Enjoy the Silence: Happy Birthday, Harry Dean Stanton!

“It’s been a favorite feeling in my whole life to be able to communicate without talking,” Harry Dean Stanton once said. “Communicating in silence in a powerful thing.” And when you look back on his extensive career, Stanton has spent his life playing roles that hinge on the moments in between. So much of his strength comes from his ability to emote without uttering a single word—his face, his body language, just the way he holds a cigarette speaks volumes above everyone else. With a depth of emotion and personality as cavernous and rough as the wrinkles that have given his face its distinction over the years, Stanton has become an staple of American cinema, working with some of the most iconic directors from David Lynch and Wim Wenders to Arthur Penn and John Huston.

So as today is his birthday, let’s take a look back on some of the best HDS moments—from his days as character actor, to his most fascinating and immersive role in Paris, Texas and that which has come after. Enjoy.

HARRY DEAN STANTON: PARTLY FICTION

STANTON SINGS “CANCION MIXTECA”

DREAM: A TRIBUTE TO JACK NICHOLSON

Carl Rodd in FIRE WALK WITH ME

Travis Henderson in PARIS, TEXAS

Jerry Schue in THE STRAIGHT STORY

Bud in REPO MAN

Tramp in COOL HAND LUKE

Johnnie Farragut in WILD AT HEART

Saul / Paul in THE LAST TEMPTATION OF CHRIST

Calvin in THE MISSOURI BREAKS

Jack Walsh in PRETTY IN PINK

Jerry Schue in STRAIGHT TIME

Asa Hawks in WISE BLOOD

Detective Rudolph Junkins in CHRISTINE

Brett in ALIEN

Freddie Howard in INLAND EMPIRE

HDS ON LETTERMAN, OCTOBER 1984

Toot-Toot in THE GREEN MILE

Jesse Dupre in CISCO PIKE

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