Robert Dean Stockwell (born March 5, 1936) is a retired American actor of film and television, with a career spanning over 70 years. As a child actor under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, he first came to the public’s attention in films such as Anchors Aweigh (1945), The Green Years (1946), Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), and Kim (1950).
As a young adult, he played a lead role in the 1957 Broadway and 1959 screen adaptations of Compulsion and in 1962, Stockwell played Edmund Tyrone in the film version of Long Day’s Journey into Night. He appeared in supporting roles in such films as Paris, Texas (1984), To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), Blue Velvet (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), The Player (1992), and Air Force One (1997). He earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Married to the Mob (1988).
His television roles include playing Rear Admiral Albert “Al” Calavicci in Quantum Leap (1989–1993) and Brother Cavil in the Sci Fi Channel revival of Battlestar Galactica (2004–2009). Following his roles on Quantum Leap and Battlestar Galactica, Stockwell appeared at numerous science fiction conventions.
1945 The Horn Blows at Midnight N/A
1945 The Valley of Decision Paulie
1945 Anchors Aweigh Donald Martin
1945 Abbott and Costello in Hollywood Dean Uncredited
1946 The Green Years Robert Shannon
1946 Home, Sweet Homicide Archie Carstairs
1947 The Mighty McGurk Nipper
1947 The Arnelo Affair Ricky Parkson
1947 The Romance of Rosy Ridge Andrew MacBean
1947 A Really Important Person Billy Reilly Short film
1947 Song of the Thin Man Nick Charles, Jr.
1947 Gentleman’s Agreement Tommy Green Golden Globe Award for Best Juvenile Actor
1948 Deep Waters Donny Mitchell
1948 The Boy with Green Hair Peter Fry
1949 Some of the Rest N/A Short film
1949 Down to the Sea in Ships Jed Joy
1949 The Secret Garden Colin Craven
1950 Stars in My Crown John Kenyon
1950 The Happy Years John Humperdink Stover
1950 Kim Kim
1951 Cattle Drive Chester Graham, Jr.
1957 Gun for a Coward Hade Keough
1957 Wagon Train Jimmy Drew
1957 The Careless Years Jerry Vernon
1959 Compulsion Judd Steiner Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1960 Sons and Lovers Paul Morel Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
1962 Long Day’s Journey Into Night Edmund Tyrone Best Actor Award (Cannes Film Festival)
1965 Rapture Joseph
1968 Kábulat – Psych-Out Dave
1970 The Dunwich Horror Wilbur Whateley
1971 The Last Movie Billy the Kid
1972 The Loners Stein
1973 The Werewolf of Washington Jack Whittier
1974 The Pacific Connection Miguel
1975 Win, Place or Steal Billy
1975 Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer Narrator
1976 Citizen Soldier
1976 One Away Pete Bass
1976 Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood Paul Lavell
1977 Tracks Mark
1979 She Came to the Valley Pat Westall
1979 Alsino and the Condor Frank
1982 Wrong Is Right Hacker
1982 Human Highway Otto Quartz Also director and writer
1984 Párizs, Texas – (Paris, Texas) Walt Henderson
1984 Dune Doctor Wellington Yueh
1985 To Kill a Stranger N/A
1985 Papa Was a Preacher John
1985 The Legend of Billie Jean Muldaur
1985 To Live and Die in L.A. Bob Grimes
1986 Blue Velvet Ben
1987 The Time Guardian Boss
1987 Banzai Runner Billy Baxter
1987 A fájdalom kövei – Gardens of Stone Capt. Homer Thomas
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Chip Cain
1988 Palais Royale Michael Dattalico
1988 The Long Haul Mario
1988 The Blue Iguana Detective Carl Strick
1988 Tucker: The Man and His Dream Howard Hughes Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
1988 Married to the Mob Anthony “Tony the Tiger” Russo Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated—Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
1989 Buying Time Detective Novak
1990 Limit Up Peter Oak
1990 Sandino Captain Hatfield
1990 Catchfire John Luponi
1992 Friends and Enemies Freddie
1992 The Player Andy Civella
1994 Chasers Salesman Stig
1995 Naked Souls Duncan
1996 Mr. Wrong Jack Tramonte
1996 The Last Resort Grey Wolf
1996 Unabomber: The True Story Ben Jeffries
1997 McHale’s Navy Capt. Wallace B. Binghampton
1997 Midnight Blue Katz-Feeney
1997 Living in Peril William
1997 Air Force One Defense Secretary Walter Dean
1997 The Shadow Men Stan Mills
1997 The Rainmaker Judge Harvey Hale
1998 Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights Bophisto
1999 Restraining Order Charlie Mason
1999 Water Damage Det. Frank Skoufaris
1999 The Venice Project Sen. Campbell
1999 Rites of Passage Del Farraday Also associate producer
2000 The Flunky Micky
2000 They Nest Sheriff Hobbs
2000 Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker Tim Drake Voice
2001 In Pursuit Charles Welz Direct-to-DVD
2001 Italian Ties N/A
2001 CQ Dr. Ballard
2001 The Quickie Michael
2001 Buffalo Soldiers General Lancaster
2002 Inferno Mayor Bill Klinger
2004 The Manchurian Candidate Mark Whiting
2007 The Deal Agent Tremayne
2008 Al’s Beef The Sheriff Short film
2008 The Cool School Himself Documentary
2013 C.O.G. Hobbs
2013 Persecuted Dave Wilson
2013 Max Rose Ben Tracey
2014 Deep in the Darkness Phil Deighton
2014 Rusty Steel Hunts Direct-to-DVD
2015 Entertainment Frank
1956 Matinee Theatre N/A 4 episodes
1957–1961 Wagon Train Will Santee / Rodney Lawrence / Juan Ortega / Jimmy Drew 4 episodes
1958 Cimarron City Bud Tatum Episode: “Kid on a Calico Horse”
1959 Buick-Electra Playhouse n/a Episode: “The Killers”
1959 Johnny Staccato Dave Episode: “Nature of the Night”
1960 Checkmate Roddy Stevenson Episode: “Cyanide Touch”
1960 The DuPont Show with June Allyson John Perry Episode: “The Dance Man”
1960 Stagecoach West N/A Episode: “Red Sand”
1961 The Twilight Zone Lt. Katell Episode: “A Quality of Mercy”
1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Billy Weaver Episode: “The Landlady”
1962 Alfred Hitchcock Hour David Episode: “Annabel”
1963 Combat! Rob Lawson Episode: “High Named Today”
1964 Kraft Suspense Theatre Martin Rosetti Episode: “Their Own Executioners”
1965 Dr. Kildare Dr. Rudy Deveraux 6 episodes
1969 Bonanza Matthew Rush Episode: “The Medal”
1971 Paper Man Avery Jensen Television film
1971 The Failing of Raymond Raymond Television film
1972 Adventures of Nick Carter Freddy Duncan Pilot
1972 Columbo Eric Wagner Episode: “The Most Crucial Game”
1973 Mission: Impossible Gunnar Malestrom Episode: “The Pendulum”
1973 Night Gallery Charlie Evans Episode: “Whisper”
1973 The Streets of San Francisco Paul Thomas Episode: “Legion of the Lost”
1975 Police Story Bennett 4 episodes
1975 Cop on the Beat Det. Callan Television film
1975 Columbo Lloyd Harrington Episode: “Troubled Waters”
1975 Ellery Queen Cliff Waddell Episode: “The Adventure of the Blunt Instrument”
1975 Three for the Road Ethan Crawford Episode: “The Trail of Bigfoot”
1976 McCloud Pete Lancaster Episode: “‘Twas the Fight before Christmas”
1977 A Killing Affair Kenneth Switzer Television film
1977 Quinn Martin’s Tales of the Unexpected Richard Ayres Episode: “No Way Out”
1978 Greatest Heroes of the Bible Hissar Episode: “Daniel in the Lion’s Den”
1981 Born to Be Sold Marty Helick Television film
1982 Hart to Hart James Francis Episode: “Harts’ Desire”
1983 The A-Team Officer Collins Episode: “A Small and Deadly War”
1985 Miami Vice Jack Gretsky Episode: “Bushido”
1986 Hunter Brother Harold Hobarts Episode: “Bad Company”
1987 The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues James McLaughlin Television film
1988 Murder, She Wrote Eliot Easterbrook Episode: “Deadpan”
1989–1993 Quantum Leap Admiral Al Calavicci 97 episodes
Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1990)
Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1991)
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film (1991–1993)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1990–1993)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series (1993)
1989 The Twilight Zone Martin Decker Episode: “Room 2426”
1990–1992 Captain Planet and the Planeteers Duke Nukem Voice
1991 Son of the Morning Star General Philip Sheridan Television film
1992 Picket Fences Phil Banks Episode: “Pilot”
1993 Bonanza: The Return Augustus Brandenburg Television film
1994 Vanishing Son II Mickey Jo Television film
1994 Justice in a Small Town Commissioner Sam Caldwell Television film
1994 The Innocent Capt. Jason Flaboe Television film
1994 Madonna: Innocence Lost Tony Ciccone Television film
1994 In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance Jack Lowe Television film
1994 Chicago Hope Robert St. Clair Episode: “Songs from the Cuckoo Birds”
1994 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Preston Carpenter Episode: “The Rival”
1995 The Langoliers Bob Jenkins 2 episodes
1995 The Man from Snowy River Professor Julius Waugh 2 episodes
1995 Nowhere Man Gus Shepherd Episode: “You Really Got a Hold on Me”
1996 Unabomber: The True Story Ben Jeffries Television film
1997–1998 The Tony Danza Show Frank DiMeo 14 episodes
1998 It’s True Mr. Murphy Pilot
1998 Phenomenon: The Lost Archives Episode: ″Monopoly Men″
1999 What Katy Did Tramp Television film
1999 The Drew Carey Show Hal Episode: “Y2K, You’re Okay”
2002–2004 JAG Senator Edward Sheffield 11 episodes
2002 First Monday Senator Edward Sheffield 3 episodes
2002 Star Trek: Enterprise Colonel Grat Episode: “Detained”
2002 Stargate SG-1 Doctor Kieran Episode: “Shadow Play”
2006–2009 Battlestar Galactica John Cavil 14 episodes
2009 The Dunwich Horror Dr. Henry Armitage Television film
2008 Crash Frankie Navajo Episode: “Los Muertos”
2009 Battlestar Galactica: The Plan John Cavil Television film
2014 Enlisted Dan Episode: “Vets”
2014 NCIS: New Orleans Tom Hamilton Episode: “Chasing Ghosts”
Stockwell was born in North Hollywood, California, but was grew up in New York.Stockwell was born into a family of entertainers. He is the younger son of Elizabeth “Betty” Stockwelland Harry Stockwell, an actor and lyric baritone singer in New York productions of Carousel and Oklahoma! as well as the voice of Prince Charming in Disney’s film Snow White. His elder brother was television and film actor Guy Stockwell. His stepmother, Elizabeth Veronica Stockwell, was an actress, comedian, singer, and toe dancer in Burlesque and theater in Northern America and New York.
Child star at MGM
Stockwell’s father was appearing on Broadway in Oklahoma!, when he heard about a play, Innocent Voyage by Paul Osborne, that was looking for child actors. As a result, Stockwell’s mother took their two sons down to audition. Both boys were successful. Stockwell’s part was small and the play only had a short run, but it led to a contract with MGM.
The studio cast Stockwell in a small role in The Valley of Decision (1945), a popular melodrama. Producer Joe Pasternak gave him a bigger part in Anchors Aweigh (1945) alongside Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly, in which Stockwell played the younger brother of Kathryn Grayson.
The film was popular and MGM put him in a key role of Robert Shannon in The Green Years (1946), an orphan who grows up to be Tom Drake. It was a huge hit. He also made a brief appearance in the MGM school room during the chase sequence of Abbott and Costello in Hollywood (1945).
20th Century Fox borrowed him for Home, Sweet Homicide (1946) with Peggy Ann Garner where he was billed fourth. He co-starred with Wallace Beery in The Mighty McGurk (1947) at MGM, a remake of The Champ (1931) which Beery had made previously with Jackie Cooper. He had the lead in a short A Really Important Person (1947).
Stockwell had supporting roles in The Arnelo Affair (1947); The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947) (playing Janet Leigh’s brother); Song of the Thin Man (1947), billed fourth as the son of William Powell and Myrna Loy. Stockwell later said, “I have very positive feelings regarding both of them, they were very sweet people, especially Myrna Loy. And that cute little dog, Asta. I liked that little dog.”
Nevertheless, Stockwell found the experience of being a child actor difficult overall, stating, “I didn’t enjoy acting particularly, when I was young. I thought it was a lot of work. There were a few films that I enjoyed, they were comedies, they were not important films, weren’t very successful, so I was always pretty much known as a serious kid. I got those kind of roles and I didn’t care for them very much.”
Fox borrowed him again to play Gregory Peck’s son in Gentleman’s Agreement (1947), a film which Stockwell “didn’t like doing at all, because it was so serious. In other words, when I would find out I was going to do another movie, my mother would always bring that news to me, and the first question that I would always ask was, ‘Is there a crying scene in the movie?’ And there almost always was.”
He played an orphaned runaway longing to go to sea in Deep Waters (1948). He was then borrowed by RKO Pictures to play the title role in The Boy with Green Hair (1948) directed by Joseph Losey, a notorious flop for the Dore Schary regime. Stockwell said that “during the production, I did feel that I was part of something that meant something to me, it was important.”
Back at Fox, he was cast as Lionel Barrymore’s grandson and Richard Widmark’s protégé in Down to the Sea in Ships (1949), before supporting Margaret O’Brien at MGM in The Secret Garden (1949), a box office disappointment. Stockwell later described the picture as “More crying scenes! And temper tantrums! But I enjoyed very much working with Margaret, she was a very talented little actress. “
In MGM’s popular Stars in My Crown (1950), which he did not enjoy doing, he was billed third after Joel McCrea and Ellen Drew .
Stockwell was top billed in The Happy Years, which lost a considerable amount of money for the studio, but then played the title role in Kim (1950) alongside Errol Flynn and Paul Lukas, a big commercial success.
In 1951 he appeared in a lead role alongside Joel McCrea in a Western at Universal, Cattle Drive (1951).
Young adult career
Stockwell graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School, and attended the University of California for a year before dropping out. “I was unhappy and could not get along with people,” he later said.
Stockwell took a number of years off and resumed his acting career as an adult in 1956. He guest starred on shows such as Front Row Center, Matinee Theatre, Schlitz Playhouse, The United States Steel Hour, Climax!, Men of Annapolis, Cimarron City, General Electric Theater, and Wagon Train.
He had a support role in a Western, Gun for a Coward (1957) and the lead role in a low budget teen melodrama, The Careless Years (1957), the feature directorial debut of Arthur Hiller. It was made for Bryna Productions, the company of Kirk Douglas. Stockwell signed a five-year deal with the company but this was the only film he made for them.
In 1957, he starred as Judd Steiner in the Broadway adaptation of Compulsion, based on the Leopold and Loeb story. He later reprised his role in the 1959 film version. He and his Compulsion co-stars Orson Welles and Bradford Dillman shared the 1959 Cannes Film Award for Best Actor.
Stockwell continued to work heavily in TV on such shows as Playhouse 90, Johnny Staccato, Buick-Electra Playhouse, and The Restless Gun.
In 1960, he played coal miner’s son Paul Morel in the British film Sons and Lovers, alongside Trevor Howard and Wendy Hiller. Stockwell later called it “a very delightful film to do”.
He continued to work mostly in TV including episodes of Checkmate, The DuPont Show with June Allyson, Outlaws, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Joke and the Valley, Bus Stop, The Twilight Zone (“A Quality of Mercy”), Alcoa Premiere, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The Dick Powell Theatre.
In 1962, he appeared in an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s play Long Day’s Journey Into Night along with Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson and Jason Robards, under the direction of Sidney Lumet. Stockwell later called it “as intense and rewarding an experience as I’ve had.”
He guest starred on Combat!, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Defenders, The Eleventh Hour, Kraft Suspense Theatre, Burke’s Law, and had a six-episode arc on Dr Kildare.
In the mid-1960s, Stockwell dropped out of show business, becoming active in the Topanga Canyon hippie subculture as a close friend of artists George Herms and Wallace Berman, fellow child actor/”dropout” Russ Tamblyn and musician Neil Young.
“I did some drugs and went to some love-ins,” he later said. “The experience of those days provided me with a huge, panoramic view of my existence that I didn’t have before. I have no regrets.”
Second return to acting
Stockwell returned to acting with a support role in Psych-Out (1968) co starring Susan Strasberg and Jack Nicholson. He guest starred on Thirty-Minute Theatre in Britain, The FBI and Bonanza, and played the lead in AIP’s The Dunwich Horror (1970) with Sandra Dee.
He also had a key part in Dennis Hopper’s The Last Movie (1971). In 1985 Stockwell said this film “is a great picture. It was ahead of its time then – and it still is… it will gain respect over the years. Dennis Hopper is a marvelous director.”
Stockwell guest starred on Mannix, The FBI (again), Night Gallery, Orson Welles’ Great Mysteries and Mission: Impossible and had the lead in some TV movies, Paper Man (1971) and The Failing of Raymond (1971) as well as a support part in The Adventures of Nick Carter (1972).
Stockwell had the lead in a biker movie, The Loners (1972), the last film of Sam Katzman which Stockwell called “a mess”, and horror comedy The Werewolf of Washington (1973). Stockwell said the script of the latter “had a brilliant edge to it. It was satirical, political, funny, witty and wonderful” but said the director ruined it.
During the mid-1970s, he designed the distinctive cover of Young’s American Stars ‘n Bars (1976).
He continued to guest for TV shows such as Police Surgeon, The Streets of San Francisco, Columbo, Joe Forrester, Three for the Road, Cannon, Ellery Queen, Police Story, McCloud, Tales of the Unexpected, Greatest Heroes of the Bible, Hart to Hart, The A Team, and Simon & Simon.
He appeared in the occasional feature such as The Pacific Connection (1974), Win, Place or Steal (1974), Won Ton Ton: The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976), Tracks (1976) with Dennis Hopper, One Away (1976), A Killing Affair (1977), She Came to the Valley (1979), Born to Be Sold (1981), and Wrong Is Right (1982).
Stockwell and Neil Young together directed and appeared in Human Highway (1982). He starred in Alsino and the Condor, a Nicaraguan film, and To Kill a Stranger (1983). By this time Stockwell had moved to New Mexico and was depressed about the state of his career, turning to real estate to pay the bills.
Comeback: Paris, Texas and David Lynch
In 1984, he appeared in Wim Wenders’ critically acclaimed film Paris, Texas, and in the same year, in David Lynch’s film version of Dune as Wellington Yueh. In between he appeared in Fox Mystery Theater. Stockwell later said “After Paris, Texas and Dune I think I’ve got a pretty good start on what amounts to a third career.”
The following year, he turned in a brief but significant role as attorney Bob Grimes in William Friedkin’s To Live and Die in L.A.. He was also in The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), an episode of Miami Vice and Papa Was a Preacher (1986).
In 1986, Stockwell made an appearance in another Lynch production, the neo-noir thriller Blue Velvet. He was in episodes of Hunter and Murder, She Wrote, and the films Gardens of Stone (1987) (directed by Francis Ford Coppola), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III: The Legend Continues (1987), The Time Guardian (1987), Banzai Runner (1987), and The Blue Iguana (1987).
In 1988, he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Mafia boss Tony “the Tiger” Russo in the comedy Married to the Mob. Stockwell later called it “the favorite part I’ve ever had in a film. I just felt that that part was just perfect for me and I had a way to approach it that I thought was just right and it turned out that way.”
He also had roles in Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988) from Coppola, Smokescreen (1988), the Brazilian The Long Haul (1989), the reboot of The Twilight Zone, Buying Time (1989), and Limit Up (1989).
In 1989 Stockwell appeared in the show Quantum Leap which ended up running for five seasons.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on February 29, 1992 (Leap Day) following the success of Quantum Leap.
During the series’ run, Stockwell appeared in Catchfire (1990) directed by Hopper, Citizen Soldier (1990, originally shot in 1976), Sandino (1991), Son of the Morning Star (1992), The Player (1992), Shame (1992), Captain Planet and the Planeteers, Friends and Enemies (1992), and Fatal Memories (1992).
Following the end of Quantum Leap, Stockwell appeared in Bonanza: The Return (1993), Caught in the Act (1993), In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance (1994), Chasers (1994), Vanishing Son II (1994), Justice in a Small Town (1994), The Innocent (1994), Madonna: Innocence Lost (1994), Deadline for Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan (1995), and The Langoliers (1995).
He guest starred on Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Chicago Hope.
He tried another regular series, Street Gear (1995) but it only lasted 13 episodes. Stockwell was in episodes of Snowy River: The McGregor Saga, Nowhere Man, The Commish, Can’t Hurry Love, and Ink.
He had roles in Mr. Wrong (1996), Naked Souls (1996), Twilight Man (1996), Unabomber: The True Story (1996), Last Resort (1996), Close to Danger (1997), Living in Peril (1997), McHale’s Navy (1997), Midnight Blue (1997), Air Force One (1997), The Shadow Men (1997), The Rainmaker (1997), and Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights (1998).
Stockwell had a regular role on The Tony Danza Show (1998) which only ran 14 episodes.
He was in Restraining Order (1999), Water Damage (1999), The Venice Project (1999), Rites of Passage (1999), and What Katy Did (1999).
Stockwell’s performances included They Nest (2000), In Pursuit (2000), Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (2000), The Flunky (2000), Italian Ties (2001), CQ (2001) directed by Coppola’s son Roman, The Quickie (2001), Buffalo Soldiers (2001), Inferno (2002), The Manchurian Candidate (2004), American Black Beauty (2005), The Deal (2007), The Nanny Express (2008),
He guest starred on First Monday, Star Trek: Enterprise (reunited with Bakula), Stargate SG-1, JAG, Crash with Hopper. He had a semi-regular part on Battlestar Galactica from 2008 as John Cavil.
He was also in another version of The Dunwich Horror (2009), and C.O.G. (2013), Max Rose (2013), Deep in the Darkness (2014), Persecuted (2014), and Rusty Steel (2015).
He reunited with Bakula on an episode of NCIS: New Orleans. His last appearance to date was in Entertainment (2015).
Along with Jack Lemmon and Marcello Mastroianni, Stockwell won the award for best actor at the Cannes Film Festival twice, for Compulsion and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.
He joined the cast of the 2004 revival of Battlestar Galactica starting with its second-season finale, portraying Cylon John Cavil, the lead antagonist.
Stockwell married actress Millie Perkins on April 15, 1960; they divorced on July 30, 1962. He married Joy Marchenko, a textiles expert who worked in Morocco, on December 15, 1981. They had two children: a son, Austin, born November 5, 1983, and a daughter, Sophia, born August 5, 1985.
Stockwell has been reported to be the godfather of actress Amber Tamblyn; in a 2009 interview with Parade, Tamblyn explained that “godfather” was “just a loose term” for Stockwell, Dennis Hopper and Neil Young, three famous friends of her father’s, who were always around the house when she was growing up, and who were big influences on her life.
He is an accomplished artist who creates both digitally enhanced photographs and original collages in the style of Wallace Berman. During his time at the University of California, Berkeley, Stockwell immersed himself in music and wrote several small compositions. With Young, Stockwell co-wrote and co-directed the cult film Human Highway (1982). The title track from Young’s 1970 album After the Gold Rush is based on an unproduced screenplay written by Stockwell and the reclusive Herb Bermann, a writer/actor best known for his work with Captain Beefheart.
Stockwell is an avid golfer and played golf during breaks in filming episodes of Quantum Leap. He is a martial artist, holding instructor rank in Modern Arnis.
He is an “avowed environmentalist”.
He campaigned for the Democrats in the 1992 U.S. presidential election.
In 2017, it was reported that Stockwell had suffered a stroke two years previously, and had retired from acting.
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