He was one of those guys that you see popping up in just about every other movie or show. Whether he was in the background, or the lead actor, there was always an authentic approach to every role. Here are some of Harry Dean Stanton’s best.
Escape From New York (1981) Mostly filmed in the St Louis area, this John Carpenter dark sci-fi film has Stanton playing a guy named “Brain” helping his buddy “Snake” break out of Manhattan which has been turned into the nation’s only maximum-security prison.
Repo Man (1984) Punk-noir film co-starring Emilio Estevez as two men repossessing cars from the ordinary people in Los Angeles.
Paris, Texas (1984) Stanton plays a man who has reappeared in the desert with only a name and number eventually leading to a strange reunion with loved ones from his past. With Wim Wenders directing and Sam Shepard writing the script, it was the perfect movie for his first starring role.