The death of Dean Stockwell, on November 7, 2021, has moved Hollywood and several generations of fans. His partner in “Quantum” Code, Scott Bakula, paid him a vibrant tribute in a lengthy letter to the media.
An iconic television duo
He was not among the first to share his pain and his thoughts. Perhaps the emotion was too strong to put words on it, and the correctness always takes a little time. Between 1989 and 1993, Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell indeed formed an unforgettable duo in the series. Quantum code, playing Sam Beckett and Albert “Al” Calavicci. A series of adventures based on time travel, with intrigues blending action, humor, investigations and encounters. They each get a Golden Globe for their respective performance. In 1990 for Dean Stockwell, that of best supporting actor, and in 1992 for Scott Bakula, who was awarded the Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Series. Obviously, such a collaboration creates strong links. Scott Bakula paid tribute to his partner, passed away on November 7, 2021.
Touching words for his friend Dean Stockwell
Rather than expressing himself on social networks where the format is short and the reactions often bloody, the 67-year-old actor has chosen to express himself via a press release sent to Deadline. He remembers their meeting and the years Quantum code who followed, delivering a touching portrait of Dean Stockwell.
I met Dean during his audition for Code Quantum in 1988. He had agreed to “read” for the channel, I was already cast. We hit it off right away and my career and my life changed that day in Brandon Tartikoff’s office. Did we measure how lucky we were to have it? A few months later he would be nominated for an Oscar for his role in Widow but not too many, but he was “stuck” with us. Serendipity? All I know is he never tried to leave and never complained, he loved the part and the show, and the rest was history.
He has become a dear friend and mentor, and we have become very close during these five very intense years. Dean was such a passionate man … Passionate about life, his work, his art (he was an incredible artist!), His family, causes close to his heart, passionate about people, music, the planet, cigars, golf, and so on! Having been a famous child star, he was attentive to every young actor or actress who arrived on set. He was very protective of their rights and their safety and always made sure with them that they were well. His big heart towards the children was a lesson for all of us and a call to be better protectors of ourselves.
While his career has seen ups and downs during his more than 70-year career, he has always remained grateful and delighted to be able to continue working. The only time he complained was when we called him in the middle of the golf course to tell him we were expecting him for work! He used to announce himself on the set (if we hadn’t already felt the whiff of cigar that always accompanied him) with a sound “The fun begins now!”. No truer words have ever been spoken.
I sincerely loved him and it was an honor to know him. He made me a better human being …