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Tributes paid as ‘Dune’ and ‘Quantum Leap’ star Dean Stockwell dies aged 85

Stockwell died peacefully of natural causes at the weekend

By Will Richards

Dean Stockwell in David Lynch's 'Blue Velvet' (1986). Credit: YouTube.

Tributes have been paid to Dean Stockwell, the star of ‘Quantum Leap’ and David Lynch’s ‘Dune’, who has died at the age of 85.

The news of his death was confirmed to TMZ by a representative of the actor, who revealed that he died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes on Sunday (November 7).

Starting out as a child actor, Stockwell’s film career spanned seven decades, and included an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in 1988’s ‘Married to the Mob’ and roles in ‘Battlestar Galactica’, ‘Blue Velvet’, ‘Long Day’s Journey Into Night’ and many, many more.

Alongside his role in 1984’s ‘Dune’ adaptation as Doctor Wellington Yueh, Stockwell’s most famous position came as Admiral Al Calavicci in ‘Quantum Leap’, where he performed opposite Scott Bacula for all of the show’s 97 episodes between the years of 1989 and 1993.

Following the sad news of Stockwell’s death, tributes have been pouring in on social media, with many sharing photos and videos from some of his most iconic performances and celebrating his longevity in the entertainment business.

After he retired from acting in 2015, Stockwell began making art and sharing it in exhibits around the United States, using his full name, Robert Dean Stockwell, for the work.

He is survived by his wife Joy and their two children, Sophie and Austin.