Birth Name: John Samuels IV
Date of Birth: March 15, 1961
Hailing from Galveston, Texas, Stockwell discovered theater at a young age, appearing in a number of
theatrical roles while still in high school. Nearly all of his early acting
experience was confined to neighborhood "garage theater" productions in
Galveston until 1973 when the Stockwell family moved to New York following
the transfer of his attorney father.
At 17, he enrolled at Harvard to study visual and environmental studies, while continuing to perform in East Coast productions of The Merry Wives of Windsor, Macbeth, Spring's Awakening
and Camino Real. While at university he was also working on the daytime soap, The Guiding Light.
In 1981 he made his feature debut, So Fine, while still in his third year at Harvard. Although it was a small film, it allowed him to test the waters in the film industry. The next year he landed a role in Losin' It, with Tom Cruise and Shelley Long. Harvard recognized his participation in the film with a course credit.
Graduating from Harvard with two features to his name, Stockwell jumped into his first major role in the blockbuster horror, Christine. The exposure led him to more starring roles in films like Radioactive
Dreams, My Science Project, and Top Gun.
Surprisingly, after his strong performance in Top Gun, he, like his
character Bill "Cougar" Cortell, seemed to sink into oblivion. Major roles
in independent films, and minor roles in big budget films caused him to
fade out of the minds of viewers. Although he was disappearing in front
of the camera, he began to take a larger role behind it. In 1987, a year
after Top Gun, the film Under Cover, his directorial debut and his second stab at writing a screenplay, was released.
The film was not well received, and Stockwell decided to continue honing
his writing and directing skills in television with a couple of telefilms.
By the beginning of the new millennium, he felt it was time to take
another stab at the feature film industry by directing crazy/beautiful,
and writing Rock Star (both 2001). His next directorial effort, Blue Crush (2002), about girl surfers, did respectably at the box office.
He has a home in Malibu where he lives with his rottweiler, "Kaiser von
Stockwell." John is a dedicated wind surfer and an avid reader.
Into the Blue(2005)
Under Cover (1987)
Breast Men (1997)
Legal Deceit (1997)
The Nurse (1996)
I Shot a Man in Vegas (1996)
Aurora: Operation Intercept (1995)
Born to Ride (1991)
Dangerously Close (1986)
Radioactive Dreams (1986)
City Limits (1985)
My Science Project (1985)
Eddie and the Cruisers(1983)
Losin' It (1983)
So Fine (1981)