Over the last sixty years, Harry Dean Stanton has carved out a singular path in American cinema. His roles showcase a rare combination of haunting stoicism and emotional depth, qualities that he’s able to convey with a single look. Stanton has lent his unique screen presence to some of the greatest filmmakers, from David Lynch and Wim Wenders to Martin Scorsese and John Huston, bringing to life such iconic characters as Paris, Texas’s silent, melancholy hero Travis Henderson. Today, Stanton turns ninety, and in honor of his birthday, Interview has republished his conversation with former editor in chief Ingrid Sischy, which originally ran in the magazine’s January 1991 issue following the release of David Lynch’s Wild at Heart.
Beginning with an introduction by writer Graham Fuller, who calls Stanton “one of our most romantic icons,” the wide-ranging interview covers everything from the actor’s experiences playing golf with Jack Nicholson and modeling for Comme des Garçons to his relationships with John Huston and Ry Cooder.
Read the conversation in full over on Interview’s site.