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Robert Dean Stockwell (born March 5, 1936) is an Americanmarker actor of film and television, active for over 60 years. He played Rear Admiral Albert "Al" Calavicci in the NBC television series Quantum Leap, and most recently appeared in the Sci Fi Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica as Brother Cavil. He also had a role in Blue Velvet. He played the part of Dr. Wellington Yueh in David Lynch's 1984 Dune.

Early life

Stockwell was born Robert Dean Stockwell in North Hollywood, Californiamarker, the son of Betty Veronica Olivette (nee Elizabeth Margaret Veronica), an actress and dancer, and Harry Stockwell, an actor and singer. He is the younger brother of actor Guy Stockwell.


Dean Stockwell in Stars in My Crown (1950)
Some of his notable child roles include that of Robert Shannon in The Green Years (1946), as well as playing Gregory Peck's son in Gentleman's Agreement (1947). He also starred in the lead role of the film The Boy With Green Hair in 1948, and in a film adaptation of The Secret Garden in 1949. Unlike many child actors, he continued to act past his teenage years. In 1945, he appeared in a main character role (Donald Martin) in the musical movie Anchors Aweigh alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. In 1950, he appeared in a lead role alongside Errol Flynn in Kim, the film of Rudyard Kipling's novel of the same name.

In 1959, Stockwell appeared in the film Compulsion, based on the famous case of Leopold and Loeb (with characters names changed to "Steiner and Strauss"), playing Judd Steiner. Compulsion also starred Bradford Dillman and Orson Welles as the Clarence Darrow-based lawyer Jonathan Wilk. In 1961, Stockwell guest starred in the premiere episode of ABC's Bus Stop television series, starring Marilyn Maxwell. In 1960, he undertook the lead role of coal miner's son Paul Morel in the British film Sons and Lovers. Stockwell was an American actor cast as an Englishman, working alongside British acting luminaries Trevor Howard and Wendy Hiller. 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 NBC's medical drama about psychiatry, The Eleventh Hour in the role of David Farnham in the episode "To Love Is to Live". In 1965, his performance as an escaped convict who develops feelings for a 15-year-old girl in Rapture drew both praise and controversy.

Stockwell appeared in two episodes of the mystery series Columbo, starring Peter Falk as the rumpled detective. In 1973, he was the leading actor in a horror B-film called The Werewolf of Washington. Dean played Jack Whittier, a reporter who had an affair with the daughter of the U.S. President and is sent to Hungarymarker. There he is bitten by a werewolf, and then gets transferred back to Washington, D.C.marker, where he gets a job as the press secretary to the President.

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. In 1986, Stockwell made a 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 Famemarker on February 29, 1992 (Leap Day) following the success of Quantum Leap.

Personal life

Stockwell married actress Millie Perkins in 1960 and the two divorced in 1962. In 1981 he married Joy Marchenko, with whom he had one daughter, (Sophia Stockwell), and one son, (Austin Stockwell), before they divorced in 2004.

Stockwell is an accomplished artist. He 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, he immersed himself in music and wrote several small, but challenging compositions. He is also a friend of musician Neil Young and designed the album cover art for American Stars 'N Bars. Together, they would direct 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. Interestingly, after his time at UC Berkeley he spent some time living in the California "gold country" where he briefly worked on a railroad.

Stockwell is an avid golfer and would play golf during breaks in filming episodes of Quantum Leap. He is also a martial artist, holding instructor rank in Modern Arnis.



Short subjects

  • A Really Important Person (1947)
  • Some of the Best (1949)

Television work


  1. Dean Stockwell Biography (1936-)
  2. review of "After the Gold Rush"

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