Died is former child star Dean Stockwell, an Oscar-nominated actor who has turned his back on Hollywood time and time again only to earn cult status in Blue Velvet and Married to the Mafia.
The veteran actor, with over 200 film, television and theater roles, starred in The Green Hair Boy, Anchors Tremble, Blue Velvet and Married to the Mafia before turning to the little guy. screen for starring roles in the sci-fi series Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica.
Stockwell died early Sunday morning at home peacefully and naturally, a spokesman for Variety and Deadline said. TMZ was the first to report his death. He was 85 years old.
“I had the pleasure of working with Dean Stockwell for a short period of time before he left the entertainment industry,” former manager Lisa Kirk told The Times on Tuesday. “Dean was gentle, gracious and one of a kind cool performer. Dean will really be missed. “
Stockwell was in many ways the brainchild of Hollywood: he was born Robert Dean Stockwell in North Hollywood in 1936 to a show business family with stage parents. His father was Harry Stockwell, who voiced Prince Charming in Walt Disney’s classic 1937 cartoon Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and his mother, Betty, was an actress and dancer. His younger brother, Guy Stockwell, was an actor who later became an acting coach, starring in approximately 30 films and approximately 250 TV shows before dying in 2002.
Stockwell’s parents pushed him into the theater at the age of 7, and as a boy he made his Broadway debut with his brother in the 1943 film Innocent Journey. Two years later, he signed with MGM, where he made his film debut in Valley of Decisions with Greer Garson and Gregory Peck.
In the same year, he made a splash in Gene Kelly’s classic musical comedy, Anchors Aweigh, opposite Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Katherine Grayson. Over the next seven years, he starred in 17 MGM films, including Green Years (1946), A Gentlemen’s Agreement (1947), The Boy with Green Hair (1948) and The Secret Garden (1949). …
By the age of 15, he had already made 20 films, but he did not like the attention, so he said goodbye to Hollywood in 1952, when he was only 16 years old. To avoid pressure, he changed his name and wandered around the country for five years, collecting what he collected. odd jobs he could. But with little skills to sell in the marketplace, he returned to acting in 1957, appearing in the Broadway production of Compulsion as a powerful lead actor. He reprized the role in the 1959 film adaptation and won an Acting Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance. He also appeared as Edmund opposite Katharine Hepburn and Ralph Richardson in the 1962 film version of The Long Day Into Night’s Journey. This performance earned him another Cannes award.
The actor married Anne Frank Diary star Millie Perkins in 1960, but they divorced two years later. Despite his renewed success, Stockwell took a three-year hiatus from the industry in the 1960s and became a self-proclaimed hippie hanging out in Topanga Canyon with actors Dennis Hopper and Russ Tamblyn.
He returned again in the early 1970s, playing several roles in television and film, but left the business again in 1976. He met his second wife, Joy Marchenko, on the beach during the 1976 Cannes Film Festival, and they got married in 1981. …
Stockwell returned to Hollywood again, making his directorial debut with Neil Young in the original apocalyptic comedy Highway of Men, which he co-wrote with Hopper and Tamblyn in 1982. But he again gave up acting and sold the property. in Santa Fe, New Mexico
“V [best acting] I threw the Cannes scrolls into the fireplace one night, ”he told The Times in 1990. “I don’t know. I couldn’t find any work. I was depressed. One night I (got angry) and threw them into the fire.”
But almost immediately after he left town, Hollywood began looking for him again.
Stockwell played supporting roles in a series of films before confronting director David Lynch in Mexico City. Lynch said he believed Stockwell had already died.
“This person looked familiar, but [I told myself] it couldn’t be who I thought it was, and it made me feel a little crazy, “Lynch told The Times in 1990.” Then I realized it was Dean, and he was alive. “
The duo worked together on the 1984 Lynch adaptation of Dune, in which Stockwell played the evil Dr. Wellington Yue. He stayed with Lynch when the director began filming Blue Velvet, in which he played a pimp who cooed while torturing a girl.
“I didn’t feel like I was taking risks with Blue Velvet,” Stockwell told The Times. “I felt like I hit the nail on the head. Dennis [Hopper] played the unforgivable psycho in the film, and I was supposed to be the one he admired. I realized I must be weirder than him. “
However, Stockwell said he never felt like he belonged to the mainstream of show business.
“I always felt like I was somehow on the sidelines,” he told The Times in 1986. “People always ask me, ‘Why do you keep making these extraordinary films? “Answer: they are the only ones that are usually offered to me.”
But Hollywood eventually took notice, and Stockwell received an Oscar nomination as a supporting actor for Jonathan Demme’s 1988 comedy Married to the Mafia, in which he played mobster Tony “Tiger” Russo.
Shortly after the nomination, Stockwell played the witty hologram on NBC’s science fiction series Quantum Leap from 1989 to 1993; in 1990 he received the Golden Globe Award. He also played Admiral Al Kalavicci, the time-traveling physicist Scott Bakula’s best friend. The show brought both men a cult following, which continued when Stockwell played John Cavil in Syfy’s hit series Battlestar Galactica, which ran from 2006 to 2009.
Stockwell has starred in several films, including the action movie Air Force One with Harrison Ford in 1997 and The Manchu Candidate in 2004. He also had recurring roles in the short-lived TV series The Tony Danza Show and JAG. In 2014, he reunited with Bakula to participate in NCIS: New Orleans. In their later years, the couple also participated in various comic and science fiction conventions.
A renowned environmentalist, Stockwell voiced environmental villain Duke Nukem in the 1990s environmental cartoon Captain Planet and the Airliners.
His fans raised a $ 30,000 sponsorship to bring the actor a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame by recycling bottles and cans.