Mar. 5th, 1936
Hollywood, California, USA
Guest TV Roles
SecNav Edward Sheffield
Dr. Rudy Devereux
Professor Julius Waugh
Private First Class John Townsend
Dean Stockwell (born Robert Dean Stockwell, March 5, 1936) in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, the younger son of 'Nina Olivette', an actress and dancer, and 'Harry Stockwell', an actor and singer. His elder brother was actor 'Guy Stockwell'.
He is an American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 65 years. As a child actor under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer he first came to the public's attention in films such as Anchors Aweigh and The Green Years; as a young adult he played a lead role in the 1957 Broadway and 1959 screen adaptations of Meyer Levin's Compulsion, a novel based on the true-life story of Leopold and Loeb.
More recently he became widely known for television roles, playing Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci in the 1989–1993 television series Quantum Leap, and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel 21st century revival of Battlestar Galactica.
In 1958, he joined 'Gloria Talbott' and 'Dan Blocker' as guest stars in the episode "Mercyday" of the NBC western series The Restless Gun, starring 'John Payne'.
In 1960, he played coal miner's son Paul Morel in the British film Sons and Lovers, an American actor cast as an Englishman, working alongside 'Trevor Howard' and 'Wendy Hiller'. In 1961, Stockwell appeared in the premiere episode of ABC's Bus Stop series, which starred 'Marilyn Maxwell'. In 1962, he appeared in an adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's play Long Day's Journey Into Night along with 'Katharine Hepburn', 'Ralph Richardson' and 'Jason Robards'. In 1964, Stockwell guest-starred in an episode of NBC's medical drama The Eleventh Hour.
In the early 1960s, Stockwell dropped out of show business, becoming active in the hippie subculture.
Stockwell appeared in a 1969 episode of Bonanza as a down-and-out former Union soldier. He then appeared in two episodes of the mystery series Columbo. In 1973, he was the leading actor in a horror B-film called The Werewolf of Washington. Stockwell played Jack Whittier, a reporter who had an affair with the daughter of the U.S. President and is sent to Hungary. There he is bitten by a werewolf, and then gets transferred back to Washington, D.C., where he gets a job as the press secretary to the President. During the mid-1970s Stockwell worked as a real-estate broker.
In 1984, he appeared in Wim Wenders' critically acclaimed film Paris, Texas, and in that same year, in David Lynch's film version of Dune as Wellington Yueh. The following year he turned in a brief but significant role as attorney Bob Grimes in William Friedkin's To Live and Die in L.A.
In 1986, Stockwell made an appearance in another Lynch production, the neo-noir thriller Blue Velvet. In 1988, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Mafia boss Tony "the Tiger" Russo in the comedy Married to the Mob.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 29, 1992 (Leap Day) following the success of Quantum Leap.
Along with 'Jack Lemmon' and 'Marcello Mastroianni', Stockwell won the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival twice, for Compulsion and Long Day's Journey Into Night.
Stockwell married actress Millie Perkins in 1960 and the two divorced in 1962. In 1981 he married Joy Marchenko, with whom he had two children; they divorced in 2004.
Stockwell is an avid golfer and would play golf during breaks in filming episodes of Quantum Leap. He's a martial artist, holding instructor rank in Modern Arnis.
- Stars in the 'Gnarls Barkley' (qv)'s video for the song "Smiley Faces".
- He gave 'Neil Young (I)' (qv) the inspiration for the title of his 1970 album, "After The Gold Rush".
- Stockwell is an accomplished artist. He creates both digitally enhanced photographs and original collages in the style of his friend and fellow artist, Wallace Berman. He is also a friend of musician 'Neil Young (I)' (qv) and designed the album cover art for "American Stars'n'Bars". His next show will be at the 'Gerald Peters' (qv) Gallery in Dallas, Texas beginning May 12, 2006.
- Godfather of 'Amber Tamblyn' (qv).
- Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Saturday, February 29th, 1992. Fans of _"Quantum Leap" (1989)_ (qv) organized this Leap Day ceremony.
- His father was an actor/singer whose greatest claim to fame was supplying the speaking and singing voice for Prince Charming in 'Walt Disney' (qv)'s _Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)_ (qv).
- Brother of 'Guy Stockwell' (qv).
- Son Austin born November 5 1983 and daughter Sophia born July 1985.