Dean Stockwell

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Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell1.jpg
Stockwell in 2005
BornRobert Dean Stockwell
(1936-03-05) March 5, 1936 (age 78)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1945–present
ParentsHarry Stockwell (father)
Nina Olivette (mother)
RelativesGuy Stockwell (brother)
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Dean Stockwell
Dean Stockwell1.jpg
Stockwell in 2005
BornRobert Dean Stockwell
(1936-03-05) March 5, 1936 (age 78)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Years active1945–present
ParentsHarry Stockwell (father)
Nina Olivette (mother)
RelativesGuy Stockwell (brother)

Dean Stockwell (born Robert Dean Stockwell, March 5, 1936) 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 1989–93 television series Quantum Leap, and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel 21st century revival of Battlestar Galactica.[1]


Dean Stockwell in Stars in My Crown (1950)

In 1945, he appeared in a main character role (Donald Martin) in the musical movie Anchors Aweigh alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Some of his other notable child roles included that of Robert Shannon in The Green Years (1946), Gregory Peck's son in Gentleman's Agreement (1947), as the son of William Powell and Myrna Loy as Nick and Nora Charles, Nick 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 protege 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, the film of Rudyard Kipling's novel.

Unlike many child actors, he continued to act past his teenage years. In 1957, he starred as Judd Steiner in the Broadway adaptation of Compulsion, based on the Leopold and Loeb story;[2] he played the same role in the 1959 film adaptation Compulsion. 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.[3]

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.[3]

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 joined the cast of Battlestar Galactica starting with its second season finale, portraying what became the lead antagonist, Cylon John Cavil.

Personal life[edit]

Robert Dean Stockwell was born 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 married Millie Perkins on April 15, 1960; they divorced on July 30, 1962. He married Joy Marchenko on December 15, 1981. They had two children: a son, Austin, born November 5, 1983 and a daughter, Sophia, born August 5, 1985. Stockwell and Marchenko divorced in 2004.[4][5]

Stockwell has been widely reported to be the godfather of actress Amber Tamblyn;[6][7] however, in a 2009 interview with Parade Magazine, Tamblyn explained that Stockwell was one of three famous friends of her father, actor Russ Tamblyn, who were always around the house when she was growing up, and who were big influences on her life. The other two, in addition to Stockwell, were actor Dennis Hopper, and musician Neil Young. The word "godfather" was "just a loose term I’ve always used for all of them," Tamblyn explained in the interview, suggesting that Stockwell's "godfather" moniker is informal, at best.[8]

Stockwell is an accomplished artist who creates both digitally enhanced photographs and original collages in the style of his friend and fellow artist, Wallace Berman. During his time at the University of California, Berkeley, Stockwell immersed himself in music and wrote several small compositions. As part of his friendship with musician Neil Young, Stockwell designed the album cover art for American Stars 'N Bars. Together, they directed Human Highway, which Stockwell also co-wrote. The title track from Young's 1970 album After the Gold Rush is based on the title of a screenplay written by Stockwell.[9]

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.[10]

Stockwell is an "avowed environmentalist,"[11] a personality aspect which has permeated his onscreen characters at times.



1945The Horn Blows at MidnightN/A
1945The Valley of DecisionPaulie
1945Anchors AweighDonald Martin
1945Abbott and Costello in HollywoodDeanUncredited
1946The Green YearsRobert Shannon
1946Home, Sweet HomicideArchie Carstairs
1947The Mighty McGurkNipper
1947The Arnelo AffairRicky Parkson
1947The Romance of Rosy RidgeAndrew MacBean
1947A Really Important PersonBilly ReillyShort film
1947Song of the Thin ManNick Charles, Jr.
1947Gentleman's AgreementTommy GreenGolden Globe Award for Best Juvenile Actor
1948Deep WatersDonny Mitchell
1948The Boy with Green HairPeter Fry
1949Some of the RestN/AShort film
1949Down to the Sea in ShipsJed Joy
1949The Secret GardenColin Craven
1950Stars in My CrownJohn Kenyon
1950The Happy YearsJohn Humperdink Stover
1951Cattle DriveChester Graham, Jr.
1957Gun for a CowardHade Keough
1957The Careless YearsJerry Vernon
1959CompulsionJudd SteinerBest Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1960Sons and LoversPaul MorelNominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1962Long Day's Journey Into NightEdmund TyroneBest Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1970The Dunwich HorrorWilbur Whateley
1971The Last MovieBilly the Kid
1971Paper ManAvery JensenTelevision film
1971The Falling of RaymondRaymondTelevision film
1972The LonersStein
1973The Werewolf of WashingtonJack Whittier
1975The Pacific ConnectionMiguel
1975Win, Place or StealBilly
1975Cop on the BeatDet. CallanTelevision film
1975Eadweard Muybridge, ZoopraxographerNarrator
1976One AwayPete Bass
1976Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved HollywoodPaul Lavell
1977A Killing AffairKenneth SwitzerTelevision film
1979Alsino and the CondorN/A
1981Born to Be SoldMarty HelickTelevision film
1982Wrong Is RightHacker
1982Human HighwayOtto Quartz
1984Paris, TexasWalt Henderson
1984DuneDoctor Wellington Yueh
1985To Kill a StrangerN/A
1985Papa Was a PreacherJohn
1985The Legend of Billie JeanMuldaur
1985To Live and Die in L.A.Bob Grimes
1986Blue VelvetBen
1987The Time GuardianBoss
1987The Gambler, Part III: The Legend ContinuesJames McLaughlinTelevision film
1987Banzai RunnerBilly Baxter
1987Gardens of StoneCapt. Homer Thomas
1987Beverly Hills Cop IIChip Cain
1988The Long HaulN/A
1988The Blue IguanaDetective Carl Strick
1988Tucker: The Man and His DreamHoward HughesBoston 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
1989Married to the MobDetective NovakBoston 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
1990Limit UpPeter Oak
1990SandinoCaptain Hatfield
1991Son of the Morning StarGeneral Philip SheridanTelevision film
1992Friends and EnemiesFreddie
1992The PlayerN/A
1993Bonanza: The ReturnAugustus BrandenburgTelevision film
1994in the Line of Duty: The Price of VengeanceJack LoweTelevision film
1994ChasersAndy Civella
1994Vanishing Son IIMickey JoTelevision film
1994Justice in a Small TownCommissioner Sam CaldwellTelevision film
1994The InnocentCapt. Jason FlaboeTelevision film
1995Naked SoulsDuncan
1996Mr. WrongJack Tramonte
1996Last ResortGrey Wolf
1997McHale's NavyCapt. Wallace B. Binghampton
1997Midnight BlueKatz-Feeney
1997Living in PerilWilliam
1997Air Force OneDefense Secretary Walter Dean
1997The RainmakerJudge Harvey Hale
1998The Shadow MenStan Mills
1998Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark KnightsBophisto
1999Restraining OrderCharlie Mason
1999Water DamageDet. Frank Skoufaris
1999The Venice ProjectSen. Campbell
1999What Katy DidTrampTelevision film
1999Rite of PassageDel Farraday
2000The FlunkyMicky
2000Monopoly MenN/A
2000Batman Beyond: Return of the JokerTim Drake
2001InfernoMayor Bill Klinger
2001In PursuitCharles Welz
2001Italian TiesN/A
2001CQDr. Ballard
2001The QuickieMichael
2001Buffalo SoldiersGeneral Lancaster
2004The Manchurian CandidateMark Whiting
2006The DealAgent Tremayne
2007The Cool SchoolN/A
2013Max RoseBen Tracey
2013PersecutedDave Wilson


1956Matinee TheatreN/A4 episodes
1957Wagon TrainJimmy DrewEpisode: "The Ruth Owens Story"
1957Wagon TrainJuan OrtegaEpisode: "The Juan Ortega Story"
1958Cimarron CityBud TatumEpisode: "Kid on a Calico Horse"
1959Wagon TrainRodney LawrenceEpisode: "The Rodney Lawrence Story"
1959Johnny StaccatoDaveEpisode: "Nature of the Night"
1960CheckmateRoddy StevensonEpisode: "Cyanide Touch"
1960The DuPont Show with June AllysonJohn PerryEpisode: "The Dance Man"
1960Stagecoach WestN/AEpisode: "Red Sand"
1961Wagon TrainWill SanteeEpisode: "The Will Santee Story"
1961The Twilight ZoneLt. KatellEpisode: "A Quality of Mercy"
1961Alfred Hitchcock PresentsBilly WeaverEpisode: "The Landlady"
1963Combat!Rob LawsonEpisode: "High Named Today"
1964Kraft Suspense TheatreMartin RosettiEpisode: "Their Own Executioners"
1965Dr. KildareDr. Rudy Deveraux6 episodes
1969BonanzaMatthew RushEpisode: "The Medal"
1972Adventures of Nick CarterFreddy DuncanUnsold TV pilot
1972ColumboEric WagnerEpisode: "The Most Crucial Game"
1973Mission: ImpossibleGunnar MalestromEpisode: "The Pendulum"
1973Night GalleryCharlie EvansEpisode: "Whisper"
1973The Streets of San FranciscoPaul ThomasEpisode: "Legion of the Lost"
1975ColumboLloyd HarringtonEpisode: "Troubled Waters"
1975Ellery QueenCliff WaddellEpisode: "The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument"
1975Three for the RoadEthan CrawfordEpisode: "The Trail of Bigfoot"
1977Quinn Martin's Tales of the UnexpectedRichard AyresEpisode: "No Way Out"
1978Greatest Heroes of the BibleHissarEpisode: "Daniel in the Lion's Den"
1983The A-TeamOfficer CollinsEpisode: "A Small and Deadly War"
1985Miami ViceJack GretskyEpisode: "Bushido"
1988Murder, She WroteEliot EasterbrookEpisode: "Deadpan"
1989–1993Quantum LeapAdmiral Al Calavicci97 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1991–93)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1990–93)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1989The Twilight ZoneMartin DeckerEpisode: "Room 2426"
1990–1992Captain Planet and the PlaneteersDuke Nukem10 episodes
1992Picket FencesPhil BanksEpisode: "Pilot"
1994Chicago HopeRobert St. ClairEpisode: "Songs from the Cuckoo Birds"
1994The New Adventures of SupermanPresten CarpenterEpisode: "The Rival"
1995The LangoliersBob Jenkins2 episodes
1995The Man from Snowy RiverProfessor Julius Waugh2 episodes
1995Nowhere ManGus ShepherdEpisode: "You Really Got a Hold on Me"
1997–1998The Tony Danza ShowFrank DiMeo14 episodes
1998It's TrueMr. MurphyUnsold TV pilot
1999The Drew Carey ShowHalEpisode: "Y2K, You're Okay"
2002–2004JAGSenator Edward Sheffield11 episodes
2002First MondaySenator Edward Sheffield3 episodes
2002Star Trek: EnterpriseColonel GratEpisode: "Detained"
2002Stargate SG-1Doctor KieranEpisode: "Shadow Play"
2006–2009Battlestar GalacticaJohn Cavil14 episodes
2008CrashFrankie NavajoEpisode: "Los Muertos"
2014The Mindy ProjectDanny's fatherEpisode: "The Desert"
2014EnlistedDanEpisode: "Vets"
2014NCIS: New OrleansTom HamiltonEpisode: "Chasing Ghosts"


  1. ^ "FILM; Dean Stockwell, Happy at Last in Hollywood". New York Times. September 11, 1988. Retrieved 2010-08-12. 
  2. ^ "Compulsion". Internet Broadway Database. The Broadway League. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved 2011-11-05. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ Dean Stockwell's Film Reference bio
  6. ^ Tamblyn, Russell Irving. "IMDB Bio of Russ Tamblin, Amber Tamblyn's father". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  7. ^ Tamblyn, Amber. "NNDB Profile of Amber Tamblyn". NNDB by Soylent Communications, Inc. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  8. ^ Tamblyn, Amber. "Amber Tamblyn: Confessions of a Child Star". Interview by Kevin Sessums, August 30, 2009. Parade Publications, Inc. Retrieved 3 April 2012. 
  9. ^ review of "After the Gold Rush"
  10. ^ Rubenstein, Steve (December 1, 1974). "Arnis Has Become Dean Stockwell's Destiny (And what, pray tell, is Arnis?)". Fighting Stars 1 (8). 
  11. ^

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