Has been reported before today that Dean Stockwell had sadly passed away of natural causes at the age of 85. Stockwell had a lot of credits to his name, but for most of us he was Al, Dr. Sam Beckett’s best friend on quantum Jump. Scott Bakula played Dr. Beckett on Quantum Leap and the actor took a Instagram to pay tribute to his friend Dean Stockwell, who says he made him a better human being.
I met Dean at his audition for Quantum Leap in 1988. He had agreed to “read” for the net, I had already been cast. We connected immediately and my career and life changed that day in Brandon Tartikoff’s office. How lucky were we to have it? A few months later he would be nominated for an Academy Award for his role in Married to the Mob, but he was stuck with us. Serendipity? All I know is that he never tried to come out or complain, he loved the role and the show and the rest was history.
Scott Bakula continued. “He became a close friend and mentor and we got very close over the next five very intense years. Dean was such a passionate man … about life, his work, his art (he was an amazing artist!), His family, all kinds of causes, people, music, the planet, cigars, of golf and so on! Having been a famous child actor, he had a soft spot for every young actor who came to our set. He was very protective of their rights and safety and always checked with them to make sure they were okay. His big hearted response to the children made us all take notice and be better guardians ourselves.“Bakula added that Dean Stockwell has always been grateful and happy to have the opportunity to continue working, despite a career that has come and gone several times over the decades.”The only time he complained was when we called him on the golf course and told him we were ready for him to work!Bakula said. “He used to announce his presence on stage (if we hadn’t already heard a whiff of cigar smoke behind him), with a low, “The fun starts now!” Truer words have never been said. I loved him dearly and was honored to know him. It made me a better human being …“Well said.
While Dean Stockwell will obviously not be involved, there have been rumors of a Quantum Skip restart. If that happens, I’m sure there will be a good opportunity to store Stockwell.