Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel – Book Giveaway (November)

Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel 
We have FOUR Books to Give Away this month!

A glorious meditation on and exploration of one of Hollywood’s most fascinating characters…―Ace Atkins, New York Times bestselling author

It’s time for our next book giveaway contest! CMH will be giving away FOUR COPIES of Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel, courtesy of University Press of Kentucky, from now through Nov 28.

Harry Dean Stantion: Hollywood's Zen Rebel

In order to qualify to win one of these prizes via this contest giveaway, you must complete the below entry task by Saturday, Nov 28 at 6PM EST. However, the sooner you enter, the better chance you have of winning, because we will pick a winner on four different days within the contest period, via random drawings, as listed below. So if you don’t win the first week that you enter, you will still be eligible to win during the following weeks until the contest is over.

  • Nov 7: One Winner
  • Nov 14: One Winner
  • Nov 21: One Winner
  • Nov 28: One Winner

We will announce each week’s winner on Twitter @ClassicMovieHub, the day after each winner is picked around 9PM EST — for example, we will announce our first week’s winner on Sunday Nov 8 around 9PM EST on Twitter. And, please note that you don’t have to have a Twitter account to enter; just see below for the details.

Harry Dean Stanton in the US Navy, photo courtesy of Jim Huggins Jr and University Press of Kentucky
Harry Dean Stanton in the US Navy, photo courtesy of Jim Huggins Jr and University Press of Kentucky


And now on to the contest!

ENTRY TASK (2-parts) to be completed by Saturday, Nov 28, 2020 at 6PM EST — BUT remember, the sooner you enter, the more chances you have to win…

1) Answer the below question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog post

2) Then TWEET (not DM) the following message*:
Just entered to win the “Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel” #BookGiveaway courtesy of @KentuckyPress & @ClassicMovieHub You can #EnterToWin here: http://www.classicmoviehub.com/blog/harry-dean-stanton-hollywoods-zen-rebel-book-giveaway-november/

What is one of your favorite Harry Dean Stanton movies and why? And if you’re not too familiar with his work, why do you want to win this book?

*If you do not have a Twitter account, you can still enter the contest by simply answering the above question via the comment section at the bottom of this blog — BUT PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU ADD THIS VERBIAGE TO YOUR ANSWER: I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

NOTE: if for any reason you encounter a problem commenting here on this blog, please feel free to tweet or DM us, or send an email to clas@gmail.com and we will be happy to create the entry for you.

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Harry Dean Stanton in The Last Mile Oct 1953 courtesy of Pasadena Playhouse Archive Collection and University Press of Kentucky
Harry Dean Stanton (seated, center) in a production of The Last Mile at the Pasadena Playhouse, October 1953 courtesy of Pasadena Playhouse Archive Collection and University Press of Kentucky


About the Book: Harry Dean Stanton (1926–2017) got his start in Hollywood in TV productions such as Zane Grey Theater and Gunsmoke. After a series of minor parts in forgettable westerns, he gradually began to get film roles that showcased his laid-back acting style, appearing in Cool Hand Luke(1967), Kelly’s Heroes (1970), The Godfather: Part II (1974), and Alien (1979). He became a headliner in the eighties―starring in Wim Wenders’s moving Paris, Texas (1984) and Alex Cox’s Repo Man (1984)―but it was his extraordinary skill as a character actor that established him as a revered cult figure and kept him in demand throughout his career. Joseph B. Atkins unwinds Stanton’s enigmatic persona in the first biography of the man Vanity Fair memorialized as “the philosopher poet of character acting.” Harry Dean Stanton is often remembered for his crowd-pleasing roles in movies like Pretty in Pink (1986) or Escape from New York (1981), but this impassioned biography illuminates the entirety of his incredible sixty-year career. Drawing on interviews with the actor’s friends, family, and colleagues, this much-needed book offers an unprecedented look at a beloved figure.

Click here for the full contest rules. 

Please note that only Continental United States (excluding Alaska, Hawaii, and the territory of Puerto Rico) entrants are eligible.

And — BlogHub members ARE eligible to win if they live within the Continental United States (as noted above).

Good Luck!

And if you can’t wait to win the book, you can purchase the on amazon by clicking here:


–Annmarie Gatti for Classic Movie Hub

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21 Responses to Harry Dean Stanton: Hollywood’s Zen Rebel – Book Giveaway (November)

  1. Carl says:

    I really enjoyed his performance as part of the wonderful ensemble cast in Alien. It helps that it’s one of my all-time favorite films as well. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this cool book.

  2. Bob says:

    My favorite Harry Dean Stanton movie is called “Paris, Texas”. To me, it’s a very different kind of film … like nothing I’ve ever seen before. He plays a drifter who shows up after being missing for 4 years … and tries to reconnect with his family. For anybody wanting a better explanation than I know how to give, please look it up and then hunt it down. It’s worth it.

    A second Harry Dean Stanton film worth looking into is called “Lucky”. Stanton plays a man facing (and being forced to deal with) the last year’s of his life. A very touching film. It was his last onscreen role before passing in 2017.

  3. Melinda Neal says:

    I Love his acting in “ Wild at Heart”. His intense acting style is making you want to watch him more in this very popular movie.He is greatly missed as an actor and him as a person with a unique acting traits! Love to win his treasure of his book Harry Dean Stanton, Hollywood’s Zen Rebel.

    • John Beaudine says:

      Without a doubt, “Paris, Texas.” I first watched it some time after graudating from college has left a lasting impression on me. Stanton’s perfomance is one for the ages. He did so much without saying a word for nearly the first 30 mintues of the film. Even later on when he’s watching the home movies and gets emotional. I’ll never forget the “Paris, Texas” screening a few years back when the Wim Wenders retrospective was at the Minneapolis St. Paul Film Society when the crowd reacted to Hunter finally acknowledges Travis as his father at the end of that scene.

  4. Billy Slobin says:

    I’m probably not in the majority but I love HDS as Jack Walsh in Pretty in Pink! He is terrific in many roles but in this film he really grabbed me! loved him in Paris, Texas and Alien as well. He did a great job in his smaller roles in Kelly’s Heroes, Escape from NY and Christine.

  5. Stuart Cook says:

    My favorite Stanton movie is REPO MAN. Harry Dean and the punk scene….wild!! He was a great actor who I would like to read more about.
    I do not have a Twitter account, so I am posting here to enter but cannot tweet the message.

  6. Randall Jones says:

    I’ve enjoyed Harry Dean Stanton in a lot of movies, but the film of his that watch every time it’s on is Kelly’s Heroes. It’s my favorite WWII movie of all time.

  7. Johnny Zito says:

    Tough choice. especially tight between “Repo Man” and “Paris, Texas”. I’ll have to choose… “Paris, Texas”. Harry Dean Stanton’s acting is, for lack of a better term, “minimalist” acting that packs a profound wallop. It seems at times so simple but that sublime simplicity is extremely difficult to achieve. I’m an actor so I speak from experience. A truly touching and moving performance.

  8. I loved role in the green mile, small role but very funny and great.

    • Adam VanHandel (TripperEuphoric) says:

      Either Alien or The Straight Story, although he was barely in the latter. Also great in Wild at Heart. Honestly anything Lynch he was in was excellent. Would love to read more about him.

  9. Kalina says:

    My favorite of his films has to be Repo Man. Although I only saw it for the first time a few years ago, I was able to see the film in a small indie movie theater with a very special person as it was one of his favorite movies of all time. Really was a memorable experience and fun to see it on the big screen. Watched it several times after that and just enjoy all the performances, especially HDS.

  10. Deborah Snyder says:

    Pretty in Pink. Why, because he was so real as Molly Ringwalds characters father. So calm and caring and understanding. Just like he had to be in real life. Can’t see him any other way. I know if I win this book I will learn that about him. He was really wonderful in everything.

  11. Adam VanHandel (TripperEuphoric) says:

    Either Alien or The Straight Story, although he was barely in the latter. Also great in Wild at Heart. Honestly anything Lynch he was in was excellent. Would love to read more about him.

  12. Dan says:

    I’d have to go with Lucky. In all the other movies I’ve seen him in, he does a great job of playing to the character, not to the camera, meaning he kind of blends in with his surroundings. But Lucky was all about his character, and damn if he didn’t nail it.

  13. David Hollingsworth says:

    One of my favorites is Paris, Texas. He was so mysterious, quiet, melancholy in it. There are many scenes that showcase his face, which was a landscape of its own. His breathtaking monologue (beautifully written by Sam Shepard) remains a thing of beauty, and it’s amazing to me that he never received any Oscar nominations, especially for this film.

  14. Timothy Hilbert says:

    My favorite Harry Dean film is my favorite film as well Paris, Texas. I know it’s the big one, but I consider his performance so deep and so personal I think about it all the time. I also happen to have just gotten a portrait tattoo of Harry Dean during the pandemic. To me, he is just the absolute coolest person to have walked the earth.

  15. Andy Prutsok says:

    Repo Man. He stole the movie. Always intense.

  16. Chuck STOVALL says:

    Can’t believe nobody has chosen this one, but my favorite Harry Dean role is ” One Magic Christmas.” Love the way he interacts with the little girl.

  17. Lucy Smalley says:

    I loved Harry Dean in Cool Hand Luke, he was always just in the background but a very good performance as usual. His rendition of the hymn Just A Closer Walk was the most moving. He was not known for his music abilities but man could he draw you in with a song. Loved him. He was always just like a bloke that you might meet down the street.

  18. Andres Laguna says:

    My favorite Harry Dean film is Cockfighter, I love his performance and I also love seeing him and Warren Oates act in anything together. Great team!

  19. Jack says:

    My favorite Harry Dean Stanton movie is Lucky, because his acting was as great as ever in that film, and the script (which includes some of Harry’s views on life) really resonates with me. Everyone did an excellent job working on the film!

    Thank you for this chance to win this book about HDS!

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