Harry Dean Stanton, died yesterday, September 15, at age 91 peacefully at Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.
Stanton was an American actor, musician, and singer. Since 1956, for over 60 year’s career he appeared in about 70 movies and many TV shows.
As an actor Stanton played himself dressing his strong physical presence with the character’s wardrobe giving a meaning to the roles which weren’t always leading or supporting roles.
"Harry Dean Stanton was one of those actors who know that his face is the story,” said his friend and college Sam Shepard in “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction.” documentary.
Stanton worked with many of Hollywood’s most notable directors, including Frances Ford Coppola at “The Godfather Part Two”, Martin Scorsese at “The Last Temptation of Christ”, and Ridley Scott at “Alien”.
The 2001 parody film "Not Another Teen Movie" paid tribute to Stanton by naming the high school's athletic field "Harry Dean Stadium".
Stanton was always singing but he wanted to be an actor, so he decided to do it all. With the “Harry Dean Stanton Band” he played regularly guitar and harmonica in Los Angeles nightclubs or on tour around USA.
Stanton was born July 14, 1926, in West Irvine, Kentucky. His father, a tobacco farmer and his mother a hairdresser divorced when Stanton was in high school.
While attending the University of Kentucky, Stanton became interested in acting and pursued acting at the prestigious Pasadena Playhouse in California.
In World War II Stanton was U.S. Navy solder. During the Battle of Okinawa Stanton served as a cook aboard Landing Ship Tank.
Harry Dean Stanton never married and to the question, “how he would like to be remembered?” Stanton replied: “It doesn’t matter.”