Dean Stockwell

Highest Rated: 100% Compulsion (1959)
Lowest Rated: 0% Persecuted (2014)
Birthday: Mar 5, 1936
Birthplace: Hollywood, California, USA
Fans of the science fiction television series Quantum Leap will know supporting and character actor Dean Stockwell as the scene-stealing, cigar chomping, dry-witted, and cryptic hologram Al. But to view him only in that role is to see one part of a multi-faceted career that began when Stockwell was seven years old.Actually, his ties with show business stretch back to his birth for both of his parents were noted Broadway performers Harry Stockwell and Nina Olivette. His father also provided the singing voice of the prince in Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1931). Stockwell was born in North Hollywood and started out on Broadway in The Innocent Voyage (1943) at age seven. Curly haired and beautiful with a natural acting style that never descended into cloying cuteness, he made his screen debut after contracting with MGM at age nine in Anchors Aweigh (1945) and continued on to play sensitive boys in such memorable outings as The Mighty McGurk (1946), The Boy With Green Hair (1948), and The Secret Garden (1949). He would continue appearing in such films through 1951 when he went into the first of several "retirements" from films. When Stockwell resurfaced five years later it was as a brooding and very handsome 20-year-old who specialized in playing introverts and sensitive souls in roles ranging from a wild, young cowboy in Gun for a Coward (1957) to a murderous homosexual in Compulsion (1958) to an aspiring artist who cannot escape the influence of his domineering mother in Sons and Lovers (1960). Stockwell topped off this phase of his career portraying Eugene O'Neill in Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962). Stockwell would spend the next three years as a hippie and when he again renewed his career it was in such very '60s efforts as Psych-Out (1968) and the spooky and weird adaptation of a Lovecraft story, The Dunwich Horror. During this period, Stockwell also started appearing in television movies such as The Failing of Raymond (1971). In the mid-'70s, the former flower child became a real-estate broker and his acting career became sporadic until the mid-'80s when he began playing character roles. It was in this area, especially in regard to comic characters, that Stockwell has had his greatest success. Though he claims it was not intentional, Stockwell has come to be almost typecast as the king of quirk, playing a wide variety of eccentrics and outcasts. One of his most famous '80s roles was that of the effeminate and rutlhess sleaze, Ben, in David Lynch's Blue Velvet (1986). Stockwell had previously worked with Lynch in Dune and says that when the director gave him the script for Velvet, his character was not specifically mapped out, leaving Stockwell to portray Ben in any way he felt appropriate. The actor's intuition has proven to be one of his greatest tools and helped create one of modern Hollywood's most creepy-crawly villains. Whenever possible, Stockwell prefers working by instinct and actively avoids over-rehearsing his parts. His career really picked up after he landed the part of Al in Quantum Leap. Since the show's demise, Stockwell has continued to appear on screen, starring on series like Battlestar Galactica.

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Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
37% Max Rose Ben Tracey $56.9K 2016
82% Entertainment Frank $56K 2015
No Score Yet Human Highway Screenwriter Director 2015
No Score Yet Rusty Steel Hunts 2015
0% Persecuted Dave Wilson $1.6M 2014
No Score Yet Deep in the Darkness Actor 2014
68% C.O.G. Hobbs $55.8K 2013
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica: The Plan Brother Cavil 2009
No Score Yet The Nanny Express Jerry 2008
92% The Cool School Actor 2008
No Score Yet The Deal Actor 2006
No Score Yet American Black Beauty Tim Lane 2005
80% The Manchurian Candidate Mark Whiting $65.8M 2004
No Score Yet What Katy Did Actor 2004
No Score Yet California Firestorm Mayor Bill Klinger 2002
66% CQ Dr. Ballard $0.4M 2002
No Score Yet The Quickie Michael 2001
73% Buffalo Soldiers Gen. Lancaster 2001
88% Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Tim Drake 2000
No Score Yet They Nest Sherriff Hobbs 2000
No Score Yet Creepy Crawlers Sherriff Hobbs 2000
No Score Yet In Pursuit Charles Welz 2000
No Score Yet Water Damage Actor 1999
No Score Yet Restraining Order Charlie Mason 1999
No Score Yet Rites of Passage Del Farley 1999
No Score Yet Phenomenon Actor 1999
No Score Yet The Shadow Men Stan Mills 1998
No Score Yet John Grisham's The Rainmaker Judge Harvey Hale 1997
83% The Rainmaker Judge Harvey Hale 1997
76% Air Force One Defense Secretary Dean 1997
No Score Yet Midnight Blue Katz-Feeney 1997
No Score Yet Living in Peril William 1997
3% McHale's Navy Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton 1997
7% Mr. Wrong Jack Tramonte 1996
No Score Yet Twilight Man Hollis Dietz 1996
No Score Yet Naked Souls Duncan 1995
50% Stephen King's 'The Langoliers' Bob Jenkins 1995
No Score Yet Justice in a Small Town (Hard Evidence)(Day of Reckoning) Commissioner Sam Caldwell 1994
33% Chasers Stig 1994
No Score Yet Madonna: Innocence Lost Tony Ciccone 1994
No Score Yet Bonanza: The Return Augustus Brandenburg 1993
No Score Yet Fatal Memories Det. Robert Morse 1992
No Score Yet Shame Tim Curtis 1992
98% The Player Civella 1992
No Score Yet Papa Was a Preacher Actor 1992
No Score Yet Son of the Morning Star Actor 1991
No Score Yet Making of "Son of the Morning Star" Actor 1991
50% Catchfire (Backtrack) John 1990
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - The Leap Home Actor 1990
No Score Yet Sandino Hatfield 1990
No Score Yet Limit Up Peter Oak 1989
No Score Yet Buying Time Detective Novak 1989
89% Married to the Mob Tony 'The Tiger' Russo 1988
85% Tucker: The Man and His Dream Howard Hughes 1988
No Score Yet Palais Royale (Smoke Screen) (Smokescreen) Michael Dattalico 1988
0% The Blue Iguana Detective Carl Strick 1988
No Score Yet Banzai Runner Billy Baxter 1987
No Score Yet The Time Guardian Boss 1987
46% Beverly Hills Cop II Chip Cain 1987
47% Gardens of Stone Capt. Homer Thomas 1987
No Score Yet Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues Actor 1987
94% Blue Velvet Ben 1986
91% To Live and Die in L.A. Grimes 1985
40% The Legend of Billie Jean Muldaur 1985
54% Dune Dr. Wellington Yueh 1984
97% Paris, Texas Walt Henderson 1984
No Score Yet To Kill a Stranger John Carver 1983
No Score Yet Human Highway Director Otto Quartz Screenwriter 1982
38% Wrong Is Right Hacker 1982
No Score Yet Alsino y el Cóndor (Alsino and the Condor) Frank 1982
No Score Yet Born to Be Sold Marty Helick 1981
No Score Yet One Away Actor 1980
No Score Yet She Came to the Valley Pat Westall 1977
No Score Yet Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Paul Lavell 1976
43% Tracks Mark 1976
No Score Yet Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographor Narrator 1974
No Score Yet Stickfighter Actor 1974
No Score Yet The Werewolf of Washington Jack Whittier 1973
No Score Yet The Loners Stein 1972
No Score Yet Win, Place or Steal Actor 1972
No Score Yet Paper Man Avery Jensen 1971
50% The Last Movie Billy 1971
17% The Dunwich Horror Wilbur Whateley 1970
No Score Yet Psych-Out Dave 1968
No Score Yet Rapture Joseph 1965
93% Long Day's Journey Into Night Edmund 1962
75% Sons and Lovers Paul Morel 1960
100% Compulsion Judd Steiner 1959
No Score Yet Gun for a Coward Hade Keough 1957
No Score Yet Cattle Drive Chester Graham, Jr. 1951
86% Kim Kim 1951
No Score Yet Stars in My Crown John Kenyon 1950
No Score Yet The Happy Years Actor 1950
No Score Yet The Secret Garden Colin Craven 1949
No Score Yet Down to the Sea in Ships Jed Joy 1949
No Score Yet Deep Waters Donny Mitchell 1948
78% The Boy with Green Hair Peter 1948
78% Gentleman's Agreement Tommy Green 1947
No Score Yet Romance of Rosy Ridge Andrew MacBean 1947
No Score Yet The Arnelo Affair Ricky Parkson 1947
80% Song of the Thin Man Nick Charles Jr. 1947
No Score Yet The Green Years Robert Shannon as a child 1946
No Score Yet The Mighty McGurk Nipper 1946
No Score Yet Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Himself 1945
No Score Yet The Valley of Decision Paulie 1945
62% Anchors Aweigh Martin 1945
No Score Yet Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer Actor

TV

CREDIT
86% Enlisted
2014
Dan
  • 2014
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
Tom Hamilton
  • 2014
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Gunnar Malstrom
  • 2012
95% Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
Cavil Brother Cavil Guest
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2006
No Score Yet JAG
1995-2005
Secnav SECNAV Sheffield Sen. Sheffield SecNav Sheffield SecNav
  • 2004
  • 2003
  • 2002
50% Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
Col. Grat
  • 2002
No Score Yet Stargate SG-1
1997-2007
Dr. Kieran
  • 2002
No Score Yet The Drew Carey Show
1995-2004
Hal
  • 1999
No Score Yet The Commish
1991-1996
Allardyce
  • 1995
86% Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
1993-1997
  • 1994
No Score Yet Quantum Leap
1989-1993
Al `The Observer' Calavicci
  • 1993
  • 1992
  • 1991
  • 1990
  • 1989
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • 1989
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Elliot Easterbrook
  • 1988
No Score Yet The A-Team
1983-1987
Collins
  • 1983
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Harrington
  • 1975
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Charlie
  • 1973
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Matthew Rush
  • 1969
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Billy Weaver
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Lieutenant Katell
  • 1961

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