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Harry Dean Stanton (1926–2017)

Prolific character actor Harry Dean Stanton's drooping, weather-beaten appearance and superb acting talent have been his ticket to appearing in over 100 films, and 50 TV episodes. Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Stanton served as a cook in the U.S. Navy ... See full bio »

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The Green Mile
The Green Mile Toot-Toot
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 2017 Frank and Ava (post-production)
Sheriff Lloyd
 2017 Lucky
 2017 Sick of it All
News Reporter
 2013 9 Full Moons
 2013 The Last Stand
Mr. Parsons (uncredited)
 2011 This Must Be the Place
Robert Plath
 2011 Rango
Balthazar (voice)
 2010 On Holiday
Josh the Roommate's Dad
 2006 You, Me and Dupree
Curly (uncredited)
 2006 Alpha Dog
Cosmo Gadabeeti
 2004 The Big Bounce
Bob Rogers, Sr.
 2004 Chrystal
Pa Da
 2003 Anger Management
Blind Man (uncredited)
 2002 Ginostra
Del Piero
 2002 Sonny
 2001 The Animal
Hunter (uncredited)
 2001/I The Pledge
Floyd Cage
 2000 Sand
 1999 The Straight Story
 1998 A Civil Action
Land Watcher (uncredited)
 1998 The Mighty
 1997 Fire Down Below
Cotton Harry
 1997 Midnight Blue
 1996 Playback
Ernie Fontenot
 1995 Never Talk to Strangers
Max Cheski
 1995 One Hundred and One Nights
Un acteur muet à Hollywood (complete version) (uncredited)
 1994 Blue Tiger
 1992 Man Trouble
Redmond Layls
 1990 The Fourth War
Gen. Hackworth
 1989 Twister
 1989 Dream a Little Dream
Ike Baker
 1988 Mr. North
Henry Simmons
 1988 Stars and Bars
Loomis Gage
 1987 Slam Dance
Det. Benjamin Smiley
 1985 Fool for Love
Old Man
 1985 One Magic Christmas
 1985 UFOria
Brother Bud Sanders
 1984 The Bear
Coach Thomas
 1984 Repo Man
 1981 One from the Heart
 1980 Private Benjamin
Sgt. Jim Ballard
 1980 The Black Marble
Philo Skinner
 1979 The Rose
Billy Ray
 1979 Alien
 1979 Wise Blood
Asa Hawks
 1978 Up in Smoke
Police officer (scenes deleted)
 1978 Straight Time
Jerry Schue
 1978 Renaldo and Clara
 1975 92 in the Shade
 1975 The Fortune
Prisoner in Holding Cell (uncredited)
 1975 Rancho Deluxe
 1975 Rafferty and the Gold Dust Twins
Billy Winston
 1974 Win, Place or Steal
 1974 Cockfighter
Jack Burke
 1974 Zandy's Bride
 1974 Where the Lilies Bloom
Kiser Pease
 1972 Cry for Me, Billy
Luke Todd
 1972 Cisco Pike
Jesse Dupre (as H.D. Stanton)
 1971 Two-Lane Blacktop
Oklahoma Hitchhiker (as H.D. Stanton)
 1970 Kelly's Heroes
Willard (as Dean Stanton)
 1970 The Rebel Rousers
Randolph Halverson (as Dean Stanton)
 1968 The Mini-Skirt Mob
 1968 Day of the Evil Gun
Sergeant Parker (as Dean Stanton)
 1967 Cool Hand Luke
Tramp (as Dean Stanton)
 1967 The Hostage
Eddie (as Dean Stanton)
 1967 A Time for Killing
Sgt. Dan Way (as Dean Stanton)
 1967 In the Heat of the Night
Police Officer (uncredited)
 1966 Ride in the Whirlwind
Blind Dick (as Dean Stanton)
 1963 The Man from the Diners' Club
Beatnik (uncredited)
 1962 How the West Was Won
Gant Henchman (uncredited)
 1962 Hero's Island
Dixey Gates (as Dean Stanton)
 1960 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Slave Catcher (as Dean Stanton)
 1959 A Dog's Best Friend
Roy Janney (as Dean Stanton)
 1959 The Jayhawkers!
Deputy Smallwood (uncredited)
 1959 Pork Chop Hill
U.S. Soldier with BAR (Browning Automatic Rifle) (uncredited)
 1958 Voice in the Mirror
Hysterical Patient in Psychiatric Ward (uncredited)
 1958 The Proud Rebel
Jeb Burleigh (as Dean Stanton)
 1957 Tomahawk Trail
Pvt. Miller (as Dean Stanton)
 1956 The Wrong Man
Department of Corrections Employee (uncredited)
 1956 Revolt at Fort Laramie
Rinty (uncredited)
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Other Works:

(Late 1980s) Music video: Appeared in the music video for Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale". See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Biographical Movie | 2 Interviews | 5 Articles | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Dan Stanton | Dean Stanton | H.D. Stanton | Harry Stanton


5' 8" (1.73 m)

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It's certainly not an ideal situation. I don't want to be whipping myself to the point where I have no joy in doing it, you know? But that has been a problem with too many artists -- too much pain and not enough joy. I want to be able to work and enjoy it more and it takes a lifetime to learn that. I'm enjoying it more and more; I'm learning that. Someone printed on a Thai temple, "How joyous I ... See more »


Stanton has been named as a favorite actor by characters in novels by Elmore Leonard. Skip Gibbs, a serial bomber in the novel Freaky Deaky, watches Straight Time (1978) because Stanton is his favorite actor. Two characters in Leonard's novel Maximum Bob chat about how much the novel's title character resembles Stanton, an actor they both admire. Stanton did not appear in the Maximum Bob (1998) ... See more »

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