“Forgotten Hollywood”- A Leap of Faith…

Posted on November 9, 2021 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…

“`Dean Stockwell began his career as a child actor and spent seventy years providing audiences with memorable performances.  He is best remembered as Admiral Al Calavicci on television’s  Quantum Leap. Stockwell (right) earned Emmy and Oscar attention along the way.

“`Dean grew up surrounded by thespians. His father, Harry Stockwell, was an actor and lyric baritone singer in New York productions of Carousel and Oklahoma! as well as the voice of Prince Charming in Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. His elder brother was television and film actor Guy Stockwell.

“`Contracted my MGM, Stockwell appeared in Anchor’s Aweigh (alongside Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Kathryn Grayson), The Valley of Decision, The Green Years and as the son of Nick and Nora Charles in Song of the Thin Man.  Dean was loaned out by MGM to co-star in Gentleman’s Agreement and The Boy with Green Hair.  After his performances in Secret Garden and Kim, he took a break from Hollywood. As a young adult, he had impressive turns in Sons and Lovers and Long Day’s Journey Into Night.

“`He was busy on television, guest-starring in Combat!, The Twilight Zone, Wagon Train, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Dr. Kildare, Bonanza, Mission: Impossible, Night Gallery, Mannix, The F. B. I.The Streets of San Francisco, ColumboMcCloud, The A-Team, Hart to Hart, Miami Vice and Murder She Wrote. Stockwell spent five years on Quantum Leap. This effort led to other guest-starring roles in sci fi episodes of Star Trek: Enterprise, Stargate SG1, and Battlestar Galactica. He was close pals with Leap co-star Scott Bakula and Russ Tamblyn, who he had known since the 1940s.

“`Some of his most impressive work was delivered in the 1980s after a brief hiatus from show business. He was cast in  Dune, The Legend of Billie Jean, To Live and Die in L. A., Blue Velvet, and his celebrated turn in Married to the Mob. The latter film was his favorite.

“`Dean Stockwell was eighty-five.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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