Official & sole George Washington (GW) at Mount Vernon (GW's Estate), he is THE most sought-after portrayer of GW in the country. Portrayed GW in TV productions for Discovery Channel, NBC, NatGeo, Armed Force TV, CNN & Showtime; many films, most recent IMAX film “We the People." Just completed PBS documentary: Faith & America’s Founders. Appeared at The White House, Embassies, Smithsonian, Nat'l Archives, Nat'l Portrait Gallery, Independence Hall, Valley Forge, National Constitution Ctr, Betsy Ross House, many Societies, Mt. Rushmore. Appeared on carrier USN George Washington. Portrayed GW in France & China. Appears in classrooms to arenas, from film sets to appearances in front of milli
Had dinner with President Washington (the great Mr. Malissa) as part of a visit to Mt. Vernon with Disney Partners Credit Union conference. As a 47-year professor of History and Media Culture and as an avid George Washington buff and book collector, I was wowed by the entertaining and authentic experience of having Mr. Malissa be so eloquent and factual as The Father of Our Country.
I have been fortunate in my travels to have witnessed James Getty as Mr. Lincoln at Gettysburg and others channel the likes of Thomas Jefferson at Colonial Williamsburg but Mr. Malissa gave the most authentic and sincere portrayal of tying the past with the present that I have been privileged to witness. And he did not blanch a moment when I asked him about "his relationship" with the coy Miss Sally Fairfax to test the actor's knowledge.
Even though I had an ailing knee and felt a little like Ben Franklin with the gout, Mr. Malissa gave me great personal attention amidst the group of 50 and I drink another toast to his ability to convince and show passion for our first President. Hizzah Indeed!! Thanks for a terrific and memorable occasion Mr. M and Mr. W.
Response from George Washington Portrayed by Dean Malissa:
Many and sincere thanks for your kind approbation.
As a visitor to Mount Vernon I had the opportunity to meet with General George Washington as portrayed by Dean Melissa.
His impeccably detailed uniform, accompanied by insightful and amusing commentary on social customs created a complete immersion experience for all visitors who encountered his extraordinary portrayal of "The Father of our Country".
As the Curatorof Education at East Hampton Historical Society, I have encountered many a "George Washington", yet found
Dean Melissa to truly embody the spirit of dignity, statesmanship, and charm of George Washington.
Thank you sir, for renewing my love of history.
Price Range: Based upon client's event particulars & logistics.
Gig Length: 5 - 600 minutes
Unions: SAG, AEA, AFTRA, SAG Financial Core
What to Expect
Audiences and event attendees will suspend disbelief and experience an entertaining, edifying and educational meeting or program with America's iconic Founding Father. All appearances provide the opportunity to talk with, ask questions of and meet first-hand the Father of our Country.
A life-long resident of Philadelphia, Dean has been a performer since childhood. After graduating with a degree in Communications, he entered the world of business – working his way from a junior salesman to the senior vice presidency of an international manufacturing firm. During those 25 years he traveled to all 50 states in America, every province in Canada, Mexico, much of Europe (including former Soviet Bloc countries), much of the Middle East and extensively in Asia. He happily and voluntarily left corporate America in 1999 and in “Act II” of his adult life – pursued acting as a profession. He has performed and continues to be cast in film, TV, commercial, radio, stage and voiceover productions.
As the official and sole George Washington historical actor at Mount Vernon (George Washington’s Estate & Gardens), Dean Malissa has become the most frequently sought-after portrayer of George Washington in the country. He has portrayed General Washington in many TV productions for The Discovery Channel, NBC, National Geographic Channel, Armed Force Network and the Showtime Network; appeared on CNN and many films, most recently the IMAX film “We the People” and the internet documentary “Now Debate This.” He just completed filming a PBS documentary: "Faith and America’s Founders," which will air nationally in Spring 2011.
He has appeared at a State Dinner at The White House, several Embassies, the Smithsonian Institution and its affiliates, the National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Independence National Historical Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Liberty Hall, the New York Historical Society, the Chicago Historical Society, Mount Rushmore National Monument and many historical venues throughout the original 13 states. He has also appeared in many of the remaining 37 states.
Malissa performed at sea onboard the nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USN George Washington. As Washington, he has crisscrossed the nation from Arizona to Alabama from Michigan to Massachusetts, from Washington State to Washington, DC. He portrayed Washington throughout France and in Beijing, China. His portrayal of Washington takes him from classrooms to arenas… from film sets to appearances in front of millions.
When not “crossing the Delaware” Dean has pursued a wide range of avocations in his life including 22 years as a volunteer firefighter (working his way up to Deputy Fire Chief), a couple years as a crime lab photographer, advanced SCUBA diver certification, a 3rd degree black belt, stone sculpting, and treks by horse into the Teton and Gros Ventre wildernesses. He married his high-school sweetheart and he is blessed with two grown children.
Additional Booking Notes
Technical requirements and stage setting vary venue by venue. In cases where microphones are required, a wireless CLIP-ON microphone is optimal.
Performance content is specified by client.
Influences & Inspiration
The life and times of George Washington himself... one of the most remarkable, productive, patriotic, virtuous and honorable humans in the history of mankind.
ALL preferred... NOT required: Wireless lapel microphone, 18th C looking wooden chair, 18th C looking small table, wine decanter, stemmed wine glass, cranberry juice in decanter
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