Quantum Leap and BSG's Dean Stockwell Dead at 85

At 85 years old, Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula’s beloved co-star in Quantum Leap, has died. He was an actor with more than 70 years of experience across television, film, and stage.


According to Deadline, Stockwell died from natural causes on November 7th at home. Stockwell, an actor who started his acting career at seven years old, almost gave up on acting before landing a series of memorable roles in movies in the '80s, '90s, and Lynch's adaptation Dune in which Stockwell played Dr. Wellington Yueh. This role, along with Lynch's Dune adaptation, kept Stockwell alive in the worlds of acting. Stockwell's role in Quantum Leap (1989 NBC) will remain an iconic part of genre fans' lives. He received multiple Emmy nominations and a Golden Globe.

Stockwell was also featured in every episode as Rear Admiral Al Calavicci, or rather, as a holographic Al using a special computer called Ziggy. He accompanied Bakula's hero Sam Beckett through time, helping him to make history right. He would later portray a more sinister sci fi icon in the 2004 Battlestar Galactica reboot, where he was John Cavil. Cavil was first seen in the second season of the series as a priestly counselor. Then he was revealed as Number One, the human face for one of the Cylon infiltration models who integrated himself into the remaining remnants of humanity. Stockwell retired from acting in 2015 and began touring exhibitions of his art under his full name, Robert Dean Stockwell.

Stockwell is survived his wife and his two children. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones at this difficult time.

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