John Stockwell (actor)

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John Stockwell
Born John Stockwell Samuels IV
(1961-03-25) March 25, 1961 (age 54)
Galveston, Texas
Occupation actor, director, producer, writer

John Stockwell (born March 25, 1961) is an American actor, director, producer, writer and former model.

Life and career[edit]

Stockwell was born John Stockwell Samuels IV in Galveston, Texas, the son of an attorney.[1][2] 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.[3] Also in 1985 he appeared in the critically panned 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.

He began his career as international model, spending much of his time in Italy. During his time as a model, John became a friend of Andy Warhol and Stockwell was mentioned frequently in the artist's memoirs, The Warhol Diaries.[citation needed]

Stockwell directed several films, including Cheaters (2000), Crazy/Beautiful (2001), Blue Crush (2002), Into the Blue (2005), Turistas (2006), and Heart (2009).

He also directed the Gina Carano star-vehicle, In the Blood and will direct the upcoming film Kickboxer: Vengeance.

Stockwell is married to Helene Henderson, a successful caterer, and they have three children.

Stockwell's sister is historian Evelyn Welch, and his niece is singer and songwriter Florence Welch.[4]



  1. ^ "John Stockwell Biography (1961-)". 1961-03-25. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  2. ^ "Biography at Yahoo! Movies". 2011-04-20. Retrieved 2012-07-26. 
  3. ^ Holden, Stephen (August 10, 1985). "FILM: 'SCIENCE PROJECT,' FROM JONATHAN BETUEL". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-06-05. 
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