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The life of Dean...


From the moment Dean Stockwell dutifully recited "I won't be damned" on the Broadway stage in 1943, he set in motion a chain of events over which he had very little control.

At the tender age of seven, Dean began his professional acting career. He made 19 films in seven years, many of which are still watchable after all this time.  But this clever and intelligent boy yearned for a life outside of the imposing MGM studio gates.

Graduating school at the age of 16 and enrolling at Berkeley, Dean dropped out during the second semester and proceeded to live a low-key life. So low-key, in fact, that the next three years were to be known as Dean's "Lost Years."    

In 1956 Dean returned to acting, working on live television in New York City.  By 1957, he was back in Hollywood and quickly became a darling of the teenage fans who were yearning for a replacement for the tragically deceased James Dean.  Stockwell rode a wave of popularity as he portrayed misunderstood and angst-ridden youths in countless TV appearances and films.  His roles in COMPULSION (1959) and LONG DAY'S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT (1962) were award-winning.  Also during this time he courted, married and divorced a quirky and charming young actress named Millie Perkins.

The remainder of the Sixties would find Dean again making frequent TV appearances on popular shows of the day, but his professional career did not seem to have the same energy as before.  However, reading a list of Dean's film credits does not tell the whole story.

An actor may be known by his career, but a man is known by his life. Dean's life is so full that it overflows the boundaries of a short biographical sketch.  As far back as 1957, Dean began to associate with revolutionary artists, poets and musicians. His name is inextricably linked with the Beat Generation.  He may not have been appearing in blockbuster movies, but he had other outlets for artistic self-expression.

With the dawn of the 1980's, a change was in the air.  Major life decisions were made, and at the age of 45, Dean married for the second time and moved to Santa Fe, New Mexico to retire from show business and raise a family.  But the Fates intervened, and Dean found himself still doing the occasional acting gig.  Small but memorable roles in DUNE (1984), PARIS, TEXAS (1984) and BLUE VELVET (1986) led to his Academy Award-nominated performance in MARRIED TO THE MOB (1988).  Suddenly Dean Stockwell was new again.

To everything there is a season, and the season for Dean Stockwell turned out to be his incredibly popular performance as the co-star of a TV show called QUANTUM LEAP (1989 - 1993). A new generation of fans became ttracted to this charismatic middle-aged man.

QUANTUM LEAP ended ten years ago, but Dean has never stopped working.

To be a Dean Stockwell fan is a marvelous experience because one can always turn on the TV, or rent a video, or visit the local movie theater and be pleasantly surprised to find Dean peering back at you on a frequent basis.  I hope that you will find much to enjoy about Dean on this Website.  He tends to be an inspiration for many of his fans.  If you stick around, the sound you hear may be the different drummer that resides in us all.

Now be a nice neighbor, raise your beer mugs on high, and say "Here's to Dean!"


-Jill Jackson- 




At A Glance:

Full Name: Robert Dean Stockwell
Date of Birth: 5th March 1936

Education: Briefly attended the Martin Milmore School in Boston, and schools in Long Island, New York.

From 1944 to 1950 attended the MGM "Little Red Schoolhouse." 

In 1952 he graduated from Alexander Hamilton High School in Los Angeles.

From 1952 to Spring of 1953, he attended the University of California at Berkeley, where he majored in English. 
Family History:
Brother: Harry Guy Stockwell
b. Nov. 16, 1933, New York, NY
d. Feb. 6, 2002, Prescott, AZ
Father: Harry Bayliss Stockwell
b. April 27, 1905 (3 Sources), or 1902 (2 Sources), Kansas City, MO
d. July 19, 1984, New York, NY  
Mother: Elizabeth Margaret Veronica
b. August 8, 1910, New York.
m. Harry Stockwell,  Aug. 8, 1930, New York, NY.
Divorced - approx. 1943
d. October, 1993, No. Hollywood, CA

Dean Stockwell
m. Millie Perkins (born May 12, 1938) on April 15, 1960
divorced: July 30, 1962  
m. Joy Marchenko (born 1949) on Dec. 15, 1981
divorced: 2004

Two children:
Austin b. Nov. 5, 1983
Sophia b. July, 1985

First Professional Role:
Broadway play "Innocent Voyage" in 1943

Astrological Sign:
Pisces, with Scorpio Rising

Interesting Facts:
1)  'Disappeared' between the ages of 17 and 20, when he supposedly hitchhiked around the country under an assumed name, doing odd jobs for a living.

2)  Met his future best friend, Dennis Hopper, in 1957 when Hopper came backstage after a performance of Compulsion.

3)  Is an artist who experimented with photography, collages and film.  

4)  Lived in Haight-Ashbury in the mid-to-late Sixties. 

5)  Inspired Neil Young to create "After the Gold Rush" when Young read Dean's screenplay by the same title. 

6)  Had a long-term relationship with singer/dancer Toni Basil. 

7)  Held a second degree Black Belt in the martial art 'Arnis' (Stickfighting). 

8)  Participated in David Bowie's wild 'Lost Summer' of 1975.  

9)  Introduced Neil Young to the band Devo in 1978.  

10)  Spoke passionately about environmental causes during his 'Quantum Leap' years.  

11)  Is an avid reader, who can quote D. H. Lawrence.  

12)  Loves Guinness, golf, and good cigars........but not necessarily in that order.   

Dean's contact addresses: 

Snail Mail Addresses:

Dean Stockwell
c/o Diverse Talent Agency
1875 Century Park E., Ste. 2250
Los Angeles, CA 90067


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