Dean Reed

Born: 22 September 1938, Denver, Colorado, USA
Died: 13 June 1986, East Berlin, East Germany

Dean Reed signed a record contract with Capitol Records when he was twenty years old. He enjoyed particular success in South America where he was said to be more popular than Elvis. It was there that he started an acting career and had his own Television show. He also became increasingly left wing and more outspoken against US policy.

In 1966 he was deported from Argentina and ended up in Rome, where he participated in several Spaghetti Westerns. He is memorable as Ballantine in 'Adios Sabata' playing opposite Yul Brynner.

His subsequent success in Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, as a recording artist, mirrored that of his early career in South America.

Always maintaining his United States citizenship, he dreamed of making a career back home. A break finally came whereby this would become a reality, but days later his body was found in a lake near his home outside East Berlin. This was officially reported as suicide, but many close to him contested it as murder, possibly at the hands of the KGB.

A bio-pic of Dean Reed's life called 'Comrade Rockstar' has been rumoured for some time, with Tom Hanks reportedly playing Reed.

Spaghetti credentials:
God Made Them... I Kill Them (1968)
Winchester Does Not Forgive (1968)
The Nephews of Zorro (1969)
Twenty Paces to Death (1970)
Adios Sabata (1970)