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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 since.


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