George Washington Portrayed by Dean Malissa

Why book George Washington Portrayed by Dean Malissa?

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



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Booking Info

  • Typical Gig: 5 - 600 minutes
  • Fee: Based upon client's event particulars & logistics.
  • Unions: SAG, AEA, AFTRA, SAG Financial Core


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.

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.

George Washington Portrayed by Dean Malissa

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.

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Dean Malissa



"On behalf of the Ligonier - 250th Anniversary Committee I write to thank you for having participated in our celebration. Your appearance in your first person characterization of George Washington was not only extraordinary, but your performances were very special events for our community and especially our children. You have our grateful appreciation."

– Charles A. Fagan, III, Chairman

"The whole town is still buzzing about the event. Your interpretation of Washington couldn't have been more real to us. Your bearing is just as we envision Washington to be."

– John M. Jenner, Sherman Connecticut Historical Society

"Just a note to say how much General Washington's presence enhanced last Saturday eveing's annual Brotherhood of the Knights of the Vine assemblage. I, as well as all of the Good Knights and Gentle Ladies there, thoroughly enjoyed the added interest, sophistication and prestige you provided."

– Gordon W. Murchie, Supreme Knight; President Emeritus Virginia Wine Growers Assn.

"On behalf of the Fredericksburg Masonic community... thank you so much for your visit to George Washington's Mother Lodge. I have received many positive comments on your performance. Many indicated that it was the best program in memory."

– Jeff St. Onge, Worshipful Master

"Thank you so much for all your hard work to make Rushmore Live a huge success! You really went above and beyond (I know the schedule was tough) and we so appreciate it."

– Mandi Bird, Event Planner, Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies

"The crowning moment for me, though, was my Minuet with George Washington."

– E. Perlman, Reporter Washington Post

"Thank you so much for the wonderful role you played in the program. 'By George' they loved us!"

– Wm. Hanbury, President & CEO Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corp.

"Thank you for contributing to the success of the Leadership Training Institute. The participants enjoyed the opportunity to learn from such a dynamic trainer."

– C. Lumia, National League of Cities

"As serious living historians and reenactors, we are sticklers for historical accuracy to the smallest detail. Dean Malissa's portrayal of General George Washington is the best we've seen over the many years our group has been appearing at historical events. Mr. Malissa clearly has great depth of knowledge of his subject, easily seen in his performances, as well as in one-on-one conversations. The recreated First Virginia Regiment is always honored to take the field with his General Washington."

– Carl Gnam, Commander First Virginia Regiment

"Your Excellency! That was nothing short of an astounding performance. I can't thank you enough for sharing your knowledge, passion and yep, occasional humor with the Benstitute."

– Sandra Mackenzie Lloyd, Director, Benstitute, Once Upon A Nation

“Mr. Malissa portrayed a highly believable George Washington for the past two years during our annual George Washington celebration in February. His life-like mannerisms, costume, stature, southern voice inflection, and knowledge of the life of our first president provided a most entertaining docudrama for children and adults alike. He certainly made our event a critical success.”

– J. P. Goldman, The Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry

"Dean is a true professional. He is very talented and historically accurate while being entertaining. Young and old have enjoyed his performances."

– Amy Needle, Executive Director, Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

“My company provides a full range of services to the film and television industry as well as other clients seeking 100% accurate, top quality living historians and professional historical actors. In his portrayal of George Washington, I have worked with Dean Malissa repeatedly. He is an absolute professional who meets our rigorous standards in all regards. He is excellent at assuring that Directors get the exact shot they want. His knowledge of his character, his look, demeanor and actions deliver a completely believable George Washington. You better believe that when Historical Entertainment is in need of Washington, Dean always gets the first call. There is none better!”

– Russell E. Richards Jr., Historical Entertainment, LLC

“Dean Malissa is a consummate professional -- always on time and always eager to go above and beyond. Dean breaths incredible accuracy and realism when he portrays our greatest founding father George Washington. I've used Dean for two projects for the Discovery Channel and Showtime Networks and for both shows he did an exceptional job. I highly recommend using him for any project.”

– Joshua E. Kessler, Emmy Nominated Producer

“I should have written to you earlier to tell you how much I enjoyed meeting you and also enjoyed your talk. I hope to catch more of your impersonation of GW. You have him down perfectly.”

– Thomas Fleming, Historian, Author and World-Renowned Washington Scholar

“Laura and I enjoyed seeing you at Mount Vernon. You did a fine job of portraying our Nation’s first President. The event was a fitting tribute to this great man. Best wishes.”

– President George W. Bush

Set List

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.

Setup Requirements

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