Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton (* July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky ) is an American actor and musician. He is considered one of the most versatile supporting actor in American cinema.


Stanton served in World War II, then studied at the University of Kentucky where he performed in a production of George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion. He went to California at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse. Stanton got first film roles, and quickly gained a reputation as a reliable, due to its characteristic features striking Supporting Actor. In 1984, he got one of his few starring roles in Wim Wenders' film Paris, Texas. He often plays self-reliant, mysterious figures.

In mostly short but succinct roles he fell on in popular films such as Alien and The Last Temptation of Christ. He turned several times with David Lynch, for the first time as a private investigator in Wild at Heart (1990 ), to date the last time in 2006 in the Inland Empire.

The influential film critic Roger Ebert formulated the Stanton - Walsh Rule, according to which no film in the Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh play a supporting role, could be entirely bad.

Stanton is an avid singer and guitarist. The Harry Dean Stanton Band playing together for more than a decade. She has regular appearances in Los Angeles with their mix of country music, pop, jazz, Tex- Mex and mariachi music.

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