Ten fun facts about Harry Dean Stanton


Fact 1
Stanton's career has spanned over fifty years.

Fact 2
In the late 2000s, he played a recurring role in the HBO television series Big Love.

Fact 3
His family had a musical background.


Fact 4
Stanton is a US Navy veteran of World War II. He served as a cook aboard an LST during the Battle of Okinawa.

Fact 5
Stanton has also occasionally toured nightclubs as a singer/guitarist, playing mostly country-inflected cover tunes.

Fact 6
In 2011, the Lexington Film League created a festival to honor Stanton in the city where he spent much of his adolescence.

Fact 7
Stanton attended Lafayette High School and the University of Kentucky in Lexington where he performed at the Guignol Theatre under the direction of UK theater icon Wallace Briggs.

Fact 8
He studied journalism and radio arts.

Fact 9
For a 2011 documentary, Harry Dean Stanton: Crossing Mulholland, he sang and played the harmonica.

Fact 10
He studied at the Pasadena Playhouse in Pasadena, California, where his classmates included his friends Tyler MacDuff and Dana Andrews.


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