- George Washington Portrayed
Dean Malissa’s historical portrayal of George Washington, has proven to be one of the richest experiences in his life. It is often daunting, continually challenging, always interesting and humbling work.
Dean’s countless hours of reading, research and practice, has made him one of the leading portrayer of George Washington.
As the official and sole George Washington historical actor at Mount Vernon for the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, their members and Mount Vernon visitors.
Dean has also portrayed General Washington in TV productions for PBS, The Discovery Channel, NBC, National Geographic Channel and the Showtime Network; appeared on CNN and in films for the National Park Service, Mount Vernon, the U.S. Navy, The Bill of Rights Institute and the National Flag Foundation.
Dean aka Washington has appeared at a State Dinner at The White House, the Smithsonian, the National Archives, National Portrait Gallery, Independence National Historical Park, Valley Forge National Historical Park, Mount Rushmore National Memorial, the National Constitution Center, the Betsy Ross House, Liberty Hall, and many historical venues and societies throughout the original 13 states, as well
has appearing in many of the remaining 37 states, as Washington, crisscrossing the nation. He even portrayed Washington in France and China.
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 2nd degree black belt, stone sculpting, and treks by horse into the Teton and Gros Ventre wildernesses.
Dean Malissa has a degree in communications, he worked his way from a junior salesman to the senior vice presidency of an international manufacturing firm.
Dean pursued acting as a profession, and has performed and continues to be cast in film, TV, commercial, radio, stage and voiceover productions.