This Kid's Nearly 80
I realize it's Thursday, but this particular Wednesday's Child is not full of woe, but has come far and clearly has far to go.
Dean Stockwell is one of my favorite former child actor dudes, from Anchor's Aweigh to Battlestar Gallactica, he does the thing he does with charm and sweetness, even when he plays a crumb bum.
Born in Hollywood to vaudevillian mother, Nina Olivette, and Hollywood actor/singer Harry Stockwell, Dean Stockwell was probably only ever going to go into show business. Indeed, he and his elder brother, Guy, became child actors well before their teenage years, though Dean would have the longer resume in both film and television.
Stockwell's good looks and natural acting style helped him make a successful transition from child star to adolescent working actor, unlike many of his contemporaries. He took a bit of a break in the 1960s to do some hippie stuff with friends Dennis Hopper, Russ Tamblyn, and Neil Young, but still racked up quite a few TV credits. The man has worked more-or-less continuously since the age of 9 and has been a welcome presence on many a popular television show.
In his spare time, Stockwell is an artist whose medium is collage, and it's some pretty cool stuff: http://stockwellart.com/rds/?page_id=3.
A life well-lived.
I'll do just about anything a movie tells me to do. Unless it tells me wrong...
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