Harry Dean Stanton … and the Recycled Cowboys

18 Oct

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HARRY DEAN STANTON

Celebrating Harry Dean Stanton’s Western Filmwork

Harry Dean Stanton didn’t appear in a lot of Westerns – yet he did appear in at least two of note: Pekinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and John Ford’s How the West was Won

Harry Dean Stanton is among a large but distinguished fraternity of Actors / Actresses whom I affectionately – and respectfully – refer to as the Recycled Cowboys.

Other members of this fraternity include Slim Pickens, Matt Clark, Jack Elam, Katy JuradoL.Q. Jones *… and on and on. As I say, a rather large fraternity, yet not diminished in it’s worthiness as being a fraternity of notable support actors.

(*(MFW: Every one of the actors named above – including Stanton – plus others – appeared in Sam Pedinpah’s great Western masterpiece Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid – which should be cause to recognize two things: Pekinpah’s great love for Western Film – and what a great and important Western Classic Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid is.))

Most are recognized only by their frequent faces – but remain mainly anonymous in name. Others – like Pickins and Elam are well recognized. Stanton is surely among these – and may even be considered to have an almost cult-like following.

Sometimes Recycled Cowboys rise from the dust – the background – as movie Extras – to stardom. As did Ernest Borgnine and Charles Bronson – who laboured in the background for many movies before achieving outright Stardom. Others start out as Stars then fall back – but not out. Stranger still, many a Recycled Cowboy may enjoy more work than many Stars – appearing in dozens of films and TV shows. They may not get the same Billing or paycheque, but they probably aren’t hurting much either.

I hope to pay homage to many of these important and popular actors in the future.

Happy Trails.

Harry Dean Stanton Western Filmography:

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Sorry – No pics of Harry Dean for Tomahawk Trail. Lisa Montell and Susan Cummings.

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No Stanton photo. Alan Ladd and son, David Ladd

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2 Responses to “Harry Dean Stanton … and the Recycled Cowboys”

  1. cindybruchman October 18, 2013 at 10:59 am #

    Rango! Now I place the voice with the man. Great tribute!

    • jcalberta October 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

      It was a nice nod to Harry too. Rango is full of references to Western Stars like Eastwood and Van Cleef. So to be included in that league …
      You really made it Harry !!

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