Dean Stockwell, best known for his celebrated roles on the sci-fi drama “Quantum Leap” and the acclaimed 2000s reboot of “Battlestar Galactica,” died Monday at age 85. Following the news of his death, Stockwell’s fans and co-stars alike remembered the prolific actor for the powerhouse he was.
Edward James Olmos, who starred alongside Stockwell in “Battlestar Galactica” as Admiral William Adama, fondly remembered the years they spent working together in a Twitter tribute post Tuesday morning.
“A true giant of a human being has passed,” Olmos wrote. “I was so fortunate to have worked with him on Miami Vice and Battlestar. I will cherish the years we spent together He was a gift to all who truly knew him.”
A true giant of a human being has passed. I was so fortunate to have worked with him on Miami Vice and Battlestar. I will cherish the years we spent together He was a gift to all who truly knew him. #RIP #SoSayWeAll https://t.co/PBYvOKUczA
— Edward James Olmos (@edwardjolmos) November 9, 2021
Alex Winter from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” also posted in honor of Stockwell, praising the actor’s more reserved nature and revealing that he once tried to get Stockwell to participate in his documentary.
“Dean Stockwell was one of the greatest actors of his generation,” Winter wrote. “Less showboaty and affected than many of his more famous contemporaries, but often more nuanced and interesting. I wanted him badly for my Showbiz Kids doc but he politely refused, he was done with the camera. RIP.”
Dean Stockwell was one of the greatest actors of his generation. Less showboaty and affected than many of his more famous contemporaries, but often more nuanced and interesting. I wanted him badly for my Showbiz Kids doc but he politely refused, he was done with the camera. RIP https://t.co/Xb4A92VzRv
— Alex Winter (@Winter) November 9, 2021
You can check out more tributes to Dean Stockwell below.
Rest in Peace Dean Stockwell.
What an amazing actor. He always had a mischevious glint of humor in his eyes. I was honored to work with him in the pilot for "Quantum Leap" at @NBCUniversal along with Scott Bakula. #deanstockwellpic.twitter.com/clTJUvNx54
— Lydia Cornell (@LydiaCornell) November 9, 2021
I only met Dean Stockwell twice but he had a big impact on me. The first time was at a film festival where Paris Texas was playing. He came across the room and boomed, "Hello John!" and stuck out his hand.
Like he was saying "welcome to our world, kid!" If they were all like him
— John Lurie (@lurie_john) November 9, 2021
R.I.P. Dean Stockwell, a great actor who never met a scene he couldn’t steal. pic.twitter.com/5kGpWzSLo4
— Bilge Ebiri (@BilgeEbiri) November 9, 2021
To me, Dean Stockwell always radiated a certain playful kindness that made it easy to follow whatever character he played down the rabbit hole, a tremendous strength when taking on such diverse roles. Sad he's no longer with us, but grateful for the performances he leaves behind. pic.twitter.com/TAgehpzEOr
— 𝖊𝖑𝖑𝖊 𝖘𝖕𝖎𝖉𝖊𝖗
(@elleschneider) November 9, 2021
RIP Dean Stockwell. Almost no one acted for longer or in such an array of great roles. There's a sense I've long had watching Stockwell, which I doubt is unique to me, that he's somehow *my* actor. He had a kind of unfussy quiet on camera in which it's easy to see oneself. pic.twitter.com/m3LBqOjfp1
— Ryan Perez (@ryguyperez) November 9, 2021