Dean Reed

1938 - 1986

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Dean Cyril Reed (September 22, 1938 – June 13, 1986) was an American actor, singer-songwriter, director, and social activist who lived a great part of his adult life in South America and then in East Germany. Nicknamed the Red Elvis, Reed was the best-selling Western performer in communist countries, with his songs often topping the local charts, and millions of his records were sold in the Eastern Bloc and elsewhere mostly under the Melodiya label. He never renounced his U.S. citizenship, despite often denouncing the policy of the U.S. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Dean Reed has received more than 457,313 page views. His biography is available in 28 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 27 in 2019). Dean Reed is the 602nd most popular actor (up from 695th in 2019), the 1,099th most popular biography from United States (up from 1,297th in 2019) and the 294th most popular American Actor.

Dean Reed is most famous for being a singer and songwriter in the Soviet Union.

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  • 460k

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  • 61.98

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 28

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 5.14

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 2.55

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among actors, Dean Reed ranks 602 out of 13,578Before him are Brendan Fraser, Alfred Molina, Joanne Woodward, Erland Josephson, Betty White, and Horst Buchholz. After him are Marlène Jobert, Robert Vaughn, Idina Menzel, Akshay Kumar, Mark Wahlberg, and Margaret Rutherford.

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Among people born in 1938, Dean Reed ranks 61Before him are Lynn Margulis, Oliver Reed, Joyce Carol Oates, Brian Dennehy, Marcello Gandini, and István Szabó. After him are Bounnhang Vorachith, Ed Lauter, Jerry West, Jerzy Skolimowski, Leiji Matsumoto, and Wim Kok. Among people deceased in 1986, Dean Reed ranks 38Before him are Chiune Sugihara, Benny Goodman, Lê Duẩn, L. Ron Hubbard, Otto Preminger, and Minoru Yamasaki. After him are Coluche, James Cagney, Ye Jianying, Robert S. Mulliken, Erik Bruhn, and Nikolay Semyonov.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Dean Reed ranks 1,099 out of 20,380Before him are Jon Bon Jovi (1962), Brendan Fraser (1968), Arthur Ashe (1943), Joanne Woodward (1930), Betty White (1922), and Stephen Covey (1932). After him are Linda McCartney (1941), Richard Thaler (1945), Laura Bush (1946), Robert Vaughn (1932), Idina Menzel (1971), and Andrew S. Tanenbaum (1944).

Among ACTORS In United States

Among actors born in United States, Dean Reed ranks 294Before him are Piper Laurie (1932), Wesley Snipes (1962), David Soul (1943), Brendan Fraser (1968), Joanne Woodward (1930), and Betty White (1922). After him are Robert Vaughn (1932), Idina Menzel (1971), Mark Wahlberg (1971), Meg Ryan (1961), Shelley Duvall (1949), and James Gandolfini (1961).

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