Robert Dean Stockwell (born March 5, 1936) is a retired American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 70 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 (1945), The Green Years (1946), Gentleman's Agreement (1947), and Kim (1950).
Stockwell in 2012
Robert Dean Stockwell|
March 5, 1936
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
(m. 1960; div. 1962)
(m. 1981; div. 2004)
|Parent(s)||Harry Stockwell (father), Elizabeth "Betty" Stockwell (mother)|
|Relatives||Guy Stockwell (brother)|
As a young adult, he played a lead role in the 1957 Broadway and 1959 screen adaptations of Compulsion and in 1962, Stockwell played Edmund Tyrone in the film version of Long Day's Journey into Night. He appeared in supporting roles in such films as Paris, Texas (1984), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Player (1992), and Air Force One (1997). He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Married to the Mob (1988).
His television roles include playing Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci in Quantum Leap (1989–1993) and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009). Following his roles on Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica, Stockwell appeared at numerous science fiction conventions.
Stockwell was born in North Hollywood, California, but was raised in New York. He was the younger son of Elizabeth "Betty" Stockwell and Harry Stockwell, an actor and lyric baritone singer in New York productions of Carousel and Oklahoma as well as the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's film Snow White. His elder brother was television and film actor Guy Stockwell. His stepmother was Elizabeth Veronica Stockwell, an actress, comedian, singer, and toe dancer in Burlesque and theatre in Northern America and New York.
In 1945, Stockwell appeared in a main character role (Donald Martin) in the musical movie Anchors Aweigh alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Some of his other child roles included that of Robert Shannon in The Green Years (1946); Gregory Peck's son in Gentleman's Agreement (1947); Nick Charles. Jr., in Song of the Thin Man (1947); as an orphaned runaway longing to go to sea in Deep Waters (1948); and as Lionel Barrymore's grandson and Richard Widmark's protégé in Down to the Sea in Ships (1949). He also starred in the lead role of The Boy with Green Hair in 1948, and in The Secret Garden in 1949. In 1950, he appeared in a lead role alongside Errol Flynn in Kim. In 1951 he appeared in a lead role alongside Joel McCrea in “Cattle Drive”
He resumed his acting career as an adult. In 1957, he starred as Judd Steiner in the Broadway adaptation of Compulsion, based on the Leopold and Loeb story; he played the same role in the 1959 film adaptation. 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, alongside Trevor Howard and Wendy Hiller. In 1961, he 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 mid-1960s, Stockwell dropped out of show business, becoming active in the Topanga Canyon hippie subculture as a close friend of artists George Herms and Wallace Berman, fellow child actor/"dropout" Russ Tamblyn and musician Neil Young.
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 lead in a horror B-film, The Werewolf of Washington. During the mid-1970s, he worked as a real-estate broker and designed the distinctive cover of Young's American Stars 'n Bars (1976).
In 1984, he appeared in Wim Wenders' critically acclaimed film Paris, Texas, and in the 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. In 1997, Stockwell co-starred with Harrison Ford and Glenn Close in the blockbuster suspense thriller Air Force One.
Dean Stockwell married Millie Perkins on April 15, 1960; they divorced on July 30, 1962. He married Joy Marchenko, a textiles expert who worked in Morocco, on December 15, 1981. They had two children: a son, Austin, born November 5, 1983, and a daughter, Sophia, born August 5, 1985.
Stockwell has been reported to be the godfather of actress Amber Tamblyn; in a 2009 interview with Parade, Tamblyn explained that "godfather" was "just a loose term" for Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and Neil Young, three famous friends of her father's, who were always around the house when she was growing up, and who were big influences on her life.
He is an accomplished artist who creates both digitally enhanced photographs and original collages in the style of Wallace Berman. During his time at the University of California, Berkeley, Stockwell immersed himself in music and wrote several small compositions. With Young, Stockwell co-wrote and co-directed the cult film Human Highway (1982). The title track from Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush is based on an unproduced screenplay written by Stockwell and the reclusive Herb Bermann, a writer/actor best known for his work with Captain Beefheart.
He is an "avowed environmentalist",.
He campaigned for the Democrats in the 1992 U.S. presidential election.
In 2017, it was reported that Stockwell had suffered a stroke two years previously, and had retired from acting.
|1945||The Horn Blows at Midnight||N/A|
|1945||The Valley of Decision||Paulie|
|1945||Anchors Aweigh||Donald Martin|
|1945||Abbott and Costello in Hollywood||Dean||Uncredited|
|1946||The Green Years||Robert Shannon|
|1946||Home, Sweet Homicide||Archie Carstairs|
|1947||The Mighty McGurk||Nipper|
|1947||The Arnelo Affair||Ricky Parkson|
|1947||The Romance of Rosy Ridge||Andrew MacBean|
|1947||A Really Important Person||Billy Reilly||Short film|
|1947||Song of the Thin Man||Nick Charles, Jr.|
|1947||Gentleman's Agreement||Tommy Green||Golden Globe Award for Best Juvenile Actor|
|1948||Deep Waters||Donny Mitchell|
|1948||The Boy with Green Hair||Peter Fry|
|1949||Some of the Rest||N/A||Short film|
|1949||Down to the Sea in Ships||Jed Joy|
|1949||The Secret Garden||Colin Craven|
|1950||Stars in My Crown||John Kenyon|
|1950||The Happy Years||John Humperdink Stover|
|1951||Cattle Drive||Chester Graham, Jr.|
|1957||Gun for a Coward||Hade Keough|
|1957||Wagon Train||Jimmy Drew|
|1957||The Careless Years||Jerry Vernon|
|1959||Compulsion||Judd Steiner||Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)|
|1960||Sons and Lovers||Paul Morel||Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama|
|1962||Long Day's Journey Into Night||Edmund Tyrone||Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)|
|1970||The Dunwich Horror||Wilbur Whateley|
|1971||The Last Movie||Billy the Kid|
|1973||The Werewolf of Washington||Jack Whittier|
|1974||The Pacific Connection||Miguel|
|1975||Win, Place or Steal||Billy|
|1975||Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer||Narrator|
|1976||One Away||Pete Bass|
|1976||Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood||Paul Lavell|
|1979||She Came to the Valley||Pat Westall|
|1979||Alsino and the Condor||Frank|
|1982||Wrong Is Right||Hacker|
|1982||Human Highway||Otto Quartz||Also director and writer|
|1984||Paris, Texas||Walt Henderson|
|1984||Dune||Doctor Wellington Yueh|
|1985||To Kill a Stranger||N/A|
|1985||Papa Was a Preacher||John|
|1985||The Legend of Billie Jean||Muldaur|
|1985||To Live and Die in L.A.||Bob Grimes|
|1987||The Time Guardian||Boss|
|1987||Banzai Runner||Billy Baxter|
|1987||Gardens of Stone||Capt. Homer Thomas|
|1987||Beverly Hills Cop II||Chip Cain|
|1988||Palais Royale||Michael Dattalico|
|1988||The Long Haul||Mario|
|1988||The Blue Iguana||Detective Carl Strick|
|1988||Tucker: The Man and His Dream||Howard Hughes||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1988||Married to the Mob||Anthony "Tony the Tiger" Russo||Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor|
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
|1989||Buying Time||Detective Novak|
|1990||Limit Up||Peter Oak|
|1992||Friends and Enemies||Freddie|
|1992||The Player||Andy Civella|
|1996||Mr. Wrong||Jack Tramonte|
|1996||The Last Resort||Grey Wolf|
|1996||Unabomber: The True Story||Ben Jeffries|
|1997||McHale's Navy||Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton|
|1997||Living in Peril||William|
|1997||Air Force One||Defense Secretary Walter Dean|
|1997||The Shadow Men||Stan Mills|
|1997||The Rainmaker||Judge Harvey Hale|
|1998||Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights||Bophisto|
|1999||Restraining Order||Charlie Mason|
|1999||Water Damage||Det. Frank Skoufaris|
|1999||The Venice Project||Sen. Campbell|
|1999||Rites of Passage||Del Farraday||Also associate producer|
|2000||They Nest||Sheriff Hobbs|
|2000||Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker||Tim Drake||Voice|
|2001||In Pursuit||Charles Welz||Direct-to-DVD|
|2001||Buffalo Soldiers||General Lancaster|
|2002||Inferno||Mayor Bill Klinger|
|2004||The Manchurian Candidate||Mark Whiting|
|2007||The Deal||Agent Tremayne|
|2008||Al's Beef||The Sheriff||Short film|
|2008||The Cool School||Himself||Documentary|
|2013||Max Rose||Ben Tracey|
|2014||Deep in the Darkness||Phil Deighton|
|1956||Matinee Theatre||N/A||4 episodes|
|1957–1961||Wagon Train||Will Santee / Rodney Lawrence / Juan Ortega / Jimmy Drew||4 episodes|
|1958||Cimarron City||Bud Tatum||Episode: "Kid on a Calico Horse"|
|1959||Buick-Electra Playhouse||n/a||Episode: "The Killers"|
|1959||Johnny Staccato||Dave||Episode: "Nature of the Night"|
|1960||Checkmate||Roddy Stevenson||Episode: "Cyanide Touch"|
|1960||The DuPont Show with June Allyson||John Perry||Episode: "The Dance Man"|
|1960||Stagecoach West||N/A||Episode: "Red Sand"|
|1961||The Twilight Zone||Lt. Katell||Episode: "A Quality of Mercy"|
|1961||Alfred Hitchcock Presents||Billy Weaver||Episode: "The Landlady"|
|1962||Alfred Hitchcock Hour||David||Episode: "Annabel"|
|1963||Combat!||Rob Lawson||Episode: "High Named Today"|
|1964||Kraft Suspense Theatre||Martin Rosetti||Episode: "Their Own Executioners"|
|1965||Dr. Kildare||Dr. Rudy Deveraux||6 episodes|
|1969||Bonanza||Matthew Rush||Episode: "The Medal"|
|1971||Paper Man||Avery Jensen||Television film|
|1971||The Failing of Raymond||Raymond||Television film|
|1972||Adventures of Nick Carter||Freddy Duncan||Pilot|
|1972||Columbo||Eric Wagner||Episode: "The Most Crucial Game"|
|1973||Mission: Impossible||Gunnar Malestrom||Episode: "The Pendulum"|
|1973||Night Gallery||Charlie Evans||Episode: "Whisper"|
|1973||The Streets of San Francisco||Paul Thomas||Episode: "Legion of the Lost"|
|1975||Police Story||Bennett||4 episodes|
|1975||Cop on the Beat||Det. Callan||Television film|
|1975||Columbo||Lloyd Harrington||Episode: "Troubled Waters"|
|1975||Ellery Queen||Cliff Waddell||Episode: "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"|
|1975||Three for the Road||Ethan Crawford||Episode: "The Trail of Bigfoot"|
|1976||McCloud||Pete Lancaster||Episode: "'Twas the Fight before Christmas"|
|1977||A Killing Affair||Kenneth Switzer||Television film|
|1977||Quinn Martin's Tales of the Unexpected||Richard Ayres||Episode: "No Way Out"|
|1978||Greatest Heroes of the Bible||Hissar||Episode: "Daniel in the Lion's Den"|
|1981||Born to Be Sold||Marty Helick||Television film|
|1982||Hart to Hart||James Francis||Episode: "Harts' Desire"|
|1983||The A-Team||Officer Collins||Episode: "A Small and Deadly War"|
|1985||Miami Vice||Jack Gretsky||Episode: "Bushido"|
|1986||Hunter||Brother Harold Hobarts||Episode: "Bad Company"|
|1987||The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues||James McLaughlin||Television film|
|1988||Murder, She Wrote||Eliot Easterbrook||Episode: "Deadpan"|
|1989–1993||Quantum Leap||Admiral Al Calavicci||97 episodes|
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1990)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1991)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1991–1993)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1990–1993)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1993)
|1989||The Twilight Zone||Martin Decker||Episode: "Room 2426"|
|1990–1992||Captain Planet and the Planeteers||Duke Nukem||Voice|
|1991||Son of the Morning Star||General Philip Sheridan||Television film|
|1992||Picket Fences||Phil Banks||Episode: "Pilot"|
|1993||Bonanza: The Return||Augustus Brandenburg||Television film|
|1994||Vanishing Son II||Mickey Jo||Television film|
|1994||Justice in a Small Town||Commissioner Sam Caldwell||Television film|
|1994||The Innocent||Capt. Jason Flaboe||Television film|
|1994||Madonna: Innocence Lost||Tony Ciccone||Television film|
|1994||In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance||Jack Lowe||Television film|
|1994||Chicago Hope||Robert St. Clair||Episode: "Songs from the Cuckoo Birds"|
|1994||Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman||Preston Carpenter||Episode: "The Rival"|
|1995||The Langoliers||Bob Jenkins||2 episodes|
|1995||The Man from Snowy River||Professor Julius Waugh||2 episodes|
|1995||Nowhere Man||Gus Shepherd||Episode: "You Really Got a Hold on Me"|
|1996||Unabomber: The True Story||Ben Jeffries||Television film|
|1997–1998||The Tony Danza Show||Frank DiMeo||14 episodes|
|1998||It's True||Mr. Murphy||Pilot|
|1998||Phenomenon: The Lost Archives||Episode: ″Monopoly Men″|
|1999||What Katy Did||Tramp||Television film|
|1999||The Drew Carey Show||Hal||Episode: "Y2K, You're Okay"|
|2002–2004||JAG||Senator Edward Sheffield||11 episodes|
|2002||First Monday||Senator Edward Sheffield||3 episodes|
|2002||Star Trek: Enterprise||Colonel Grat||Episode: "Detained"|
|2002||Stargate SG-1||Doctor Kieran||Episode: "Shadow Play"|
|2006–2009||Battlestar Galactica||John Cavil||14 episodes|
|2009||The Dunwich Horror||Dr. Henry Armitage||Television film|
|2008||Crash||Frankie Navajo||Episode: "Los Muertos"|
|2009||Battlestar Galactica: The Plan||John Cavil||Television film|
|2014||NCIS: New Orleans||Tom Hamilton||Episode: "Chasing Ghosts"|
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- Dean Stockwell on IMDb
- Dean Stockwell at the Internet Broadway Database
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