American actor Dean Stockwell has passed away aged 85 after an illustrious career spanning over 70 years, a rep from his family has announced to Deadline.
Born into a family of entertainers in North Hollywood in 1936, Stockwell began his career as a child actor on Broadway aged 7, which led to big screen roles in the likes of Anchors Aweigh, Gentleman’s Agreement (winning a Golden Globe for Best Juvenile actor), The Boy with Green Hair and Kim.
As an adult, Stockwell starred in 1959’s Compulsion, reprising his Broadway role. and spent much of the next two decades splitting his time between TV show guest roles and movie appearances but by the early 1980s was considering quitting the business and shifting into real estate.
However, in 1984, his career was rejuvenated with roles in Wim Winders’ Paris, Texas and David Lynch’s Dune, which he followed with films such as To Live and Die in L.A., Blue Velvet and Married to the Mob, the latter of which saw him nominated for the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
Stockwell’s biggest success came in 1989 when he starred as Admiral Al Calavicci, holographic companion to Scott Bakula’s time-travelling scientist Dr. Sam Beckett, in the hit sci-fi TV series Quantum Leap. The show ran for five seasons, with Stockwell earning four Emmy nominations for his work on the series.
Post-Quantum Leap, Stockwell would continue to work regularly; among his many credits were roles in The Player, Air Force One, The Rainmaker, Buffalo Soldiers and The Manchurian Candidate, as well as Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica reboot, before his retirement from acting in 2015.