For those of you who are 80s/90s kids, like myself, you more than likely remember Quantum Leap. Who could forget that intro.? Even if you are not as familiar with the show, one of the main actors is more than likely a familiar face. Progressive actor, Dean Stockwell, known for his 80s and 90s acting, sadly passed away at the age of 85.
Stockwell retired from acting in 2015 after a stroke. His family recently reports that he passed away in his sleep of natural causes. Many may also recognize him from his small screen roles in Battlestar Galactica, JAG, Star Trek Enterprise, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He also does some voice acting in Captain Plaent and the Planeteers and Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. Some of his big screen appearances include Air Force One and The Rainmaker.
Stockwell began his acting foundation in high school. He was in The Boy With Green Hair in 1948, which is an anti-racism piece. The actor even stars with Errol Flynn in the 1950 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. Stockwell met a tough patch for acting jobs as The Guardian reports:
“Stockwell continued to associate with Hopper and other counter-culture figures such as Bruce Dern, Rip Torn and fellow former child star Russ Tamblyn, but struggled to find work in the 70s, and by the early 80s had largely switched to selling real estate.”
From 1989-1993 is the gig that brings him the most notoriety in Quantum Leap with Scott Bakula. He wins three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe for his role as Al.
I will always remember Dean Stockwell for his wild outfits, cigars, and charisma from Quantum Leap. Were you a fan of Quantum Leap? Do you remember Stockwell from the 80s and 90s? What is your best memory of the actor? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!