Harry Dean Stanton is an American actor born on July 14, 1926 in West Irvine, Kentucky. After serving in World War II, Stanton went on to attend and graduate from the University of Kentucky. Following that, he moved to California where he studied at the Pasadena Playhouse. Stanton's acting career began with a small part in the 1954 television series Inner Sanctum. Stanton would act regularly in film and on television for almost three decades before breaking through with a leading role in Sam Shepard's 1984 film, Paris, Texas. Since then, he has appeared often in high-profile Hollywood films, including Pretty in Pink, The Last Temptation of Christ, The Green Mile and Rango. Stanton also played a leading role as the head of a cult in the HBO television series, Big Love. When not acting, Stanton regularly tours the country as a musician, collaborating with notable musicians such as Ry Cooder and Dwight Yoakam.