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Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton grew up near Lexington, Kentucky. Following WWII service with the Navy, he attended the University of Kentucky, where he pursued acting. He moved to Los Angeles, where he continued his acting studies at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse, making his stage debut there in the 1950s.

Stanton has appeared in over 80 feature films dating back to 1957. In his four decades onscreen, he has worked for some of the industry's most acclaimed directors, including Wim Wenders (Paris, Texas, winner of the 1984 Palme D'Or at the Cannes Film Festival), John Huston (Wise Blood), Ridley Scott (Alien), Arthur Penn (The Missouri Breaks), John Frankenheimer (The Fourth War, HBO's Against the Wall), John Carpenter (Escape from New York, Christine), David Lynch (Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me), Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, Part II, One from the Heart), Robert Altman (Fool for Love), Martin Scorsese (The Last Temptation of Christ), Sam Peckinpah (Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid) and Lewis Milestone (Pork Chop Hill). He also appeared on the TV anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

He just completed The Man Who Cried in Paris with Cate Blanchett and Johnny Depp. He also recently co-starred opposite Sean Penn and John Travolta in Nick Cassavettes' She's So Lovely, and with Sharon Stone and Gena Rowlands in The Mighty. Other notable film credits include Repo Man, Mr. North, Stars & Bars, Red Dawn, Private Benjamin, The Black Marble, Renaldo and Clara, Straight Time, 92 in the Shade, Farewell, My Lovely, Rancho Deluxe, Zandy's Bride, Dillinger, Cisco Pike, Two Lane Blacktop, Kelly's Heroes and Cool Hand Luke.

Dabbs Greer (elderly Paul Edgecomb) joins The Green Mile as his 100th feature film performance. Among his many credits are Con Air, Pacific Heights, Million Dollar Mermaid and My Man Godfrey (1957). Greer once before played a prison guard: opposite Susan Hayward's Oscar-winning performance in I Want to Live!

Greer has appeared in over 570 television episodes, including such shows as Ally McBeal, L.A. Law, Charlie's Angels, The Fugitive and The Dick Van Dyke Show. He was a series regular on Big Town, Gunsmoke, The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and The Little House on the Prairie.

Greer also has extensive theater experience as an actor and director.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.

Harry Dean Stanton Facts

BirthdayJuly 14, 1926 (97)
BirthplaceWest Irvine, Kentucky, USA

Selected Filmography

Down Periscope
The Green Mile
Alpha Dog
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Alien: The Director's Cut
9 Full Moons
Fire Down Below
Alien Quadrilogy Blu-ray
Evan Almighty
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