Captain Spaulding on Skull Island

RIP Harry Dean Stanton

September 15th, 2017

Here’s the thing with Harry Dean Stanton – There aren’t a lot of movies that can necessarily be called “Harry Dean Stanton” Movies (Only “Paris, Texas, “Lucky”” and “Repo Man” come to mind).

He was more of a “Cool!  Harry Dean Stanton is in this!” kind of actor.  Even if he’s just sitting in the background, playing cards and smoking a cigarette, he makes a movie or TV show more interesting.  For instance – I got a big smile on my face when he showed up for his short scene in “The Avengers.”

Here are some favorites:

Two-Lane Blacktop, 1971

Alien, 1979

Escape From New York, 1981

Paris, Texas, 1984

Repo Man, 1984

Wild At Heart, 1990

The Straight Story, 1999

I assume I’ll add “Lucky” from this year to this list, once I see it.

And I really enjoyed the documentary about him, “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” 2012

Rest in Peace.


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