Dean Stockwell

Dean Stockwell


Also Known As
Robert Stockwell
Birth Place
North Hollywood, California, USA
March 05, 1936


The career of this prolific performer has come in several waves, each punctuated by a "retirement" from the screen. As a child actor under contract to MGM from 1945, Dean Stockwell charmed in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), then specialized in "sensitive child" roles, such as Gregory Peck's son in "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), who suffers the slings of anti-Semitism when his father decides to...

Photos & Videos

Cattle Drive - Scene Stills
Cattle Drive - Publicity Stills
Cattle Drive - Movie Posters

Family & Companions

Millie Perkins
Actor. Divorced.
Joy Stockwell


He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1992)


The career of this prolific performer has come in several waves, each punctuated by a "retirement" from the screen. As a child actor under contract to MGM from 1945, Dean Stockwell charmed in "Anchors Aweigh" (1945), then specialized in "sensitive child" roles, such as Gregory Peck's son in "Gentleman's Agreement" (1947), who suffers the slings of anti-Semitism when his father decides to pose as a Jew to do a magazine article, and in the title character of Joseph Losey's "The Boy with Green Hair" (1948), which delved into a similar milieu of how people treat a stranger. After five years spent traveling around the USA and working at odd jobs, he matured into a strikingly attractive, introverted young adult lead, winning acclaim as the character based on Nathan Leopold in "Compulsion" first on stage (1957) and later the feature (1959). Stockwell also won acclaim for two characters that functioned as authorial stand-ins, Paul Morrel in Jack Cardiff filming of D.H. Lawrence's "Sons and Lovers" (1960) and Edmund Tyrone in Sidney Lumet's version of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night" (1962).

In the early 60s, Stockwell dropped out of showbiz and embraced a hippie lifestyle and retreated again in the mid-70s to pursue a career as a real-estate broker. He revitalized his screen career in the mid-80s, specializing in spooky and eccentric characterizations, such as the suavely perverse Ben in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet" (1986), the Mafia don Tony 'The Tiger' Russo in Jonathan Demme's "Married to the Mob" (1988), for which he earned an Oscar nomination, and a particularly eerie cameo as Howard Hughes in Francis Ford Coppola's "Tucker: The Man and His Dream" (1988). He has remained active in supporting roles in features like Robert Altman's "The Player" (1992), the uneven comedies "Mr. Wrong" (1996) and "McHale's Navy" (1997) and "Air Force One" (1997).

Stockwell turned more and more to TV in the late 80s and early 90s. He had made his TV-movie debut in 1971 with "Paper Man" (CBS), but did not appear regularly on a series until "Quantum Leap" (NBC, 1989-1993), playing "boss" to the time-traveling Scott Bakula and earning several Emmy nominations for his work. Stockwell played the singer's father in "Madonna: Innocence Lost" (Fox, 1994), and co-starred in the ABC miniseries adaptation of "Stephen King's 'The Langoliers'" (1995). In 1990, he did the voice of Duke Nukem, an unsavory character on the TBS animated series "The New Adventures of Captain Planet" and later hosted "Popular Science" (The Learning Channel, 1997), based on the magazine.

He is the son of actor Harry Stockwell (who provided the voice of Prince Charming in Disney's 1937 "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"), brother of actor Guy Stockwell and was formerly married to actress Millie Perkins.



Director (Feature Film)

Human Highway (1982)

Cast (Feature Film)

Entertainment (2015)
Deep in the Darkness (2015)
Persecuted (2014)
C.O.G. (2013)
Battlestar Galactica: The Plan (2010)
The Dunwich Horror (2009)
The Cool School (2007)
The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
In Pursuit (2001)
Face to Face (2001)
CQ (2001)
Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
The Quickie (2001)
They Nest (2000)
Restraining Order (2000)
Rites of Passage (1999)
Del Farraday
Water Damage (1999)
Detective Frank Skoufaris
Sinbad: The Battle of the Dark Knights (1999)
The Shadow Men (1999)
The Venice Project (1999)
McHale's Navy (1997)
Close to Danger (1997)
Air Force One (1997)
Twilight Man (1997)
John Grisham's The Rainmaker (1997)
Midnight Blue (1996)
Mr. Wrong (1996)
Unabomber: The True Story (1996)
Ben Jeffries
Naked Souls (1996)
Deadline For Murder: From the Files of Edna Buchanan (1995)
Aaron Bliss
The Commish: In the Shadow of the Gallows (1995)
Robert Allardyce
Justice in a Small Town (1994)
Sam Caldwell
Chasers (1994)
Salesman Stig
In the Line of Duty: The Price of Vengeance (1994)
The Innocent (1994)
Jason Flaboe
Madonna: Innocence Lost (1994)
Tony Ciccone
Bonanza: The Return (1993)
Shame (1992)
Fatal Memories (1992)
Bob Morse
Friends and Enemies (1992)
The Player (1992)
Backtrack (1990)
Sandino (1990)
Buying Time (1989)
Stickfighter (1989)
Governor'S Son
The Time Guardian (1989)
Limit Up (1989)
Married To The Mob (1988)
The Long Haul (1988)
Palais Royale (1988)
The Blue Iguana (1988)
Detective Carl Strick
Tucker: The Man and His Dream (1988)
To Kill a Stranger (1987)
John Carver
Papa Was a Preacher (1987)
Gardens Of Stone (1987)
Banzai Runner (1987)
Bill Baxter
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987)
Blue Velvet (1986)
The Legend of Billie Jean (1985)
To Live And Die In L.A. (1985)
Paris, Texas (1984)
Walt Henderson
Dune (1984)
Sweet Scene of Death (1983)
Wrong Is Right (1982)
Alsino And The Condor (1982)
Human Highway (1982)
Born to Be Sold (1981)
Marty Helick
She Came to the Valley (1979)
A Killing Affair (1977)
Tracks (1977)
Eadweard Muybridge, Zoopraxographer (1976)
Won Ton Ton, The Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976)
Win, Place or Steal (1975)
The Return of Joe Forrester (1975)
Werewolf Of Washington (1973)
Jack Whittier
The Loners (1972)
The Adventures of Nick Carter (1972)
The Last Movie (1971)
Billy the Kid
Paper Man (1971)
The Failing of Raymond (1971)
The Dunwich Horror (1970)
Wilbur Whateley
Psych-Out (1968)
Rapture (1965)
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962)
Edmund Tyrone
Sons and Lovers (1960)
Paul Morel
Compulsion (1959)
Judd Steiner
Gun for a Coward (1957)
Hade "Harry" Keough
The Careless Years (1957)
Jerry Vernon
Kim (1951)
Kim [O'Hara]
Cattle Drive (1951)
Chester Graham, Jr.
The Happy Years (1950)
John Humperdink Stover
Stars in My Crown (1950)
John Kenyon
Down to the Sea in Ships (1949)
Jed Joy
The Secret Garden (1949)
Colin Craven
Gentleman's Agreement (1948)
Tommy Green
The Boy with Green Hair (1948)
Peter [Frye]
Deep Waters (1948)
Donny Mitchell
The Romance of Rosy Ridge (1947)
Andrew MacBean
The Mighty McGurk (1947)
Song of the Thin Man (1947)
Nick Charles, Jr.
The Arnelo Affair (1947)
Ricky Parkson
The Green Years (1946)
Robert Shannon, as a child
Home Sweet Homicide (1946)
Archie Carstairs
Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Donald Martin
The Valley of Decision (1945)
Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood (1945)

Writer (Feature Film)

Human Highway (1982)

Producer (Feature Film)

Rites of Passage (1999)
Associate Producer

Cast (Special)

I Survived a Disaster 2 (1997)
Gallup: Extreme Magic (1996)
Caught in the Act (1993)
Against All Odds (1991)
The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards (1991)
Dennis Hopper (1991)
42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards Presentation (1990)
Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless (1990)
The 2nd International Rock Awards (1990)
When We Were Young... Growing Up on the Silver Screen (1989)
The American Film Institute Salute to Gregory Peck (1989)
The Joke and the Valley (1961)
Davis Tucker

Cast (Short)

A Really Important Person (1947)

Cast (TV Mini-Series)

Living in Peril (1997)
Twilight Man (1996)
Stephen King's "The Langoliers" (1995)
Vanishing Son II (1994)
Son of the Morning Star (1991)

Life Events


Broadway debut in "The Innocent Voyage" (with brother Guy Stockwell)


Signed to an exclusive contact by MGM; film acting debut, "Valley of Decision"


Returned to acting on live TV (e.g., "Climax", "Playhouse 90" and "Matinee Theatre")


Co-starred with Roddy McDowall in the Broadway production of "Compulsion"


Recreated his stage role in film version of "Compulsion"


Played Edmund Tyrone in Sidney Lumet's film version of Eugene O'Neill's "Long Day's Journey Into Night"


Made TV-movie debut, "Paper Man" (CBS)


Retired from acting and worked as a licensed real estate broker; moved to Santa Fe, NM


Debut as feature director and writer, "Human Highway"


Received career boost in David Lynch's "Blue Velvet"


Received Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for "Married to the Mob"


Provided voice for animated "The New Adventures of Captain Planet"


Starred in ABC miniseries "Stephen King's 'The Langoliers'"


Hosted "Popular Science" on The Learning Channel


Co-starred in feature version of "McHale's Navy"


Returned to series TV as co-star of "The Tony Danza Show" (NBC), played Danza's father


Cast as Senator Campbell in the "The Venice Project"


Appeared opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Ed Harris in "Buffalo Soldiers"


Appeared in the remake of the 1962 thriller "The Manchurian Candidate"

Photo Collections

Cattle Drive - Scene Stills
Cattle Drive - Scene Stills
Cattle Drive - Publicity Stills
Here are a few publicity stills from Cattle Drive (1951), starring Joel McCrea, Dean Stockwell and Chill Wills.
Cattle Drive - Movie Posters
Here are a few original movie posters from Cattle Drive (1951), starring Joel McCrea and Dean Stockwell.
The Secret Garden - Scene Stills
Here are a few scene stills from MGM's The Secret Garden (1949), starring Margaret O'Brien and Dean Stockwell.
Anchors Aweigh - Behind-the-Scenes Photos
Here are a number of photos taken behind-the-scenes during production of MGM's Anchors Aweigh (1945). Look for stars Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra, and Kathryn Grayson, director George Sidney, and even MGM cartoon stars Tom & Jerry!
Psych-Out - Movie Poster
Here is the American one-sheet movie poster for the exploitation picture Psych-Out (1968). One-sheets measured 27x41 inches, and were the poster style most commonly used in theaters.


Movie Clip

Gentleman's Agreement (1948) -- (Movie Clip) I Think Sometimes For Myself Crossing Grand Army Plaza alongside the Plaza hotel, New Yorker director Elia “Gadge” Kazan introduces leading man Gregory Peck and Dean Stockwell his son, then visiting Atlas at Rockefeller Plaza, meeting Ann Revere as his mom, and visiting the heady confines of fictional Smith’s Weekly, opening the Best Picture-winning Gentleman’s Agreement, 1948.
Anchors Aweigh (1945) -- (Movie Clip) I Always Get Sung To Sleep! On shore-leave in L-A sailors Joe and Clarence (Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra) have agreed to put their new pal Donald (Dean Stockwell) to bed, Frank supplying Brahms’ Lullaby, then hoping to apply Gene’s promised romantic advice to his guardian-aunt Susan (Kathryn Grayson), in MGM’s Anchors Aweigh, 1945.
Stars In My Crown (1950) -- (Movie Clip) Sharing The Parson's Heart Rejoining narration in the voice of the mature John (Dean Stockwell), exposition on the circumstances of his living with preacher Josiah Gray (Joel McCrea) and his wife and church organist Harriet (Ellen Drew), Jacques Tourneur directing in the MGM version of the novel by Alabama’s Joe David Brown, Stars In My Crown, 1950.
Stars In My Crown (1950) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Always A Boy In Walesburg With narration by Marshall Thompson, the screenplay derived from the somewhat autobiographical novel by Alabamian Joe David Brown, we meet Dean Stockwell as young John, Joel McCrea the preacher, plus Polly Bailey, Amanda Blake, Adeline de Walt Reynolds, Wilson Wood, Ed Begley and Arthur Hunnicutt, in MGM’s Stars In My Crown, 1950.
Song Of The Thin Man (1947) -- (Movie Clip) No Longer Interested In Murder At the Charles household in Manhattan the morning after the party and murder, we meet Dean Stockwell as Nicky Jr., Myrna Loy as Nora with an agenda, William Powell as less-rigid dad Nick, in the sixth and last feature in the glittering MGM series, Song Of The Thin Man, 1947, based on the Dashiell Hammet characters.
Romance Of Rosy Ridge, The (1947) -- (Movie Clip) News Of Ben Burning map, quasi-Klansmen, and a camera turn under a bonnet begins Janet Leigh's movie career, as "Lissy Anne," misinterpreting a message from "Ninny Nat" (O.Z. Whitehead), opening MGM's The Romance Of Rosy Ridge, 1947.
Romance Of Rosy Ridge, The (1947) -- (Movie Clip) What Are The Color Of His Britches? A Confederate veteran of the just-ended Civil War, MacBean (Thomas Mitchell) and son (Dean Stockwell) are wary of strangers, thus nervous as Carson (top-billed Van Johnson, his first scene) approaches, his wife and daughter (Selena Royle, Janet Leigh) joining, in MGM’s The Romance Of Rosy Ridge, 1947.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) -- (Movie Clip) Ten Foghorns Couldn't Wake You Austere enough, the opening to Sidney Lumet’s nearly unaltered treatment of Eugene O’Neill’s posthumous Pulitzer Prize-winner, introducing the Tyrones of New London, Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards Jr. and Dean Stockwell, in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 1962.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) -- (Movie Clip) What A Big Baby Older brother Jamie (Jason Robards Jr.) tears into Edmund (Dean Stockwell, whose character represents the original playwright Eugene O’Neill) for not recognizing the tricks employed by their morphine addict mother (Katharine Hepburn), who soon joins them, in Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 1962.
Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Not Your Jailer References to her morphine addiction still oblique, Katharine Hepburn as Mary has a tantrum after a family meal, Ralph Richardson as James takes a call from her supplier-doctor, sons (Jason Robards Jr., Dean Stockwell) holding on, in Sidney Lumet’s version of Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey Into Night, 1962.
Secret Garden, The (1949) -- (Movie Clip) I'm Not At All A Ghost Trying again to find out who’s been screaming in the dark English manor of the uncle who’s adopted her, orphan Mary discovers Colin (Dean Stockwell), her heretofore unknown cousin, who has strange attitudes, in The Secret Garden, 1949, from the Frances Hodgson Burnett novel.
Boy With Green Hair, The -- (Movie Clip) All By Itself Getting to the heart of the matter, Peter (Dean Stockwell) in flashback explains to Dr. Evans (Robert Ryan) the main event, Gramp (Pat O'Brien) featured in his recollection, in The Boy With Green Hair, 1948.


Green Years, The - (Original Trailer) An orphaned Irish boy is taken in by his mother's Scottish relations in The Green Years (1946) from the author of The Citadel and The Stars Look Down.
Gentleman's Agreement - (Academy Award trailer) Three Academy Awards went to Gentleman's Agreement (1947) an exposé of American anti-semitism starring Gregory Peck and John Garfield, directed by Elia Kazan.
Arnelo Affair, The - (Original Trailer) A neglected wife (Frances Gifford) gets mixed up with an hypnotic charmer and murder (John Hodiak) in The Arnelo Affair (1947).
Anchors Aweigh - (Original Trailer) A pair of sailors on leave try to help a movie extra become a singing star in Anchors Aweigh (1945) starring Gene Kelly, Frank Sinatra and Kathryn Grayson.
Compulsion - (Original Trailer) Two wealthy law-school students go on trial for murder in Compulsion (1959) based on the true story of the Leopold-Loeb case.
Long Day's Journey Into Night - (Wide release trailer) Katharine Hepburn and a great cast star in Sidney Lumet's movie of Long Day's Journey Into Night (1962), Eugene O'Neill's play about his own family's terrible secrets.
Song Of The Thin Man -- (Original Trailer) Society sleuths Nick and Nora Charles investigate a murder in a jazz club in the last of the "Thin Man" series, Song Of The Thin Man (1947).
Stars in My Crown - (Original Trailer) A parson (Joel McCrea) uses six-guns and the Bible to bring peace to a Tennessee town in Stars in My Crown (1950).
Abbott and Costello in Hollywood - (Original Trailer) Bud Abbott and Lou Costello are a pair of barbers who try to make it in the movies in Abbott and Costello In Hollywood (1945).
Happy Years, The - (Original Trailer) Unruly young Dean Stockwell is sent to prep school to straighten him out in this adaptation of Owen Johnson's The Lawrenceville School Stories.
Kim - (Original Trailer) Errol Flynn is a horse trader in Colonial India who befriends the orphaned boy Kim (1950) played by the young Dean Stockwell in Rudyard Kipling's classic tale.
Valley of Decision, The - (Original Trailer) Greer Garson's career is the subject, in the original trailer for The Valley of Decision, 1945, the story of an Irish housemaid's romance with the boss's son, also starring Gregory Peck.


Harry Stockwell
Actor. Provided voice of Prince Charming in Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"; replaced Alfred Drake as Curly in "Oklahoma!" on Broadway; divorced when Stockwell was six; died in 1984.
Betty Veronica Stockwell
Actor, dancer. Stockwell lived with mother and brother after parents divorced.
Guy Stockwell
Actor. Born in 1938; died on February 6, 2002.
Austin Stockwell
Mother, Joy Stockwell.
Sophia Stockwell
Mother, Joy Stockwell.


Millie Perkins
Actor. Divorced.
Joy Stockwell



He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1992)