Harry Dean Stanton

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For more than 60 years, Harry Dean Stanton played crooks and codgers, eccentrics and losers.  He endowed them with pathos and compassion and animated them with his gaunt, unforgettable presence, making would-be fringe figures feel central to the films appeared in.

Kentucky-born actor Harry Dean Stanton has been the subject of a film festival in Lexington for the past three years.