‘NCIS: New Orleans’ Alum Scott Bakula Mourns Death of ‘Quantum Leap’ Costar Dean Stockwell

by Samantha Whidden
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Following the news that Dean Stockwell passed away at the age of 85, NCIS: New Orleans star Scott Bakula takes to his Instagram to mourn the loss of his Quantum Leap co-star. 

In the lengthy touching post, the NCIS: New Orleans star recalled meeting Stockwell at his addition for Quantum Leap in 1988. “He had agreed to ‘read’ for the Network. I was already cast. We connected immediately. And my career and my life were changed that day in Brandon Tartikoff’s office.”

The NCIS: New Orleans castmate also shared that Stockwell was nominated for an Academy Award for this role in Married to the Mob just a few months after the audition for Quantum Leap. “All I know is, he never tried to get out or complain. He loved the role and the show and the rest of history.”

Bakula also shared that Stockwell became a dear friend and a mentor to him. The duo grew very close over the five years they were on the show together. “Dean was such a passionate man. About Life, his work, his art. He was an amazing artist. His family, all kinds of causes, people music, the planet, cigars, golf and on and on!”

‘NCIS: New Orleans Star Writes About Dean Stockwell’s Protectiveness of Young Actors & His On Set Personality

According to the NCIS: New Orleans alum, Stockwell was also very protective of young actors, being that he was a famous child actor himself. “He checked in with them to make sure that they were ok. His big-hearted response to the kids made all of us take notice and be better guardians ourselves.”

Bakula then recalled how Stockwell would announce his presence on the sound stage if he and the rest of the cast hadn’t already caught a whiff of cigar smoke trailing behind it. He would say, “The fun starts now.” In which Bakula wrote, “Truer words were never spoken.”

The NCIS: New Orleans star finishes his post by stating he loves Stockwell dearly. He was also honored to know him. “He made me a better human being…”

As previously reported, Dean Stockwell passed away on Sunday (November 7th) peacefully in his sleep. Along with Quantum Leap, which he starred in from 1989 to 1993, Stockwell was known for his appearances in Dune, The Player, and Air Force One. He was also in Sci Fi Channel’s revival of Battlestar Galactica from 2004 to 2009. 

Stockwell made his acting debut in 1945’s The Valley of Decision. His acting career spans over 70 years. His last role was in the 2015 film Entertainment. He also appeared in Bakula’s NCIS: New Orleans 2014.