Joy Marchenko is best known for being the wife of Dean Stockwell, an American film and television actor with a career spanning over 70 years. Stockwell died of natural causes on November 7, 2021, at the age of 85.
Joy Marchenko & Dean Stockwell
Dean met Joy Marchenko in 1976 in Cannes France as his career as an actor was languishing and he worked as a real estate broker. At the time, Joy who was a textiles expert was living in France, and for the next 5 years, they communicated via phone and letters. Joy Marchenko visited Dean Stockwell in L.A. in 1981 and ended up staying; they married in December of that year.
The couple have two children, a son Austin Stockwell who was born in November 1983 and a daughter Sophia Stockwell who was born in August 1985.
Dean Stockwell’s career also started to improve in the mid-1980s after his marriage to Joy. He began to get small roles in bigger movies such as Paris, Texas (1984); Dune (1984); The Legend of Billie Jean (1985), and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985).
By the beginning of 1986, a 50+ Dean had acquired a resume of 49 movie credits, and his career was enjoying a revival. He appeared in 14 movies including Blue Velvet (1986), Beverly Hills Cop II (1987), and Married to the Mob (1989), for which he received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Supporting Actor.
Dean was a co-star in the popular television series Quantum Leap (1989-1993) which won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1990-1993). In this 1990 Golden Globes clip, Dean accepted the award for the Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Quantum Leap and gave credit to his mother and his wife Joy, who was shown in the audience.
in 2017, Joy confirmed that Dean had recovered from stroke but was retired from acting.
Dean Stockwell Death & Cause
Dean Stockwell, a former child star who became a key figure in the Hollywood counter-culture and enjoyed late success in popular TV shows, died aged 85 on November 7, 2021, at the age of 85. According to Deadline, his family said he died at home “of natural causes”.
Born in Los Angeles in 1936, Stockwell had become a major name while still in high school, starring in the anti-racism parable The Boy With Green Hair in 1948 and alongside Errol Flynn in the 1950 adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Kim.
BAC journalist, George Pennacchio wrote in a tribute,
“BREAKING – I’ve just learned actor Dean Stockwell has died at the age of 85. Dean’s career spanned more than 70 years. He started making movies in 1945. He was in three that year, including “Anchors Away” with Frank Sinatra and Gene Kelly. Two years later, he was in the Oscar-winning best picture, “Gentleman’s Agreement” with Gregory Peck.
Among his 200+ credits, movies including “The Boy With Green Hair,” “Compulsion,” “Sons and Lovers,” “Long Day’s Journey Into Night,” “Blue Velvet,” the original “Dune” and his Oscar-nominated role in “Married To The Mob.” Many people knew him for his role opposite Scott Bakula on TV’s “Quantum Leap.”
I spoke with Scott over the phone tonight. He told me Dean had the greatest work ethic, adding, “He was a breath of fresh air and he kept me laughing.” Scott also said of Dean’s long career, “He was unique in his determination to make each role his own.”
Jay Schwartz, a spokesman for the family, said Dean died at home peacefully of natural causes.
May he R.I.P.”