HARRY DEAN STANTON is probably best known for Paris,
Texas and Repo Man. Since he made his film debut in
1958 in The Proud Rebel, Stanton's diverse career has spanned
four decades and 70 films. Over the years, Stanton has made a
name for himself as one of the most outstanding actors in the
American cinema. Highly eclectic, he is probably better known
for his "bad guy" roles, but he has a predilection for
playing outsiders, misfits or crazy dreamers.
Stanton's' early credits include such classics as Pork Chop
Hill, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and Cool Hand
Luke. Later, he brought his presence to Farewell My Love,
Missouri Breaks and Escape from New York. In the seventies,
Stanton became associated with the new generation of maverick
filmmakers, appearing in Sam Peckinpah's Pat Garrett and Billy
the Kid, John Milius' Dillinger, Francis Coppola's
The Godfather, Part II, Ridley Scott's Alien, Monte
Hellman's Two-Lane Blacktop and The Cockfighter.
His performance in Wim Wenders' Paris, Texas netted him
the British Film Critics' Award as Best Actor, with the film winning
the coveted Golden Palm at the 1984 Cannes Film Festival. More
of his other off-beat projects which have achieved cult status
are: Bertrand Tavernier's Death Watch, Francis Coppola's
One From the Heart, Alex Cox's Repo Man and Sam
Shepard's Fool for Love.
Some of his other credits include Wise Blood, Private Benjamin,
One Magic Christmas, Pretty in Pink, Stars and Bars, Mr. North,
The Last Temptation of Christ, Wild at Heart, Man Trouble, Twin
Peaks--Fire Walk with Me, Hostages, Blue Tiger, and more recently
Never Talk to Strangers, Down Periscope, Midnight Blue, She's
De Lovely and Fire Down Below.
Born in a small town outside of Lexington, Kentucky, Stanton became
interested in acting while attending the University of Kentucky
after World War II service in the U.S. Navy. He went on to train
at the Pasadena Playhouse with classmates such as Gene Hackman
and Robert Duvall. He landed in Hollywood in 1957. Cast in his
first film the following year, he has been working regularly ever
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