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Dean Stockwell

Highest Rated:   100% Paris, Texas (1984)
Lowest Rated:   0% Persecuted (2014)
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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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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
35% Max Rose
  • Ben Tracey
2016
81% Entertainment
  • Frank
2015
No Score Yet Human Highway
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
2015
No Score Yet Rusty Steel
  • Hunts
2015
0% Persecuted
  • Dave Wilson
2014
No Score Yet Deep in the Darkness
  • Actor
2014
70% C.O.G.
  • Hobbs
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 Al's Beef
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Deal
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet American Black Beauty
  • Tim Lane
2005
81% The Manchurian Candidate
  • Mark Whiting
2004
No Score Yet What Katy Did
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet California Firestorm
  • Mayor Bill Klinger
2002
67% CQ
  • Dr. Ballard
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 In Pursuit
  • Charles Welz
2000
No Score Yet Creepy Crawlers
  • Sherriff Hobbs
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
82% The Rainmaker
  • Judge Harvey Hale
1997
78% 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 Shame
  • Actor
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 Texas in Flames
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Son of the Morning Star
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - Dreams
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Making of "Son of the Morning Star"
  • Actor
1991
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - Shock Theater
  • Actor
1991
50% Backtrack
  • John
1990
No Score Yet Sandino
  • Hatfield
1990
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - The Leap Home
  • Actor
1990
No Score Yet Limit Up
  • Peter Oak
1989
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - The Color of Truth - August 8, 1955
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - Jimmy
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - What Price Gloria? - October 16, 1961
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Buying Time
  • Detective Novak
1989
No Score Yet Time Guardian
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - Catch a Falling Star
  • Actor
1989
No Score Yet Quantum Leap - Kamikaze Kid - June 6, 1961
  • Actor
1989
91% Married to the Mob
  • Tony 'The Tiger' Russo
1988
84% 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
43% 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
93% To Live and Die in L.A.
  • Grimes
1985
44% The Legend of Billie Jean
  • Muldaur
1985
57% Dune
  • Dr. Wellington Yueh
1984
100% Paris, Texas
  • Walt Henderson
1984
No Score Yet To Kill a Stranger
  • John Carver
1983
No Score Yet Human Highway
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
  • Otto Quartz
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 Daniel in the Lion's Den
  • Actor
1979
No Score Yet Human Highway
  • Actor
1978
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
43% The Last Movie
  • Billy
1971
17% The Dunwich Horror
  • Wilbur Whateley
1970
No Score Yet Psych-Out
  • Dave
1968
No Score Yet Rapture
  • Actor
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
100% 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
75% 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 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Battlestar Galactica
2005-2009
  • Cavil Brother Cavil
  • Guest
No Score Yet Star Trek: Enterprise
2001-2005
  • Col. Grat
86% Enlisted
2014
  • Dan
No Score Yet NCIS: New Orleans
2014
  • Tom Hamilton
The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Lieutenant Katell
The Twilight Zone
1985-1989
  • Actor

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