Harry Dean Stanton

Actor, Musician, Tobacco harvester
A prolific supporting player for over five decades, Harry Dean Stanton inspired film critic Roger Ebert to declare, "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether ... Read more »
Born: 07/14/1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky, USA


Actor (120)

Twin Peaks 2016 - 2017 (TV Show)


Getting On 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)


9 Full Moons 2014 (Movie)

Dimitri (Actor)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Seven Psychopaths 2012 (Movie)

Man In Hat (Actor)

The Avengers 2012 (Movie)

Security Guard (Actor)

This Must Be the Place 2012 (Movie)

Robert Plath (Actor)

Rango 2011 (Movie)

Balthazar (Voice)

Alice 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)


Big Love 2005 - 2010 (Tv Show)


The Open Road 2009 (Movie)

Amon (Actor)

Alpha Dog 2007 (Movie)

Cosmo Gadabeeti (Actor)

The Wendell Baker Story 2007 (Movie)

Skip Summers (Actor)

Alien Autopsy 2006 (Movie)

Harvey (Actor)

Inland Empire 2006 (Movie)

Freddie Howard (Actor)

The Good Life 2006 (Movie)

Gus (Actor)

Chrystal 2005 (Movie)

Pa Da (Actor)

The Big Bounce 2004 (Movie)

Bob Rogers Sr (Actor)

Ginostra 2002 (Movie)


Sonny 2002 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

Lost in the Pershing Point Hotel 2001 (Movie)


The Man Who Cried 2001 (Movie)

Felix Perlman (Actor)

The Pledge 2001 (Movie)

Floyd Cage (Actor)

Ballad of the Nightingale 1999 (Movie)


Dwight's Video Bio 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)


One Hundred and One Nights 1999 (Movie)

Furtive and Friendly Appearance (Actor)

The Green Mile 1999 (Movie)

Toot-Toot (Actor)

The Straight Story 1999 (Movie)

Lyle (Actor)

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas 1998 (Movie)

Judge (Actor)

The Mighty 1998 (Movie)

Grim (Actor)

Fire Down Below 1997 (Movie)

Cotton (Actor)

She's So Lovely 1997 (Movie)

Shorty (Actor)

Down Periscope 1996 (Movie)

Howard (Actor)

Larry McMurtry's Dead Man's Walk 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Midnight Blue 1996 (Movie)


The Band 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)


Ben Johnson: Third Cowboy On the Right 1995 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Never Talk to Strangers 1995 (Movie)

Max Cheski (Actor)

Playback 1995 (Movie)


Hostages 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Hotel Room 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)


Man Trouble 1992 (Movie)

Redmond Layls (Actor)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me 1992 (Movie)

Carl Rodd (Actor)

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)


The Fourth War 1990 (Movie)

General Hackworth (Actor)

Wild At Heart 1990 (Movie)

Johnnie Farragut (Actor)

Dream A Little Dream 1989 (Movie)

Ike Baker (Actor)

Motion and Emotion 1989 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Twister 1989 (Movie)

Eugene Cleveland (Actor)

Mr. North 1988 (Movie)

Henry Simmons (Actor)

Stars & Bars 1988 (Movie)

Loomis Gage (Actor)

The Last Temptation of Christ 1988 (Movie)

Saul/Paul (Actor)

Faerie Tale Theatre 1982 - 1987 (TV Show)


Slam Dance 1987 (Movie)

Detective Smiley (Actor)

Deja View 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)


Pretty in Pink 1986 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

UFOria 1986 (Movie)

Brother Bud (Actor)

Fool For Love 1985 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

One Magic Christmas 1985 (Movie)

Gideon (Actor)

The Care Bears Movie 1985 (Movie)

of Lion (Voice)

Paris, Texas 1984 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Mr Eckert (Actor)

Repo Man 1984 (Movie)

Bud (Actor)

The Bear 1984 (Movie)

Coach Thomas (Actor)

Christine 1983 (Movie)

Rudolph Junkins (Actor)

I Want to Live 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)


Young Doctors in Love 1982 (Movie)

Dr Oliver Ludwig (Actor)

Escape From New York 1981 (Movie)

Harold Helman--The (Actor)

One From the Heart 1981 (Movie)

Moe (Actor)

Deathwatch 1980 (Movie)

Vincent Ferriman (Actor)

Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

Sergeant Jim Ballard (Actor)

The Black Marble 1980 (Movie)

Philo (Actor)

Young Maverick 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)


Alien 1979 (Movie)

Brett (Actor)

Wise Blood 1979 (Movie)

Asa Hawks (Actor)

Straight Time 1978 (Movie)

Jerry Schue (Actor)

The Rose 1978 (Movie)

Billy Ray (Actor)

Renaldo & Clara 1976 (Movie)


92 in the Shade 1975 (Movie)

Carter (Actor)

Farewell, My Lovely 1975 (Movie)

Billy Rolfe (Actor)

Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins 1975 (Movie)

Billy Winston (Actor)

Rancho Deluxe 1975 (Movie)

Curt (Actor)

The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)


The Missouri Breaks 1975 (Movie)

Calvin (Actor)

Cockfighter 1974 (Movie)

Jack Burke (Actor)

The Godfather, Part II 1974 (Movie)

FBI Man No 1 (Actor)

Where the Lilies Bloom 1974 (Movie)

Kiser Pease (Actor)

Win, Place or Steal 1974 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

Zandy's Bride 1974 (Movie)


Dillinger 1973 (Movie)

Homer Van Meter (Actor)

Cisco Pike 1972 (Movie)

Cisco's Partner (Actor)

Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1972 (Movie)


Face to the Wind 1971 (Movie)

Luke Todd (Actor)

Two-Lane Blacktop 1971 (Movie)

Hitchhiker (Actor)

Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

Willard (Actor)

Rebel Rousers 1970 (Movie)

Rebel (Actor)

Cool Hand Luke 1967 (Movie)

Tramp (Actor)

Day of the Evil Gun 1967 (Movie)

Sergeant Parker (Actor)

Ride in the Whirlwind 1966 (Movie)

Blind Dick (Actor)

The Long Ride Home 1966 (Movie)

Sergeant Dan Way (Actor)

The Hostage 1965 (Movie)

Eddie (Actor)

The Man From the Diner's Club 1962 (Movie)

1st Beatnik (Actor)

Hero's Island 1961 (Movie)

Dixey (Actor)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 1960 (Movie)

Slave Catcher (Actor)

Pork Chop Hill 1959 (Movie)

MacFarland (Actor)

Proud Rebel 1958 (Movie)

Jeb Burleigh (Actor)

The Wrong Man 1956 (Movie)

Department of Correction Officer (Actor)

Secret of the Incas 1954 (Movie)

Mr Richmond (Actor)

Dream Wife 1953 (Movie)

Man (Actor)

Against the Wall (TV Show)


Blue Tiger (TV Show)


Father of the Bride (Movie)


Payoff (TV Show)


The Oldest Living Graduate (TV Show)


The Pay Off (Movie)


Tobacco Blues (TV Show)

Music (4)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

Music Performer (Music)

Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction 2013 (Movie)

("Blue Moon") (Song Performer)

The Bounty Hunter 1989 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Animal Factory (TV Show)



A prolific supporting player for over five decades, Harry Dean Stanton inspired film critic Roger Ebert to declare, "No movie featuring either Harry Dean Stanton or M. Emmet Walsh in a supporting role can be altogether bad." Of course, there were a few misfires along the way, but most were redeemed by the actor's strength for playing haggard men with battered souls. Stanton was well-liked and utilized by some of modern cinema's most visionary directors including Sam Peckinpah, David Lynch, Martin Scorsese, Sean Penn and Wim Wenders. It was Wenders who launched Stanton's late career breakout when he cast him in an acclaimed leading role in "Paris, Texas" (1984), but prior to that quietly haunting performance, Stanton spent 25 years playing hard-bitten outlaws in notable films like "Cool Hand Luke" (1967), "Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid" (1973) and "The Rose" (1979). Stanton was transformed into a wizened cult figure of the American indie film scene with "Repo Man" (1984), "The Last Temptation of Christ" (1988), and "She's So Lovely" (1996) - to say nothing of his fatherly turn in "Pretty in Pink" (1986) and his unforgettable role as one of the doomed Nostromo crew of "Alien" (1979). A restless, unconventional spirit off-camera, Stanton always lent a sympathetic realness to the menacing criminals and barroom-dwelling outsiders he stashed beneath his craggy face and wiry, worn frame.


Rebecca De Mornay Actor

Dated 1982-83 No longer together

Sheridan Stanton

Divorced wife when Harry was in high school; later remarried

Ersel Stanton

Divorced husband when Stanton was in high school; later remarried

Archie Stanton


Ralph Stanton



Pasadena Playhouse

Pasadena , California
classmates included Gene Hackman and Robert Duvall; studied for four years

Lafayette High School


University of Kentucky

Lexington , Kentucky
attended for three years



Made cameo in superhero blockbuster "The Avengers"


Cast in ensemble crime comedy "Seven Psychopaths"


Voiced Balthazar in Gore Verbinski's animated feature "Rango"


Played the Caterpillar in SyFy fantasy miniseries "Alice"


Cast as Roman Grant, the prophet of the Juniper Creek compound on HBO drama series "Big Love"


Reteamed with director David Lynch to star in "Inland Empire"


Appeared in "The Wendell Baker Story" for Andrew and Luke Wilson


Played opposite Jack Nicholson in "The Pledge" for director Sean Penn


Cast in "The Green Mile" for director Frank Darabont


Appeared in the feature adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas" for Terry Gilliam


Co-starred in ABC miniseries "Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk'"


Starred in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me"


Played a soft-hearted, but ill-fated private investigator in David Lynch's "Wild at Heart"


Played Saul (Paul) in "The Last Temptation of Christ"


Played Molly Ringwald's father in "Pretty in Pink"


Cast in the quirky cult film "Repo Man," by indie director Alex Cox


Landed first screen lead in Wim Wenders directed "Paris, Texas"


Cast in Ridley Scott's sci-fi thriller "Alien"


Made TV-movie debut in "Flatbed Annie & Sweetpie: Lady Truckers" (CBS)


Cast in Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather, Part II," as an FBI agent protecting Michael V. Gazzo


Played a convict who sings gospel tunes to Paul Newman in "Cool Hand Luke"


Made unsold CBS pilot


Played villain opposite Alan Ladd in "The Proud Rebel"


Moved to Hollywood and made screen debut in "Tomahawk Trail"

Served in the Navy during WWII

Roomed with Jack Nicholson in the late 1960s

Decided to pursue acting career after starring in college production of "Pygmalion"

Raised in Kentucky

Moved to Pasadena, CA, to study acting

Moved to New York; joined Strawbridge Children's Theatre

Joined the American Male Chorus

Bonus Trivia


Stanton was also an accomplished musician. The Harry Dean Stanton Band and their unique spin on Mariachi music played together for well over a decade.


Stanton was a cult figure of cinema and music, and when Deborah Harry sang the lyrics "I want to dance with Harry Dean..." in Blondie's 1989 hit "I Want That Man," she was talking about him.