Vale: Dean Stockwell
Veteran US actor Dean Stockwell, best known for Quantam Leap, has died.
Veteran US actor Dean Stockwell, best known for Quantam Leap, and the films Air Force One, Dune and Blue Velvet, has died aged 85.
Reports indicate he died peacefully in his sleep at home of natural causes.
His career spanned 7 decades, including as Admiral ‘Al’ Calavicci in sci-fi series Quantum Leap from 1989 and 1993. The womanising, larger than life character was the foil for Scott Bakula’s role as Dr. Sam Beckett, a physicist who engaged in space time experiments. It led to a Golden Globe win for Best Supporting Actor in 1990.
Stockwell’s series credits also include Battlestar Galactica, JAG, The Tony Danza Show and NCIS: New Orleans among others.
He began as a child actor on Broadway and would go on to appear in Anchors Aweigh, Kim, Gentleman’s Agreement, The Boy With the Green Hair, Sons and Lovers, Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
Stockwell was on the verge of a career change when he received a phone call from Harry Dean Stanton, who convinced him to join him on the set of Wim Wenders’ film, Paris, Texas. It led to a string of memorable film roles in Blue Velvet, Dune, Married to the Mob, The Rainmaker , Air Force One and The Player.