moons
  • Dimitri
2014
No Score Yet Fishtail
  • Actor
2014
92% Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction
  • Actor
2013
60% The Last Stand
  • Actor
$12.1M 2013
65% 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
87% 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
55% Alpha Dog
  • Cosmo Gadabeeti
$15.2M 2007
71% Alien Autopsy
  • Harvey
2006
72% Inland Empire
  • Freddie Howard
2006
21% 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
43% Anger Management
  • Blind Man
$133.8M 2003
83% 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
80% 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
61% Twin Peaks - Fire Walk with Me
  • Carl
1992
7% Man Trouble
  • Redmond
1992
No Score Yet Hotel Room
  • Actor
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
82% 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
80% Pretty in Pink
  • Jack Walsh
1986
60% The Care Bears Movie
  • Brave Heart Lion
1985
75% Fool for Love
  • Old Man
1985
50% One Magic Christmas
  • Gideon
1985
100% Paris, Texas
  • Travis Henderson
1984
No Score Yet The Bear
  • Coach Thomas
1984
48% Red Dawn
  • Mr. Eckert
1984
98% Repo Man
  • Bud
1984
68% Christine
  • Rudolph Junkins
1983
No Score Yet I Want to Live!
  • Emmett Perkins
1983
31% Young Doctors in Love
  • Oliver Ludwig
1982
48% One From the Heart
  • Moe
1982
86% Escape from New York
  • Brain
1981
81% Private Benjamin
  • Sgt. Jim Ballard
1980
79% La Mort en direct (Death Watch) (Death in Full View)
  • Vincent Ferriman
1980
No Score Yet The Black Marble
  • Philo Skinner
1980
No Score Yet The Oldest Living Graduate
  • Actor
1980
86% The Rose
  • Billy Ray
1979
89% Wise Blood
  • Asa Hawks
1979
97% Alien
  • Brett
1979
No Score Yet Flatbed Annie & Sweetiepie: Lady Truckers
  • C.W. Douglas
1979
83% Straight Time
  • Jerry Schue
1978
40% Renaldo and Clara
  • Actor
1978
79% 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
84% Farewell, My Lovely
  • Billy Rolfe
1975
69% Rancho Deluxe
  • Curt
1975
No Score Yet 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
83% 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
80% 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
100% 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
100% 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
No Score Yet 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 It's a Big Country
  • Official
1951
93% Father of the Bride
  • Actor
1950
No Score Yet The Cowboy Creed
  • Actor
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
86% Getting On
2013-2014
  • Leonard
  • 2013
87% Chuck
2007-2012
  • Actor
  • 2010
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Roman Grant
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2007
  • 2006
No Score Yet Alice
2009
  • Caterpillar
  • 2009
No Score Yet Two and a Half Men
2003-2015
  • Himself
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host
  • Guest
  • 1986

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