Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell

Stockwell in 2012
Born Robert Dean Stockwell
(1936-03-05) March 5, 1936
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1945–present
Spouse(s) Millie Perkins
(m. 1960; div. 1962)

Joy Marchenko
(m. 1981; div. 2004)

Carol Belle
(m. 2016)
Parent(s) Harry Stockwell (father)
Relatives Guy Stockwell (brother)

Robert Dean Stockwell (born March 5, 1936, although numerous sources incorrectly report 1935) is an American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 70 years.[1] 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 NBC-TV Universal series Quantum Leap, and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel 21st century revival of Battlestar Galactica.[2] He was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Married to the Mob (1988).

Early life

Stockwell was born in North Hollywood, California, but was raised in New York.[3] He was the younger son of Elizabeth Veronica Stockwell, an actress, comedian, singer and toe dancer in Burlesque and theatre in Northern America and New York, 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".[4] His elder brother was television and film actor Guy Stockwell.[5]


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 include 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 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.

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;[6] 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 early 1960s, Stockwell dropped out of show business, becoming active in the hippie subculture.[7]

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.[7]

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. In 1997 Stockwell co-starred with Harrison Ford and Glenn Close in the blockbuster suspense thriller Air Force One.

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.

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

Personal life

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.[8] 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.[9][10]

Stockwell has been widely reported to be the godfather of actress Amber Tamblyn;[11] however, in a 2009 interview with Parade, 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.[12]

He 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.[13]

Stockwell is an avid golfer and played golf during breaks in filming episodes of Quantum Leap. He is a martial artist, holding instructor rank in Modern Arnis.[14]

He is an "avowed environmentalist",[15] a characteristic which some of his onscreen characters have shared.

Stockwell has appeared at numerous science fiction related conventions.



Year Title Role Notes
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
1950 Kim Kim
1951 Cattle Drive Chester Graham, Jr.
1957 Gun for a Coward Hade Keough
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)
1965 Rapture Joseph
1968 Psych-Out Dave
1970 The Dunwich Horror Wilbur Whateley
1971 The Last Movie Billy the Kid
1972 The Loners Stein
1973 The Werewolf of Washington Jack Whittier
1974 The Pacific Connection Miguel
1975 Win, Place or Steal Billy
1975 Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer Narrator
1976 Citizen Soldier
1976 One Away Pete Bass
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Paul Lavell
1977 Tracks Mark
1979 She Came to the Valley Pat Westall
1979 Alsino and the Condor Frank
1982 Wrong Is Right Hacker
1982 Human Highway Otto Quartz
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
1986 Blue Velvet Ben
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 alternative titles Smoke Screen or Smokescreen
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
1989 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
Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Buying Time Detective Novak
1990 Limit Up Peter Oak
1990 Sandino Captain Hatfield
1990 Catchfire John Luponi
1992 Friends and Enemies Freddie
1992 The Player Andy Civella
1994 Chasers Salesman Stig
1995 Naked Souls Duncan
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 Midnight Blue Katz-Feeney
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 Rite of Passage Del Farraday
2000 The Flunky Micky
2000 They Nest Sheriff Hobbs
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Tim Drake
2001 In Pursuit Charles Welz
2001 Italian Ties N/A
2001 CQ Dr. Ballard
2001 The Quickie Michael
2001 Buffalo Soldiers General Lancaster
2002 Inferno Mayor Bill Klinger
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Mark Whiting
2007 The Deal Agent Tremayne
2008 The Cool School himself
2013 Max Rose Ben Tracey
2013 C.O.G. Hobbs
2013 Persecuted Dave Wilson
2014 Deep in the Darkness Phil Deighton Adaptation of the book Deep in the Darkness
2015 Entertainment Frank


Year Title Role Notes
1956 Matinee Theatre N/A 4 episodes
1957 Wagon Train Jimmy Drew Episode: "The Ruth Owens Story"
1957 Wagon Train Juan Ortega Episode: "The Juan Ortega Story"
1958 Cimarron City Bud Tatum Episode: "Kid on a Calico Horse"
1959 Wagon Train Rodney Lawrence Episode: "The Rodney Lawrence Story"
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 Wagon Train Will Santee Episode: "The Will Santee Story"
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 Movie
1971 The Failing of Raymond Raymond Movie
1972 Adventures of Nick Carter Freddy Duncan Unsold TV 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 Cop on the Beat Det. Callan Movie
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"
1977 A Killing Affair Kenneth Switzer Movie
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 Movie
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 Movie
1988 Murder, She Wrote Eliot Easterbrook Episode: "Deadpan"
1989–93 Quantum Leap Admiral Al Calavicci 97 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)
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1990–93)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series
1989 The Twilight Zone Martin Decker Episode: "Room 2426"
1990–92 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Duke Nukem 10 episodes
1991 Son of the Morning Star General Philip Sheridan Movie
1992 Picket Fences Phil Banks Episode: "Pilot"
1993 Bonanza: The Return Augustus Brandenburg Movie
1994 Vanishing Son II Mickey Jo Movie
1994 Justice in a Small Town Commissioner Sam Caldwell Movie
1994 The Innocent Capt. Jason Flaboe Movie
1994 Madonna: Innocence Lost Tony Ciccone Movie
1994 in the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance Jack Lowe Movie
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"
1997–98 The Tony Danza Show Frank DiMeo 14 episodes
1998 It's True Mr. Murphy Unsold pilot
1998 Phenomenon: The Lost Archives Episode 01x08: ″Monopoly Men″
1999 What Katy Did Tramp Movie
1999 The Drew Carey Show Hal Episode: "Y2K, You're Okay"
2002–04 JAG Secretary of the Navy (SecNav) 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"
2006–09 Battlestar Galactica John Cavil 14 episodes
2009 The Dunwich Horror Dr. Henry Armitage Movie
2008 Crash Frankie Navajo Episode: "Los Muertos"
2014 Enlisted Dan Episode: "Vets"
2014 NCIS: New Orleans Tom Hamilton Episode: "Chasing Ghosts"

Radio appearances

Year Program Episode/source
1952 Lux Radio Theatre Kim[16]


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  13. review of "After the Gold Rush"
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