‘Quantum Leap’ Star Dean Stockwell Dies At 85

Dean Stockwell, an Oscar and Emmy nominee, has died.

Dean Stockwell, whose career spanned more than 70 years on theater, cinema, and television, died at the age of 85.

A spokeswoman for the family confirmed to Deadline that the Quantum Leap star died of natural causes on November 7 at home.

Stockwell was born in North Hollywood in 1936. He was on Broadway by the age of seven, establishing a career as a child actor. Anchors Aweigh, in which he co-starred with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, Kim, in which he co-starred with Errol Flynn, Gentleman’s Agreement, and the controversial 1948 film The Boy With the Green Hair.

As a young adult, Stockwell returned to the Broadway stage in Compulsion with Roddy McDowall, who became a lifelong friend. Stockwell reprised his role in the film version and won his first of two Best Actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival. He also starred in Sons and Lovers and Long Day’s Journey Into Night with Katherine Hepburn.

Between 2004 and 2009, Stockwell appeared in the Battlestar Galactica reboot as Brother Cavil.

Other roles included Blue Velvet, Paris and Texas, and the original Dune, which was remade this year.

Stockwell won two best actor awards at the Cannes Film Festival and received a best-supporting actor Oscar nomination for his role in the 1988 comedy-crime movie Married to the Mob.

The North Hollywood native became a household name with his iconic role as Admiral Al Calavicci in hit sci-fi TV series Quantum Leap, which he appeared in from 1989 to 1993.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Stockwell; and their two children, Austin Stockwell and Sophie Stockwell.


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