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Harry Dean Stanton, Quintessential American Actor, Dies at 91

Stanton played Travis, that reconnects with his brother, played with Dean Stockwell, after being lost for 4 years. In a 2010 episode of NBC’s “Chuck,” Stanton reprised his “Repo Man” character.

Stanton too led his own band, 1st known as Harry Dean Stanton & the Repo Men & later simply as the Harry Dean Stanton Band, & would play pickup gigs in L.A. ambit clubs.
The character actor was the subject of 2 documentaries: 2011’s “Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland” & Sophie Huber’s 2013 “Harry Dean Stanton: partially Fiction,” that featured interviews with Wenders, Shepard, Kris Kristofferson, & Lynch.
He never married, though he has told he has “one or 2 children.
Harry Dean Stanton, ‘Big Love,’ ‘Twin Peaks’ Star, Dies at 91

Harry Dean Stanton, Character Actor that Became a Star, Dies at 91

But he remembered largely unknown to the puplic public until 1984, the time the seemingly impossible, or at least the unexpected, happened: Mr. Stanton, the quintessential backing player, became a leading man.
In 2014 he launched an album, “Harry Dean Stanton: partially Fiction,” consisting of songs he sang on the soundtrack of a documentary about him with the same name.
PhotoHarry Dean Stanton was born in West Irvine, Ky., a small city southeast of Lexington, on July 14, 1926, the son of Sheridan Stanton, a tobacco farmer that too worked as a barber, & the previous Ersel Moberly, a cook.
Advertisement still reading the major storyMr. Stanton — that was often billed as Dean Stanton early in his career to avert confusion with another character actor, Harry Stanton — made his 1st TV appearance in 1954 in an episode of “Inner Sanctum,” a syndicated secret & suspense anthology series.
Even as his profile rose, Mr. Stanton expressed some disappointment in his career.

 

 

 

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