American actor Dean Stockwell passed away last Sunday at the age of 85, after a long career spanning seven decades in both film and television. Stockwell died peacefully in his sleep, Variety reports. The actor leaves a legacy of more than a hundred titles behind him. He started in the industry when he was just ten years old as a child actor for MGM.
His first appearance was in The Valley of Destiny in 1945, alongside Gregory Peck. Other films from that time were Anchor Lifting, a musical opposite Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, and the drama The Green Years, directed by Victor Saville. The interpreter, who had been retired since 2015, has died peacefully from natural causes.
The public will surely know him above all for his role as Admiral Al Calavicci in the science fiction series Through Time (1989-1993). In the 1950s, Stockwell specialized primarily in Westerns. In 1959 he starred in the thriller Criminal Impulse alongside Orson Welles and Brandon Dillman, which won the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival.
The actor would return to the French pageant, achieving the same award for his role in Sidney Lumet’s Long Journey Into the Night, an adaptation of Eugene O’Neill’s theatrical drama of the same name.
He started in the industry with just ten years as a child actor for MGM
In the 1960s he frequented hippie circles and became close friends with actor Harry Dean Stanton. He appeared in The Last Movie, by the rebel Dennis Hopper. Later, in 1984, we saw him in Wim Wenders’ Paris, Texas, and in David Lynch’s version of Dune, where he played Dr. Wellington Yueh. In 1986 he collaborated with Lynch again on Blue Velvet.
In 1985 he starred in Living and Dying in Los Angeles by William Friedkin and a year later he returned to work with Lynch in Blue Velvet. Later would come roles in the comedy Superdetective in Hollywood II.
In 1988 she earned an Oscar nomination for Married to Everyone, starring Michelle Pfeiffer. He worked alongside Harrison Ford on Air Force One and was present in Battlestar Galactica from the 2000s onwards. His last appearance on the big screen was in In Search and Capture, by Daniel Lusko, in 2014.