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Entertainment Dean Stockwell of 'Quantum Leap,' 'Blue Velvet' dies at 85

23:52  09 november  2021
23:52  09 november  2021 Source:   ap.org

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Dean Stockwell , the US actor known for playing Al in the sci-fi series Quantum Leap , has died aged 85 . During a 70-year career, Stockwell won a Golden Globe award for the his best-known role and was also nominated for an Oscar for Married to the Mob. Aside from Quantum Leap , he also appeared in Air Force I have no regrets." He returned to Hollywood with roles in Paris, Texas, Dune and To Live and Die in L.A, before putting in a memorable cameo as the crooner Ben in the neo-noir mystery thriller Blue Velvet , where he performed a rendition of Roy Orbison's Dreams for Dennis Hopper and co.

Dean Stockwell , the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor best known for the groundbreaking sci-fi shows Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica and David Lynch’s noir-fever dream Blue Velvet , has died at age 85 . Quantum Leap ran for five seasons, and Stockwell earned four Emmy nominations for hsi work, as well as one Golden Globe Award. Stockwell continued working regularly through the Nineties and 2000s, appearing in blockbusters like Air Force One , serialized TV hits like JAG , and even the occasional animated show like Captain Planet and the Planeteers (he voiced Duke Nukem).

NEW YORK (AP) — Dean Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age in the sci-fi series “Quantum Leap” and in a string of indelible performances in film, including David Lynch's “Blue Velvet,” Wim Wenders' “Paris, Texas” and Jonathan Demme's “Married to the Mob,” has died. He was 85.

FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell poses in Feb 1989 at an unknown location. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo/Alan Greth, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell poses in Feb 1989 at an unknown location. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo/Alan Greth, File)

Jay Schwartz, a family spokesperson, said Stockwell died of natural causes at home Sunday.

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Dean Stockwell , who starred alongside Scott Bakula in " Quantum Leap ," has died TMZ has learned. The longtime actor -- his Hollywood career spanned 70 years -- died early Sunday morning at home, peacefully and of natural causes according to a rep. • Dean got an Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for 1988's "Married to the Mob," and also co-starred in big films like the original "Dune," " Blue Velvet " and "Paris, Texas." He found even more TV popularity when he joined the "Battlestar Galactica" cast in 2006. Thanks to that role, and his ' Quantum ' stardom, Dean became a

Dean Stockwell , an American actor with a career that spanned more than 70 years, died on Sunday. He was 85 . Sources representing the actor say that he died peacefully, in his sleep at home. Among his best credits were a leading role in the sci-fi series “ Quantum Leap ,” “Air Force One” and David Lynch films “Dune” and “ Blue Velvet .” Born as Robert Dean Stockwell in March 1936, Stockwell began his career as a child actor under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. His first know film appearance was in “Valley of Decision” in 1945. Other early titles included “Anchors Aweigh” and “The Green Years.”

Stockwell was Oscar-nominated for his comic mafia kingpin in “Married to the Mob” and was four times an Emmy-nominee for “Quantum Leap.” But in a career that spanned seven decades, Stockwell was a supreme character actor whose performances — lip-syncing Roy Orbison in a nightmarish party scene in “Blue Velvet,” a desperate agent in Robert Altman's “The Player,” Howard Hughes in Francis Ford Coppola’s “Tucker: The Man and His Dream” — didn't have to be lengthy to be mesmerizing.

FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell poses with his award for best supporting actor for his role in © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell poses with his award for best supporting actor for his role in "Quantum Leap" at the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, 1990. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

Stockwell's own relationship with acting, having started on Broadway at age 7, was complicated. In a peripatetic career, he quit show business several times, including at age 16 and again in the 1980s, when he moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico, to sell real estate.

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LEGENDARY actor Dean Stockwell has died at the age of 85 , reports say. The star, renowned for his role in Quantum Leap , passed away from natural causes on Sunday morning, a rep told TMZ. Stockwell featured in the 1945 comedy movie Anchors Aweigh that starred actors Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in the 1988 comedy-crime movie Married to the Mob. Stockwell also starred in films such as Blue Velvet , Paris, Texas, and the original Dune.

Former Quantum Leap star Dean Stockwell , an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor whose career on stage, in film and TV spanned more than 70 years, passed away in the early morning of November 7. He died peacefully at home of natural causes, a rep for the family confirmed to Deadline. That led to a string of memorable film roles in Blue Velvet , Dune, Married to the Mob (which earned Stockwell an Academy Award nomination), The Rainmaker and The Player. (L-R) Dean Stockwell and Scott Bakula from “ Quantum Leap ” Everett. In was in television where Stockwell delivered his signature

“Dean spent a lifetime yo-yoing back and forth between fame and anonymity," his family said in a statement. "Because of that, when he had a job, he was grateful. He never took the business for granted. He was a rebel, wildly talented and always a breath of fresh air.”

The dark-haired Stockwell was a Hollywood veteran by the time he reached his teens. In his 20s, he starred on Broadway as a young killer in the play “Compulsion" and in prestigious films such as “Sons and Lovers.” He was awarded best actor at the Cannes Film Festival twice, in 1959 for the big-screen version of “Compulsion" and in 1962 for Sidney Lumet's adaptation of Eugene O'Neill's “Long Day's Journey Into Night.” While his career had some lean times, he reached his full stride in the 1980s.

FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell is shown, Dec. 1959. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell is shown, Dec. 1959. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo, File)

“My way of working is still the same as it was in the beginning — totally intuitive and instinctive,” he told The New York Times in 1987. “But as you live your life, you compile so many millions of experiences and bits of information that you become a richer vessel as a person. You draw on more experience.”

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Actor Dean Stockwell , known for his roles in Quantum Leap and David Lynch’s original adaptation of sci-fi epic Dune, has died at the age of 87, his representative has said. He received critical acclaim for his performance in Married to the Mob in 1988, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Stockwell ’s most prominent television roles included Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci in Quantum Leap - which earned him multiple Emmy nominations and the 1990 Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor - and Brother Cavil in the revival of Battlestar Galactica between

© NBCUniversal via Getty Images FILE: Actor Dean Stockwell Dies At Age 85 Quantum Leap . The US star died peacefully at his home on Sunday morning, a representative told TMZ. Stockwell played Admiral Al Calavicci in the sci-fi show, which aired over five seasons from 1989 to 1993. Other awards included two Golden Globes, one for Quantum Leap and another for his part as a child actor in the 1947 film Gentleman’s Agreement, in which he starred alongside Gregory Peck. Stockwell appeared in other iconic films including Dune (1984), Paris, Texas (1984) and Blue Velvet (1986).

His Oscar-nominated role as Tony “The Tiger” Russo, a flamboyant gangster, in the 1988 hit “Married to the Mob” led to his most notable TV role the following year, in NBC’s science fiction series “Quantum Leap.” Both roles had strong comic elements.

“It’s the first time anyone’s offered me a series and the first time I’ve ever wanted to do one,” he said in 1989. “If people hadn’t seen me in 'Married To the Mob’ they wouldn’t have realized I could do comedy.”

Starring with Stockwell in “Quantum Leap” was Scott Bakula, playing a scientist who assumes different identities in different eras after a time-travel experiment goes awry. As his colleague, “The Observer,” Stockwell lends his help but is seen only on a holographic computer image. The show lasted from 1989 to 1993.

FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell is shown, Dec. 1959. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo, File) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell is shown, Dec. 1959. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo, File)

“The only time he ever complained was when we called him on the golf course and told him we were ready for him to come to work,” recalled Bakula in a statement Tuesday. “He used to announce his presence on the sound stage (if we hadn’t already caught a whiff of cigar smoke trailing in behind him), with a bellowed, ‘The fun starts now!’ Truer words were never spoken.”

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FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell poses with his award for best supporting actor for his role in © Provided by Associated Press FILE - Actor Dean Stockwell poses with his award for best supporting actor for his role in "Quantum Leap" at the 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards in Los Angeles on Jan. 20, 1990. Stockwell, a top Hollywood child actor who gained new success in middle age, garnering an Oscar nomination for “Married to the Mob” and Emmy nominations for “Quantum Leap,” died of natural causes at his home on Sunday, Nov. 7, 2021. He was 85. (AP Photo/Douglas Pizac, File)

He continued playing roles, big and small, in films and TV, into the 21st century, including a regular role in another science fiction series, “Battlestar Galactica.”


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Stockwell became an actor at an early age. His father, Harry Stockwell, voiced the role of Prince Charming in Disney’s “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” and appeared in several Broadway musicals.

At age 7, Dean made his show business debut in the 1943 Broadway show “The Innocent Voyage,” the story of orphaned children entangled with pirates. His older brother, Guy, also was in the cast.

A producer at MGM was impressed by Dean and persuaded the studio to sign him. His first significant role was as Kathryn Grayson’s nephew in the 1945 musical “Anchors Away,” which starred Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra.

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In the next few years, Stockwell appeared in such films as the Oscar-winning anti-Semitism drama “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” with Gregory Peck, as well as “Song of the Thin Man,” the last of the William Powell-Myrna Loy mystery series, with Stockwell playing their son.

He had the title roles in the 1948 anti-war film “The Boy With Green Hair,” about a war orphan whose hair changes color, and “Kim,” the 1950 version of the Rudyard Kipling tale, which starred Errol Flynn. Films in his youth also included “Down to the Sea in Ships,” with Lionel Barrymore; “The Secret Garden,” with Margaret O’Brien; and “Stars in My Crown” with Joel McCrea.

“I was very lucky to have a loving and caring and sympathetic mother and not a stage mother,” he told The Associated Press in 1989. Still, he stressed, it wasn’t always easy, and he dropped out of the business when he reached 16.

“I never really wanted to be an actor,” he said. “I found acting very difficult from the beginning. I worked long hours, six days a week. It wasn’t fun.” It wasn’t the only time he dropped out. But, he said, “I came back each time because I had no other training.”

Reviving his career after five years, Stockwell returned to New York where he co-starred with Roddy McDowall on Broadway in “Compulsion,” a 1957 drama based on the notorious Leopold-Loeb murder case in which two college students killed a 14-year-old boy for the thrill of it. The film version starred Orson Welles.

Stockwell had two more prestigious film roles in the early 1960s. He was the struggling son in D.H. Lawrence’s “Sons and Lovers” — an Oscar nominee for best picture — and the sensitive younger brother in “Long Day’s Journey Into Night” with Ralph Richardson and Katharine Hepburn.

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He also tried his hand at theater directing, putting on a well-received program of Beckett and Ionesco plays in Los Angeles in 1961.

In 1960, Stockwell married Millie Perkins, best known for her starring turn as Anne in the 1959 film “The Diary of Anne Frank.” The marriage ended in divorce after only two years.

In the mid-60s, Stockwell dropped out of Hollywood and became a regular presence at the hippie enclave of Topanga Canyon. After the encouragement of Dennis Hopper, Stockwell wrote a screenplay that never got produced but inspired Neil Young’s 1970 album “After the Gold Rush,” which took its name from Stockwell’s script. Stockwell, longtime friends with Young, later co-directed and starred with Young on 1982′s “Human Highway.” Stockwell also designed the cover of Young’s 1977 album “American Stars 'N Bars.”

In 1981 he married Joy Marchenko, a textile expert. When his career hit a down period, Stockwell decided to take his family to New Mexico. As soon as he left Hollywood, filmmakers started calling again.

He was cast as Harry Dean Stanton’s drifting brother in Wim Wenders’ acclaimed 1984 film “Paris, Texas” and that same year as the evil Dr. Yueh in Lynch’s “Dune.”

He called his success from the 1980s onward his “third career.” As for the Oscar nomination, he told the AP in 1989 that it was “something I’ve dreamed about for years. ... It’s just one of the best feelings I’ve ever had.”

Like his longtime friend Hopper, a noted photographer as well as an actor, Stockwell was active in the visual arts. He made photo collages and what he called “diceworks," sculptures made of dice. He often used his full name, Robert Dean Stockwell, in his art projects.

His brother, Guy Stockwell, also became a prolific film and television actor, even doing guest shot on “Quantum Leap.” He died in 2002 at age 68.

Stockwell is survived by his wife, Joy, and their two children, Austin Stockwell and Sophie Stockwell.

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Late Associated Press writer Bob Thomas contributed biographical information to this report.

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