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.
Sam leaped into every year from 1953 through 1987 at least once, except the years 1977, 1984, and 1986. Sam has leaped into the years 1862 and 1945, the only times that he has leaped out of his lifetime
The character 'Sam Beckett' was ranked #12 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Greatest Sci-Fi Legends" (1 August 2004 issue).
There were several ideas for episodes which ultimately were never used. One had Sam leaping in as Robert F. Kennedy. Another idea would involve an animated episode. The producers even toyed with the idea of leaping Sam in as a baby (this was to be the story of the 14th issue of the Quantum Leap comic book, but production ended after issue 13). Also, Donald P. Bellisario wanted to do an episode where Sam leaps in as Thomas Magnum (from Magnum, P.I. (1980)). It is unclear why that episode never materialized, although in an earlier episode, a character is seen watching "Magnum, P.I.", thus establishing that show as fiction within the Quantum Leap "universe". |