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In 'Partly Fiction,' Harry Dean Stanton looks back at his 59 years in film

by Patt Morrison | Off-Ramp®

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Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction opens in Los Angeles on September 13, 2013. Courtesy of Adopt Films

"He's a walkin' contradiction partly truth and partly fiction...Taking every wrong direction on his lonely way back home"

- Kris Kristofferson, The Pilgrim: Chapter 33

Harry Dean Stanton is a man of many roles. Maybe 200 of them.

There’s hardly a film genre of note in the past 50 years that his lean, wrinkle-seamed face hasn’t appeared in: "Cool Hand Luke," "Godfather Part 2," "Alien," "Missouri Breaks,"  "Pretty in Pink," "Rango,"  "Repo Man," and the list goes on and on. 

Onscreen, he is the consummate character actor, appearing unmannered in his style but letter-perfect about the work. Offscreen, he is a man of few words.

In a new documentary called “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction,” he lets his music do much of the talking about his life, as he explains it, sort of, to KPCC’s Patt Morrison.


The documentary “Harry Dean Stanton: Partly Fiction” opens September 13 at the Nuart in Los Angeles.

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