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Deke Anderson
Born Dee Christian Anderson
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Reno, Nevada, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actor, Acting coach
Spouse(s) Elsa Ward

Deke Anderson is a television and film actor and former body builder. Active from around the mid-1990s, he has had lead and supporting roles in some actioners earlier on in his career. He had a role as Eddie Reed in the soap opera The Days of Our Lives, and has appeared in General Hospital and Cheers. He is also known for later television work as Rick Dresden in Devious Maids and as Detective Johnson in Dreamsville. He played the part of Chief Stevens in Wayne Slaten's 2018 film Osprey. He has also worked as an acting coach in later years.

Background[edit | edit source]

Prior to becoming an actor, Anderson was employed at a gym in Reno, Nevada. A co-worker by the name of Kane Hodder encouraged him to become a film actor. His earliest acting was as a singer with the Nevada Opera Guild.[1]

Anderson and his wife Elsa Ward run Next Level Acting Studios which is located in The Woodlands, Texas where they relocated to in 1996.[2] In 2001, Anderson was voted the no.1 acting coach in LA.[3]

One of his earliest film roles was the 1990 film White Fury in which he had the lead role.[4]

Career[edit | edit source]

1980s[edit | edit source]

His earliest role was in the 1984 beach comedy Hardbodies, appearing as a bodybuilder.[5][6] The following year he was in the film American Drive-In, playing the part of Denna's Boyfriend.[7] In 1987, Force of Darkness, a film about a possessed man which starred Mel Novak, Doug Shanklin, Loren Cedar, and Eddie Hailey was released. He appeared in the film playing the part of a punk hoodlum.[8][9] In 1988, he appeared in an episode of Cheers, "To All The Girls I've Loved Before" playing the part of Randy, a male stripper who gets the eye of Lilith after she fails to get s message from Frasier that their wedding is on.[10] In 1990, Anderson had a reoccurring role as Eddie Reed in Days of Our Lives until his character was killed off.[11][12] Around that time he appeared as the bandaged-up Duke Lavery in General Hospital. There was speculation (as indicated by an articles in the Bluefield Daily Telegraph & Index Journal ) that Anderson could possibly carry on in the role as Lavery as Ian Buchanan who played Lavery had left the show.[13][14]

Career[edit | edit source]

1990s[edit | edit source]

He had a supporting role in A Cry in the Wild, which starred Jared Rushton, Ned Beatty and Pamela Sue Martin. The film was a made for television adaptation of Gary Paulsen's novel Hatchet, a story about a 13 year old boy learning to survive in the wilderness.[15][16] Anderson had a supporting role in the "Deep in the Heart of Dixie" episode of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. which aired on November 5, 1993.[17]

In 1990, Anderson had the main starring role in as bank robber Tyler Bennet in the David A. Prior directed actioner White Fury, a story about two criminals who are on the run and terrorize four young adults who they find in a cabin in snowy Colorado wilderness.[18][19] He played the part of Jason in the interactive movie video game Night Trap which was released in 1992. He appeared as Jason, a law enforcement colleague of Kelli who meets a tragic end in the game.[20][21]

In 1994, he appeared in another David A. Prior directed film Felony, in a supporting role playing the part of Dennis. Jeffrey Combs, Ashley Laurence, Charles Napier, Lance Henriksen and Joe Don Baker also starred in the film.[22]

He co-starred alongside Joe Estevez in the William Burke directed Psychic Detectives which was released in 1996.[23]

2000s[edit | edit source]

Anderson had a voice acting role in the 2016 film, Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story as Igor.[24]

He played the part of 4 Star General Caven in The Green Lantern which was released in 2011.[25][26]

By 2008, Anderson and his wife had opened their second studio, which was Woodlands branch of Next Level Acting Studios.[27] One of the students to come out of the studio was an Australian called Jake Staines. Stains, a local businessman competed for and was chosen over 200 other actors to land a featured role in a Ford-150 truck commercial which played during the Super Bowl.[28]

He appeared as Paul Robinson in "Identity Crisis", an episode of The Resident that aired in February 2018.[29][30]

In the 2017 series Dreamsville, Anderson played Chief Brian Johnson, an honest Houston cop who is involved in the "war on drugs".[31][32]

Partial filmography[edit | edit source]

Television shows
Show Episode Role Director Year Notes #
Webster "Our Song" Victor Lee Bernhardi 1988
Webster "The Four Tops: The Sequel" Lee Bernhardi 1988
Cheers "To All the Girls I've Loved Before" Randy James Burrows 1988 [33]
Days of our Lives Various episodes Eddie Reed 1989 Reoccurring role[34][35]
The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. "Deep in the Heart of Dixie" Simkins Joe Napolitano 1993
The Show "Tom and Them" Doug Dietrich 1996
The Show "The Script Formerly Known As..." Doug Dietrich 1996
Friday Night Lights "Are You Ready for Friday Night?" ER Doctor Seith Mann 2007
The Lying Game "Double Dibs" Randall Webster Michael Grossman 2011
25 and Married Dream Spouse Dan Stephen Wolfe 2013
25 and Married "Anniversary - Part 2" Nick's Dad Stephen Wolfe 2013
Drop Dead Diva "Identity Crisis" Joel Schall Robert J. Wilson 2014
Dallas "Boxed In" Bill Weathers Rodney Charters 2014
Devious Maids "You Can't Take It with You" Rick Dresden John Scott 2014
Devious Maids "Suspicion" Rick Dresden David Warren 2015
Devious Maids "Much Ado About Buffing" Rick Dresden Victor Nelli Jr. 2016
Devious Maids "I Saw the Shine" Rick Dresden Elodie Keene 2016
Dreamsville "Pilot" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Ambition Is a Deadly Disease" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Danny the Deadly" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Battle Tested" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Divided We Are" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Execution" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Habituation" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
Dreamsville "Pain Is Weakness" Detective Johnson David Nguyen, Shannon Washington 2018
The Resident "Identity Crisis Paul Robinson Bill D'Elia 2018 [36]



Film
Film Role Director Year Notes #
White Fury Tyler David A. Prior 1990 Main role
Felony Dennis David A. Prior 1994
Fist of Justice Porter Kim Bass 1995
Psychic Detectives Reno William Burke 1996 Made for television
Balls Out: Gary the Tennis Coach Gil Houseman Danny Leiner 2009
Cook County David Pomes 2009
Green Lantern Four Star General Caven Martin Campbell 2011
Atrocity Frank Coleman Jeff S. Chimenti 2014
Rogue Strike Russian Submarine Captain Kerry Beyer 2014
Flashes Dr. Ryan Greene Amir Valinia 2015
Mission Control Donald Jeremy Podeswa 2017 Made for television
Osprey Chief Stevens Wayne Slaten 2018 [37]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Houston Press, September 18, 2013 - 100 Creatives 2013: Deke Anderson, Actor (Green Lantern, Army of Darkness) - Jeff Rounder
  2. Community Impact Newspaper, Aug. 10, 2016 - Next Level Acting Studios By Hannah Zedaker
  3. CultureMap Houston, 7.6.10 - Robert Rodriguez premieres Predators, John Lee Hancock plans The Wreck & Houston's Deke Anderson acts up, A comic superhero's Little Bro By Cynthia Neely
  4. The Cincinnati Enquirer, Sunday, December 28, 2003 - Page 167 Thursday Overnight, January 1
  5. Houston Press, September 18, 2013 - 100 Creatives 2013: Deke Anderson, Actor (Green Lantern, Army of Darkness) - Jeff Rounder
  6. Rotten Tomatoes - Hardbodies
  7. Rotten Tomatoes - American Drive In (1985), Cast
  8. Blu-ray.com - Force of Darkness 1985, Force of Darkness Cast & Crew
  9. Filmweb - Force of Darkness (1985), obsada
  10. Cheers TV Show: A Comprehensive Reference, By Dennis Bjorklund - Page 369 Season Six: 1987-88 "To All The Girls I've Loved Before"
  11. Roswell Daily Record, December 8, 1989 - Page 59 SOAP REPORT Cliche Watch
  12. CultureMap Houston, 7.6.10 - Robert Rodriguez premieres Predators, John Lee Hancock plans The Wreck & Houston's Deke Anderson acts up, A comic superhero's Little Bro By Cynthia Neely
  13. Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Friday, December 08, 1989 - SOAP SCOOP Plastic surgery plots don’t cut it on soaps Page 76
  14. The Index-Journal, Sunday, December 10, 1989 - Page 53 Plastic surgery plots don't cut it on soaps
  15. Letterboxd - A Cry in the Wild
  16. Variety Television Reviews 1991-1992 - September 23, 1991 WonderWorks, CRY IN THE WILD
  17. TV Guide - The Adventures of Brisco County Jr., Season 1, Episode 11 Deep in the Heart of Dixie
  18. Comeuppance Reviews - White Fury (1990)-* *
  19. Reno Gazette-Journal - Page 210 TUESDAY OVERNIGHT, APRIL 1
  20. Gamasutra - The Origins of Night Trap: An Excerpt from Generation Xbox By Jamie Russell
  21. Sega Retro - Night Trap
  22. Turner Classic Movies - Felony(1994)
  23. Imdb - Psychic Detectives (1996)
  24. Anime News Network - Legends of the Dark King: A Fist of the North Star Story (TV), English cast
  25. Moviefone - Green Lantern (2011), Full Cast & Crew
  26. Houston Press, September 18, 2013 - 100 Creatives 2013: Deke Anderson, Actor (Green Lantern, Army of Darkness) - Jeff Rouner
  27. Community Impact Newspaper, Aug. 10, 2016 - Next Level Acting Studios By Hannah Zedaker
  28. Chron.com, Friday, May 11, 2012 - The business of show business Brad Meyer
  29. International Business Times, Tuesday, July 03, 2018 - 'The Resident' season 1 episode 4 'Identity Crisis' spoilers By Janice Somosot
  30. Seat42F, February 1, 2018 - THE RESIDENT Season 1 Episode 4 Photos Identity Crisis By Thomas Miller
  31. Dream$vile Series - Deke Anderson as Chief Brian Johnson
  32. Filmweb - Dreamsville (2017-) serial TV, obsada
  33. Imdb - Deke Anderson, Filmography
  34. Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Friday, December 08, 1989 - SOAP SCOOP Plastic surgery plots don’t cut it on soaps Page 76
  35. CultureMap Houston, 7.6.10 - Robert Rodriguez premieres Predators, John Lee Hancock plans The Wreck & Houston's Deke Anderson acts up, A comic superhero's Little Bro By Cynthia Neely
  36. Imdb - Deke Anderson, Filmography
  37. Imdb - Deke Anderson, Filmography


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