Al's cigar was the idea of actor Dean Stockwell, who said it was "a good way to get free cigars for five years".
Scott Bakula ad libbed the line "Oh boy!" at the end of an episode. The producer liked it so much that it became the signature final line of each episode, as Sam finds himself in a new body.
Sam leaped into the year 1958 eight different times, which made it the most leaped into year during Quantum Leap's entire run.
Donald P. Bellisario's favorite of all his TV shows.
Scott Bakula was the first actor cast, and thus was asked to read with actors under consideration for the part of Al. Bakula immediately felt a connection with Dean Stockwell during his audition, and lobbied the producers to cast him as Al.
According to Dean Stockwell, his friend Dennis Hopper advised him not to take a role on television so soon after being nominated for an Academy Award (Best Supporting Actor for Married to the Mob (1988)). Stockwell took the role anyway and was nominated for four Emmys and four Golden Globes (and won one in 1990) for his role as Al. |