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Stanton’s life as a could-have-been

Harry Dean Stanton’s life story is a litany of missed opportunities, said Dan Cairns in The Sunday Times (U.K.). “I’ve avoided success on a lot of levels,” admits Stanton, 88, a character actor who developed a cult following and the respect of other actors for his roles in such movies as Cool Hand Luke; Paris, Texas; and Wild at Heart. In the 1980s, director John Carpenter offered him the starring role in a TV series about a private investigator. “He said, ‘You’ll have more money, fame, and [women] than you’ve ever had.’” Stanton turned him down, for reasons he can’t explain. “I had the opportunities. But I didn’t take them.”

Gifted with a haunting voice, he also sang with some of the biggest rock stars of the 1960s and ’70s, including Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, and Kris Kristofferson. “I’ve been offered chances to make records before, by people like Ry Cooder and, what’s that big tall skinny guy? So I’ve had the offers, and I just, I don’t know, that’s been the way I’ve evolved.” A Buddhist, he doesn’t believe in indulging his ego or dwelling on the past, though he admits wishing he’d attended the Oscars. “I remember Bob De Niro invited me to go with him when he’d done Raging Bull. And I said, ‘I don’t have a tux.’ And he said, ‘Don’t worry, there’ll be others.’” Stanton wasn’t asked again. “I should have gone with him. I still regret that.”


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