Dean Stockwell, the US actor best remembered for his role as Al in the science fiction television series Quantum Leap, has died at the age of 85.
Stockwell received a Golden Globe for his most well-known role and was also nominated for an Academy Award for Married to the Mob throughout his 70-year career.
Apart from Quantum Leap, he appeared in Air Force One, Blue Velvet, and Dune, all of which were directed by David Lynch.
According to his representatives, he died quietly at home on Sunday.
Dean Stockwell died. He was well known for his roles in Quantum Leap and Blue Velvet. He was 85 years old at the time. According to family spokesman Jay D. Schwartz, he died of natural causes on Sunday morning at his home in Hollywood, Calif.
Born Robert Dean Stockwell, the Academy Award-nominated actor had a varied acting career. He began his career as a kid actor. At the age of seven, Johnny appeared in Anchors Away alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. By the age of 11, he had established himself as a star in the 1948 anti-war picture The Boy With Green Hair. Stockwell became something of a celebrity as a result of the film, and he felt isolated.
“Everywhere I went, I was treated differently,” Stockwell explained to WHYY’s Fresh Air in 1988. “I was not aware that I was being singled out for something unique. I felt as though I was being treated differently back then, and I despised it and desired to escape.”
Stockwell changed his name and left Hollywood after graduating from high school at the age of 16. He eventually returned to acting, most famously in Sidney Lumet’s 1962 film Long Day’s Journey Into Night, but spent the majority of this period in television. By the late 1960s, he had returned to acting after a brief hiatus. When he returned, he discovered that finding a job was difficult.
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Stockwell came dangerously close to abandoning his career in the 1980s. He obtained his real estate license in New Mexico and placed an advertisement in Variety for himself. Rather than that, it resulted in a succession of noteworthy film appearances, including Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, David Lynch’s Dune and Blue Velvet, Robert Altman’s The Player, and Jonathan Demme’s Married to the Mob — the latter of which earned him an Academy Award nod for Best Supporting Actor.
Stockwell is arguably best remembered for his five-season portrayal as Admiral Al Calavicci in the science fiction television series Quantum Leap. He’d go on to appear in shows such as The Tony Danza Show, JAG, and the acclaimed Battlestar Galactica run in the 2000s. Following that, he took a break from acting once more, this time to pursue a career in visual arts, specializing in paper collage.
His wife, Joy Stockwell, and two children, Austin Stockwell and Sophie Stockwell survive him.
Actor For Seven Decades
Dean Stockwell, who began his seven-decade acting career as a boy in the 1940s and later appeared in the science fiction television series “Quantum Leap” as the cigar-smoking Al Calavicci, died on Sunday at his home. He was 85 years old.
Jay Schwartz, a family representative, confirmed his death but did not identify the cause.
Mr. Stockwell earned early recognition for his roles alongside the era’s biggest performers, and he gradually established himself as a solid Hollywood regular, lending gravity to series such as “JAG” and “Battlestar Galactica.” Between 1945 and 2015, he garnered over 200 film and television credits as an actor.
However, he lost interest in the job he had been practically born into on multiple occasions, leaving to work on railroads and in real estate, and, in the 1960s, to become involved in the hippie movement. He also experienced multiple career resurgences, most notably in the 1980s, when he was cast in several career-defining parts, including “Paris, Texas,” “Dune,” “Blue Velvet,” and “Married to the Mob.”
As the son of a famous actor — his father, Harry Stockwell, played Prince Charming in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” — he did not have a regular childhood before making his Broadway debut in 1943, at the age of seven, in “Innocent Voyage.” He was recruited by a talent scout to feature in Hollywood films beginning in 1945, when he co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly in “Anchors Aweigh.”
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