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Dean Stockwell

Dean StockwellAKA Robert Dean Stockwell

Born: 5-Mar-1936
Birthplace: North Hollywood, CA

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Blue Velvet

His father, Harry Stockwell, was a longtime stage actor who starred in Oklahoma on Broadway, and voiced Prince Charming in Walt Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. His mother was a vaudeville-era actress who gave up performing after marriage, but always loved the stage, and took her sons to an audition on Broadway in 1943, where 7-year-old Dean Stockwell and his younger brother Guy were both cast in The Innocent Voyage. Performing the play one night, Dean's reading of his big line "I won't be damned" caught the attention of a talent scout in the audience. Within weeks he was working on radio, and within months he was in movies, first as the son of Jessica Tandy and Gregory Peck in The Valley of Decision, then as Kathryn Grayson's nephew in the dance-with-the-mouse musical Anchors Aweigh with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly.

He had a rare knack for seeming like a genuine kid while delivering scripted lines on camera, so young Stockwell became MGM's go-to kid in almost two dozen movies over the next several years. His best films as a child include The Boy with Green Hair with Pat O'Brien and Robert Ryan and The Secret Garden with Margaret O'Brien. But when he finished high school, young Stockwell walked away from Hollywood, enrolled at U-Cal Berkeley, dropped out after two semesters and spent several years as a drifter. He has said that to avoid being the military draft, "I took drugs, pretended I was a fag". He worked as a spike driver on the railroad, as a baker's helper, and as a prune inspector.

In his early 20s, Stockwell returned to show business, playing a wild cowboy in Gun for a Coward with Fred MacMurray, and the younger son in the dysfunctional family classic Long Day's Journey into Night with Katharine Hepburn as his morphine-addicted mother He had a recurring TV role as a young doctor under the tutelage of Richard Chamberlain's Dr Kildare. And then Stockwell disappeared again, living a bohemian lifestyle in San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury, where he did plenty of drugs and was frequently spotted with Allen Ginsberg. In the late 1960s he dated Toni Basil, who went on to fame singing "Oh Mickey, you're so fine," and he formed a close friendship with rock singer Neil Young, even creating the cover art for Young's album American Stars'n'Bars.

Stockwell came home to Hollywood in 1968, playing the attic-dwelling mystery man in the drug-addled Psych-Out with Jack Nicholson and Bruce Dern. With only occasional disappearances he has worked steadily in films and television ever since. He played Harry Dean Stanton's brother in Paris, Texas, the deranged maniac at the heart of Blue Velvet with Kyle MacLachlan and Dennis Hopper, the Mafia boss in Married to the Mob with Michelle Pfeiffer, and the producer in Robert Altman's The Player. On TV, he played the cigar-chomping hologram alongside Scott Bakula in TV's Quantum Leap, and had recurring roles on JAG and the new improved Battlestar Galactica.

His first wife was actress Millie Perkins, best known for the title role in the 1959 adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank with Joseph Schildkraut and Shelley Winters. She also played William Devane's estranged spouse on Knots Landing and Charlie Sheen's mother in Wall Street. Stockwell's brother, Guy Stockwell, played the first mate on the early 1960s merchant marine show Adventures in Paradise, and he was a regular in the mid-60s TV anthology The Richard Boone Show. In Alejandro Jodorowsky's neglected masterpiece Santa Sangre, Guy Stockwell played the obese knife-throwing circus owner who slices his wife's arms off in front of their son.

Father: Harry Stockwell (singer/actor, b. 27-Apr-1902, d. 19-Jul-1984)
Mother: Elizabeth Stockwell (actress, "Nina Olivette", "Betty Veronica", b. 8-Aug-1910, d. 1993)
Brother: Guy Stockwell (actor, b. 16-Nov-1934, d. 6-Feb-2002)
Wife: Millie Perkins (actress, m. 15-Apr-1960, div. 30-Jul-1962)
Girlfriend: Toni Basil (pop singer, b. 22-Sep-1943, dated in late 1960s)
Wife: Joy Marchenko (b. 1949, m. 15-Dec-1981, div. 2004, one son, one daughter)
Son: Austin (b. 5-Nov-1983)
Daughter: Sophia (b. Jul-1985)

    High School: Alexander Hamilton High School, Los Angeles, CA
    University: University of California at Berkeley (dropped out)


    Battlestar Galactica (2004) John Cavil (2006-09)
    JAG SecNav Edward Sheffield (2002-04)
    First Monday Sen. Edward Sheffield (2002)
    The Tony Danza Show Frank DiMeo (1997-98)
    Street Gear John Stern (1994-95)
    Quantum Leap Adm. Al Calavicci (1989-93)
    Dr. Kildare Dr. Rudy Devereux (1965)

    Neil Young: Human Highway (Sep-1982)

    Persecuted (18-Jul-2014)
    Deep in the Darkness (29-Apr-2014)
    C.O.G. (20-Jan-2013)
    Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (27-Oct-2009)
    The Cool School (7-Mar-2008) · Himself
    The Manchurian Candidate (22-Jul-2004)
    Buffalo Soldiers (8-Sep-2001) · Gen. Lancaster
    The Quickie (25-Jul-2001)
    CQ (12-May-2001) · Dr. Ballard
    Italian Ties (5-Apr-2001)
    In Pursuit (27-Feb-2001)
    Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker (12-Dec-2000) [VOICE]
    They Nest (25-Jul-2000)
    Rites of Passage (27-Oct-1999)
    Restraining Order (30-Apr-1999)
    Water Damage (1999) · Det. Frank Skoufaris
    The Shadow Men (1998)
    The Rainmaker (21-Nov-1997) · Judge Harvey Hale
    Air Force One (25-Jul-1997) · Defense Secretary Walter Dean
    Living in Peril (21-Jun-1997)
    McHale's Navy (18-Apr-1997) · Binghampton
    Close to Danger (13-Jan-1997)
    Twilight Man (26-Jul-1996)
    Mr. Wrong (16-Feb-1996) · Jack Tramonte
    The Langoliers (14-May-1995)
    Naked Souls (1995)
    Madonna: Innocence Lost (29-Nov-1994)
    Hard Evidence (23-Sep-1994)
    Chasers (22-Apr-1994) · Salesman Stig
    Bonanza: The Return (28-Nov-1993) · Augustus Brandenburg
    Shame (18-Aug-1992)
    The Player (3-Apr-1992)
    Son of the Morning Star (3-Feb-1991)
    Catchfire (3-Apr-1990)
    Limit Up (Nov-1989)
    Married to the Mob (19-Aug-1988) · Tony "The Tiger" Russo
    Tucker: The Man and His Dream (12-Aug-1988)
    The Blue Iguana (22-Apr-1988)
    The Time Guardian (3-Dec-1987)
    Beverly Hills Cop II (20-May-1987) · Chip Cain
    Gardens of Stone (8-May-1987) · Homer Thomas
    Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, Part III (1987)
    Banzai Runner (1987)
    Blue Velvet (19-Sep-1986) · Ben
    To Live and Die in L.A. (1-Nov-1985) · Bob Grimes
    The Legend of Billie Jean (19-Jul-1985)
    Dune (14-Dec-1984) · Dr. Wellington Yueh
    Paris, Texas (14-Sep-1984) · Walt
    Neil Young: Human Highway (Sep-1982)
    Wrong Is Right (16-Apr-1982)
    Alsino and the Condor (1982)
    Tracks (Apr-1977) · Mark
    Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (26-May-1976)
    Win, Place or Steal (Feb-1975)
    The Werewolf of Washington (Oct-1973)
    The Loners (Apr-1972)
    The Last Movie (29-Sep-1971)
    The Dunwich Horror (14-Jan-1970)
    Psych-Out (6-Mar-1968)
    Rapture (23-Aug-1965)
    Long Day's Journey Into Night (9-Oct-1962) · Edmund Tyrone
    Sons and Lovers (2-Aug-1960) · Paul Morel
    Compulsion (1-Apr-1959) · Judd Steiner
    The Careless Years (2-Sep-1957) · Jerry Vernon
    Gun for a Coward (30-Jan-1957) · Hade (Harry) Keough
    Cattle Drive (8-Aug-1951) · Chester Graham, Jr.
    Kim (7-Dec-1950) · Kim
    The Happy Years (7-Jul-1950)
    Stars in My Crown (11-May-1950) · John Kenyon
    The Secret Garden (30-Apr-1949) · Colin Craven
    Down to the Sea in Ships (22-Feb-1949)
    The Boy with Green Hair (16-Nov-1948) · Peter
    Deep Waters (22-Jul-1948)
    Gentleman's Agreement (11-Nov-1947) · Tommy Green
    Song of the Thin Man (28-Aug-1947) · Nick Charles, Jr.
    The Romance of Rosy Ridge (4-Aug-1947)
    The Arnelo Affair (13-Feb-1947)
    The Mighty McGurk (2-Jan-1947) · Nipper
    Home, Sweet Homicide (11-Sep-1946)
    The Green Years (4-Jul-1946) · Robert Shannon
    Anchors Aweigh (14-Jun-1945) · Donald Martin
    The Valley of Decision (3-May-1945) · Paulie

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