Know Your “That Guy”: Harry Dean Stanton

Harry Dean Stanton

Born: July 14, 1926

Number of Roles: 175

Best Known for Playing: Cowboys and just generally grizzled men.

First Appearance: Andrew on Inner Sanctum (1954)

Most Recent Appearance: Harry on Chuck (Chuck vs. The Anniversary) (2010)

Notable Roles:

  • Brain in Escape from New York
  • Detective Jenkins in Christine
  • Mr. Eckert in Red Dawn
  • Jack Walsh in Pretty in Pink
  • Brett in Alien
  • CPO Howard in Down Periscope
  • Judge in Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Cotton Harry in Fire Down Below
  • Toot Toot in The Green Mile
  • Roman Grant on Big Love
  • Tramp in Cool Hand Luke
  • Bud in Repo Man

Fun Facts:

  • Formed his own band called The Harry Dean Stanton Band.
  • Was known as “Dean Stanton” until 1971 to avoid getting confused with actor Harry Stanton
  • Served in the Navy during World War II
  • Lived with Jack Nicholson for a time.

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