In his lengthy career, Harry Dean Stanton
was unknown. While his acting jobs were fairly steady, Stanton didn't receive true recognition until age 58. That was how old Stanton was when he was cast in the movies, 'Paris, Texas' , his first starring role, and 'Repo Man' opposite Emilio Estevez. His most memorable roles of late included playing one of the doomed astronauts with Sigourney Weaver in the sci-fi horror film, 'Alien'; the beleaguered father in 'Pretty in Pink' with Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer; and the head of the polygamy sect in HBO's 'Big Love' with Bill Paxton (d. February 25, 2017).