Harry Dean Stanton

  • Birth Name: Harry Dean Stanton
  • Birth Place: West Irvine, Kentucky, United States
  • Died: September 15, 2017
  • Profession: Actor, Musician
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  • Served in the U.S. Navy during WWII.
  • Sang in a barbershop quartet while in high school and later toured the U.S. with a Baptist choir.
  • Studied theater at the Pasadena Playhouse.
  • An early acting job was on the first episode of the show Suspicion titled "Four O'Clock" directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1957.
  • Roomed with Jack Nicholson for two and a half years in the Hollywood Hills during the 1960s.
  • Breakout role came in 1984 at age 58 as a mostly silent drifter in director Wim Wender's Paris, Texas.
  • An accomplished musician who led his own group, the Harry Dean Stanton Band, originally known as Harry Dean Stanton and the Repo Men.
  • To help maintain its secrecy, learned of the demise of his character Roman Grant on the HBO show Big Love shortly before filming.
  • Voiced the part of a prairie dog in Rango (2011).


  • 1999, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee


  • Archie Stanton — Brother
  • Ralph Stanton — Brother
  • Sheridan Harry Stanton — Father
  • Ersel Stanton — Mother


  • Attended University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, United States

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