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Dean Reed

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.

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Sep 22, 1938 In Denver, Colorado, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Guadalajara en verano 1965-01-28
Latest Project:
Movie Red Gringo 2016-03-16
Known For
Poster of Red Gringo
Poster of Windy Story
Poster of Sotto a chi tocca!
Poster of Adios Sabata
Movie Red Gringo Himself (archive footage) 2016-03-16
Movie The Red Elvis Himself (archive footage) 2007-02-13
Movie American Rebel: The Dean Reed Story Himself 1985-10-18
Movie Windy Story Jim Gains 1984-04-28
Movie Sing, Cowboy, Sing Joe 1981-06-12
Movie The Singer El Cantor 1977-07-17
Movie Soviel Lieder, soviel Worte Dean 1976-07-29
Movie Blood Brothers Harmonika 1975-06-26
Movie Kit & Co. Kit Bellow 1974-12-15
Movie Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts Taugenichts 1973-05-10
Movie Robin Hood, Arrows, Beans and Karate Sam 1973-10-19
Series Ein Kessel Buntes Unknown 1972-01-29
Movie Sotto a chi tocca! Straccio 1972-10-24
Movie Die Vergnügungsspalte (archive footage) 1971-03-26
Movie The Lineage of Cain Unknown 1971-12-07
Movie The Corsairs Alan Drake 1971-07-01
Movie La banda de los tres crisantemos Owen Olinger 1970-01-12
Movie Adios Sabata Ballantine 1970-09-30
Movie Twenty Paces to Death Mestizo 1970-04-09
Movie Secret Diary of Fanny Michel 1969-01-01
Movie Death Knocks Twice Bob Martin 1969-11-25
Movie God Made Them... I Kill Them Slim Corbett / Compton 1968-04-29
Movie The Nephews of Zorro Raphael / Zorro 1968-12-12
Movie Buckaroo: The Winchester Does Not Forgive Buccaroo 1967-10-28
Movie My First Girlfriend Deen 1966-03-17
Movie Guadalajara en verano Robert Douglas 1965-01-28
Movie Ritmo nuevo, vieja ola Él mismo 1965-08-19