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Randy Stone (August 26, 1958 – February 12, 2007) was an American actor and casting director, and Academy Award winner.

Randy Stone began his acting career in 1976 as a child actor on Charlie's Angels. However, most of his acting roles were as an adult. He appeared in two episodes of Space: Above and Beyond, and did two movies roles. His most notable performance, however, was as the hapless gay Los Angeles millionaire Michael Beebe in the second-season episode Beware of the Dog on the television series Millennium.

However, Stone's primary career was as a casting director. He began this career with The Landsberg Company in 1981. His first job was casting the NBC series Gimme A Break!. He was head of casting at 20th Century Fox Television, and was responsible for casting David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson on The X-Files and Lance Henriksen on Millennium. In 1998, Stone, who was gay, was terminated at Fox and filed a complaint with the California State Labor Commission that he had been illegally discriminated against on the basis of his sexual orientation. The company refused to comply with the Commission's decision.

Among his more notable film and television casting jobs were the film Jaws 3-D (1983), the made-for-TV movie The Ryan White Story (1989), Cameron Crowe's directorial film debut Say Anything... (1989), the made-for-TV movie The Incident (1990) and the television series Space: Above and Beyond.

In later years, he also produced several films. He was executive producer for the film Little Man Tate, Jodie Foster's directorial debut motion picture. (During the 2007 Academy Awards, Foster referred to his passing, and called him her "best friend.") He and co-producer Peggy Rajski won an Oscar for the 1994 short film Trevor, a comedy-drama about a gay teenage boy's attempted suicide. A revised version for television co-starred Ellen DeGeneres. In 2006, Stone wrote and executive produced the made-for-TV movie A Little Thing Called Murder, starring Judy Davis, based on the story of murderer Sante Kimes. It won him the International Press Academy's Satellite Award for Motion Picture Made for Television.

The 2008 motion picture, The X-Files: I Want To Believe was dedicated in his memory in the closing credits.

Stone died of heart disease at his home in Beverly Hills, California.

Trivia

  • Actress Jodie Foster mentioned the loss of her "best friend" Randy Stone as she introduced the Academy Award film montage tribute to the members of the Academy who passed away during the preceding year.
  • In his acceptance speech for Trevor (1994), at the Academy Awards in 27 March 1995, Randy Stone pointed Jodie Foster in the audience and said: "Jodie, I love you!".
  • Member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Short Films and Feature Animation Branch).

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