Iconic actor, Dean Stockwell, has passed away at the age of 85.
Stockwell was an Oscar- and Emmy-nominated actor whose career on stage, in film and TV spanned more than 70 years, died in the early morning of November 7. He died peacefully at home of natural causes, a rep for the family confirmed to Deadline.
The actor was known for his famous roles in David Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and the film “Married to the Mob.” He was also known for his roles in popular series like Quantum Leap and the rebooted Battlestar Galactica.
Robert Dean Stockwell was born in Los Angeles to actor-parents Nina Olivette and Harry Stockwell. Dean and his older brother Guy, also an actor, made their Broadway debuts in 1943 in “The Innocent Voyage.”
MGM signed the adorable Dean to a contract, and he made his first film appearances in Greer Garson-Gregory Peck drama “The Valley of Decision” and Frank Sinatra-Gene Kelly musical “Anchors Aweigh,” both in 1945, when he was 9.
In 1947 he reunited with Peck in the classic, Elia Kazan-directed screed against anti-Semitism, “Gentlemen’s Agreement,” playing Peck’s son, who is ridiculed when others (mistakenly) think he’s Jewish. The next year he starred in another issue-oriented movie, Joseph Losey’s “The Boy With the Green Hair,” a parable about racism.
Dean Stockwell will be missed…