John Stockwell (actor)

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John Stockwell
Director John Stockwell at MIFF (cropped).jpg
Stockwell at the 2014 Miami International Film Festival presentation of Kid Cannabis
John Stockwell Samuels IV

(1961-03-25) March 25, 1961 (age 61)
OccupationActor, director, producer, writer
Years active1981–present
Notable work
Spouse(s)Helene Henderson
RelativesEvelyn Welch (sister)
Florence Welch (niece)

John Stockwell Samuels IV (born March 25, 1961) is an American actor, director, producer, writer and former model. For writing the film Cheaters, he was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie, or Dramatic Special.[1]

Early life[edit]

Stockwell was born in Galveston, Texas, the son of Ellen Richards and John S. Samuels III, an attorney.[2][3][4] Stockwell's sister is historian Evelyn Welch, and his niece is singer and songwriter Florence Welch.[5] He attended Harvard University, and simultaneously began commuting to New York City to appear on episodes of the soap opera Guiding Light.[6]


He began his career as an international model. During his time as a model, John became a friend of Andy Warhol.[7] His first feature film as an actor came with a small role in 1981's So Fine. His well-known roles came in the 1983 comedy film Losin' It as Spider; later that year, he starred in the John Carpenter horror film Christine as Dennis Guilder, and the 1985 comedy film, My Science Project as Michael Harlan.[8] Also in 1985 he appeared in the poorly received City Limits; though unsuccessful at the box office, the film was later riffed in an episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000. In 1986, he appeared in Top Gun as Cougar. He made guest appearances on TV shows including The Young Riders and Friday the 13th: The Series.

Stockwell directed several films, including Cheaters (2000), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Blue Crush (2002), Into the Blue (2005), Turistas (2006), Heart (2009),[9] the Gina Carano star-vehicle In the Blood, and the 2016 Kickboxer reboot Kickboxer: Vengeance.[10]

Stockwell also wrote the screenplay for the 2001 film Rock Star.

Personal life[edit]

Stockwell is married to Helene Henderson, a chef and caterer.[11] They have three children.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
1981 So Fine Jim Sterling
1983 Losin' It "Spider"
1983 Christine Dennis Guilder
1983 Quarterback Princess Scott Massey Television film
1983 Eddie and the Cruisers Keith Livingston
1985 North and South Billy Hazard Miniseries
1985 City Limits Lee
1985 My Science Project Michael Harlan
1985 Radioactive Dreams Phillip Chandler
1986 Dangerously Close Randy McDevitt
1986 Top Gun Lieutenant Bill "Cougar" Cortell
1987 Under Cover Director
1987 Billionaire Boys Club Brad Sedgwick
1988 Friday the 13th: The Series Tim Ayres Episode: "Badge of Honor"
1989 Nightmare Classics Malcolm Barrington Episode: "The Eyes of the Panther"
1991 Born to Ride Captain Jack Hassler
1991 Millions David Phipps
1995 Nixon Staffer #1
1995 I Shot a Man in Vegas Grant
1995 Aurora: Operation Intercept Andy Aldrich
1997 Breast Men Robert Renaud Television film
1997 Legal Deceit Adam
1997 Stag Victor Mallick
1997 The Nurse Jack Martin
2000 Cheaters News Producer Television film; also director
2001 Rock Star Writer
2001 Crazy/Beautiful Director
2002 Blue Crush Director
2003 The Break Television film; director
2005 Into the Blue Director
2006 Turistas Male Backpacker Director
2007–2009 The L Word Director; 6 episodes
2008 Middle of Nowhere Director
2009 Heart Director
2011 Cat Run Director
2012 Killer in the Family Director
2012 Dark Tide Director
2012 Seal Team 6: The Raid on Osama Bin Laden Director
2012 Breaking the Girls David Layton Director
2014 In the Blood Director
2014 Kid Cannabis Director
2016 Cat Run 2 Director
2016 Kickboxer: Vengeance Director
2016 Countdown Director
2017 Armed Response Director


  1. ^ Reese, Lorl (September 10, 2000). "The 52nd Emmy nominations". Entertainment Weekly. Meredith Corporation.
  2. ^ "James Welch to Evelyn Samuels". The New York Times. New York City. 8 August 1982. Retrieved 6 October 2015.
  3. ^ "John Stockwell Biography (1961-)". 1961-03-25. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  4. ^ "Biography at Yahoo! Movies". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  5. ^ "Florence Welch on Her Fear of Treadmills, Lady Gaga, and 'Ceremonials' | SPIN". 2011-11-21. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  6. ^ "John Stockwell Biography". Turner Classic Movies. Archived from the original on May 2, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Warhol, Andy (1991). Pat Hackett (ed.). The Andy Warhol Diaries. Warner Books. ISBN 978-0446391382.
  8. ^ Holden, Stephen (August 10, 1985). "FILM: 'SCIENCE PROJECT,' FROM JONATHAN BETUEL". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05.
  9. ^ "Turistas (2006) - Cast and Crew at Visual Hollywood". Archived from the original on 2017-02-17. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  10. ^ Stockwell, John (2016-08-19), Kickboxer: Vengeance, retrieved 2016-07-21
  11. ^ Suter, Lesley Bargar (August 25, 2015). "How Helene Henderson Turned a Malibu Tourist Trap into a Food Empire". Los Angeles Magazine. Retrieved 6 July 2017.
  12. ^ Baboujon, Betty (June 8, 2005). "A Swedish Summer". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 6 July 2017.

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