Harry Dean Stanton is a prolific and legendary actor who has appeared in over 160 films from the 50's to the present day.
Born in Kentucky, he served in World War II before appearing in a University of Kentucky production of ‘Pygmalion.’ After honing his craft at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse, his first on-screen role was in ‘Tomahawk Trail’ in 1957.
Following this, Harry had numerous smaller roles in television and film in the late 50's and early 60's, including ‘Rawhide’ and ‘Bonanza’ and films such as ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ in 1960.
In 1967, Harry was cast in ‘Cool Hand Luke.’ Some of the other classic films he appeared include ‘Kelly's Heroes,’ ‘Dillinger,’ ‘The Godfather: Part II’ and ‘Alien.’ In ’Escape from New York’ in 1981, Harry played a cunning scientist for John Carpenter. Wim Wenders cast Harry in ‘Paris, Texas’ in 1984 and Alex Cox used him to great effect opposite Emilio Estevez in the cult film ‘Repo Man’ in the same year. In 1986, John Hughes cast Harry against type as a suburban father in ‘Pretty in Pink.’ David Lynch's ‘Wild at Heart’ in 1990 gave Harry another memorable role, this time as an ill-fated private investigator. Lynch also cast Harry in ‘Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me’ in 1992 and ‘The Straight Story’ in 1999.
Harry has remained active in recent cinema with appearances in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’ for Terry Gilliam, ‘The Green Mile’ for Frank Darabont, ‘The Pledge’ for Sean Penn and more recently in ‘The Wendell Baker Story’ for Andrew and Luke Wilson.
In addition to his acting, Harry is also a musician in the mariachi-playing The Harry Dean Stanton Band.