Veteran character actor Dean Stockwell, perhaps best known for his role in the series Quantum Leap, has died at the age of 85. According to Deadline, the actor died of natural causes at his home in the early morning of November 7, 2021.
Stockwell was born in North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California in 1936, and began acting as a child during what many consider the “Golden Age” of Hollywood and the studio system. At the time he was well-known for his innocent, cherubic face and dimples, assets that opened doors into any number of films including early work with Abbott and Costello and the 1949 adaptation of The Secret Garden.
He would go on to star in numerous Broadway productions, as well, but it was work in movies and television that always spoke to the actor. He has over 200 credits on his IMDb profile in a career that spanned seven decades.
Still, the work wasn’t always consistent. He was on the verge of changing careers entirely when he received a call from Harry Dean Stanton asking him to join the cast of Paris, Texas, a film that reinvigorated the actors career and introduced him to a new generation of audiences.
Then, in the late 80s, he was cast in Quantum Leap opposite Scott Bakula where he played Al, Bakula’s companion as he leapt across time and space, jumping into people’s lives, as he tried to make his way back home. The series ran for four years and Stockwell received 4 Emmy Nominations for his work in the show.
The actor’s other credits include Battlestar Galactica, The Twilight Zone, Dune (1984), and Captain Planet and the Planeteers.
Stockwell is survived by his wife and their two children. iHorror sends our condolences to the family and friends of this magnificently talented actor.