“Quantum Code” and “Blue Velvet” star Dean Stockwell is dead

Dean Stockwell, famous for his roles in Widow but not too much and Battlestar Galactica, died at the age of 85.

Dean Stockwell, Oscar and Emmy nominated actor best known for groundbreaking sci-fi series Quantum code and Battlestar Galactica also for Blue Velvet, David Lynch’s film noir, has died at the age of 85. Variety confirmed the death of the actor.

Stockwell’s career spanned seven decades and began as a child. Although he has taken a step back from acting several times during his career, he has nonetheless been prolific, appearing in all kinds of films, from sci-fi hits to to animated series, through TV movies and independent films.

Stockwell was born into a family of artists: his mother, Elizabeth Stockwell, had performed in a vaudeville, and his father, Harry Stockwell, was often present on Broadway and even lent his voice to Prince Charming in the film Snow White of Disney. Born in 1936, Stockwell made his acting debut at the age of six with a cameo appearance in a Broadway show, The Innocent Voyage. Shortly after, he signed a contract with MGM and, in 1945, landed his first film roles in The Valley of Judgment and Stopover in Hollywood. In 1947, he even received the Golden Globe for best child actor for his role in The invisible wall.

After a brief respite as a teenager, Stockwell returned to acting in his early twenties, mid-fifties. In 1959, he was named best actor at the Cannes Film Festival for his performance in The Genius of Evil, a fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb murder trial. Three years later, in 1962, he won the same award at Cannes for his role in Sidney Lumet’s film adaptation of Long journey into the night by Eugene O’Neil.

During the 1960s, Stockwell moved away from acting and joined the burgeoning hippie community of Topanga Canyon, outside Los Angeles (he became particularly close to Neil Young, with whom he would co-direct the film. Human Highway in 1982). He took another break from his acting career in the late ’70s and early’ 80s, this time to get his real estate license and become a broker.

When Stockwell returned to the movies, he entered one of the most famous periods of his career. In 1984, he starred in the independent classic Paris, Texas by Wim Wenders, while the following year he appeared in Los Angeles Federal Police by William Friedkin. He plays in Blue Velvet and in the adaptation of Dune by David Lynch, as well as in films like The Player by Robert Altman and Widow but not too much by Jonathan Demme, for which he won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.

If Dean Stockwell has landed various television roles throughout his career, it is only with Quantum code, in 1989, that he obtains his first leading role in a series, which will become a great success on top of the market. In the series, Stockwell plays Admiral Al Calavicci, the best friend and partner of time-traveling Dr. Sam Beckett (Scott Bakula). Quantum code lasted five seasons, and Stockwell was nominated four times at the Emmy Awards for his work, as well as once at the Golden Globe Awards.

Stockwell continued to work steadily through the 1990s and 2000s, appearing in blockbusters like Air Force One, TV series like JAG, and even occasionally in animated series like Captain Planet (he lent his voice to Duke Nukem). It eventually joined another sci-fi hit, the acclaimed reboot of Battlestar Galactica, in which he appeared as the infamous leader of the Cylons, John Cavil.

In a 1995 interview with Turner Classic Movies, Dean Stockwell was asked what makes him most proud of his career. After a brief moment, he replied, “ I think, perseverance. That I am still here, that I am still able to contribute, to create after 52 years.

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