Biography

Dean Reed was born September 22, 1938, in Denver Colorado. He went to Hollywood where he signed a record contract with Capitol Records in 1958, but his third single, "Our Summer Romance" was so popular in South America he went to tour there. More popular than Elvis Presley, he stayed to enjoy his incredible fame in Chile, Peru, Argentina. He made albums, starred in movies and had his own television show in Buenos Aires. He was known as Mr. Simpatia because he worked free in barrios and prisons and protested US policy, nuclear bomb tests etc. His politics moved to the left but he never joined the Communist party. He was deported from Argentina in 1966 and ended up in Rome, where he made "spaghetti westerns" for several years. He made his first concert tour of the Soviet Union in 1966 and became a mega star there and in Eastern Europe. He continually got into trouble with US State Department for protesting Vietnam War and attending International Peace Conferences. He moved to East Germany (GDR) in 1973, made numerous albums, starred in several films, and wrote and directed his own.

His last visit to the States in late 1985 encouraged him to dream of making a career for himself back home, especially if he could return with his current project in hand, a movie about the war between AIM and the FBI at Wounded Knee, 1973. A GDR/Soviet Union co-production, the film had taken years to get off the ground. Just days before shooting was due to start in the Crimea, Dean Reed's body was found in the lake near his home outside of East Berlin. He had been missing for several days. Many close to him in the GDR suspected suicide; his family and friends in America believed he was murdered.

Dean Reed was born September 22, 1938, in Denver Colorado. He went to Hollywood where he signed a record contract with Capitol Records in 1958, but his third single, "Our Summer Romance" was so popular in South America he went to tour there. More popular than Elvis Presley, he stayed to enjoy his incredible fame in Chile, Peru, Argentina. He made albums, starred in movies and had his own television show in Buenos Aires. He was known as Mr. Simpatia because he worked free in barrios and prisons and protested US policy, nuclear bomb tests etc. His politics moved to the left but he never joined the Communist party. He was deported from Argentina in 1966 and ended up in Rome, where he made "spaghetti westerns" for several years. He made his first concert tour of the Soviet Union in 1966 and became a mega star there and in Eastern Europe. He continually got into trouble with US State Department for protesting Vietnam War and attending International Peace Conferences. He moved to East Germany (GDR) in 1973, made numerous albums, starred in several films, and wrote and directed his own.

His last visit to the States in late 1985 encouraged him to dream of making a career for himself back home, especially if he could return with his current project in hand, a movie about the war between AIM and the FBI at Wounded Knee, 1973. A GDR/Soviet Union co-production, the film had taken years to get off the ground. Just days before shooting was due to start in the Crimea, Dean Reed's body was found in the lake near his home outside of East Berlin. He had been missing for several days. Many close to him in the GDR suspected suicide; his family and friends in America believed he was murdered.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 24

Birthday 1938-09-22

Day of Death 1986-06-13

Place of Birth Denver, Colorado, USA

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Also Known As

  • Dean Cyril Reed

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2016 Red Gringo as Himself (archive footage)
2007 The Red Elvis as Himself (archive footage)
1985 American Rebel: The Dean Reed Story as Himself
1981 Sing, Cowboy, Sing as Joe
1977 The Singer as El Cantor
1976 Soviel Lieder, soviel Worte as Dean
1975 Blood Brothers as Harmonika
1974 Kit & Co. as Kit Bellow
1973 Robin Hood, Arrows, Beans and Karate as Sam
1973 Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts as Taugenichts
1972 Sotto a chi tocca! as Straccio
1972 Ein Kessel Buntes (3 episodes)
1971 The Lineage of Cain
1971 The Corsairs as Alan Drake
1971 Die Vergnügungsspalte as (archive footage)
1970 Adios Sabata as Ballantine
1970 Twenty Paces to Death as Mestizo
1970 La banda de los tres crisantemos as Owen Olinger
1969 Death Knocks Twice as Bob Martin
1969 Secret Diary of Fanny as Michel
1968 The Nephews of Zorro as Raphael / Zorro
1968 God Made Them... I Kill Them as Slim Corbett / Compton
1967 The Winchester Does Not Forgive as Buccaroo
1965 Guadalajara en verano as Robert Douglas

Writing

1981 Sing, Cowboy, Sing Writer
1977 The Singer Writer
1975 Blood Brothers Writer

Directing

1981 Sing, Cowboy, Sing Director
1977 The Singer Director

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