Loren Dean

Loren Dean

Infobox actor
name = Loren Dean

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birthname = Loren Dean Jovicic
birthdate = birth date and age|1969|7|31
birthplace = Las Vegas, Nevada, USA
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occupation = Actor
yearsactive = 1988-present (2007)
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parents = Bora Jovicic (father), move from Paracin, Serbia to USAfact|March 2008
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awards = Theatre World Award for outstanding New York City stage debut performance

Loren Dean Jovicic (born July 31, 1969) is an award-winning American actor. He has appeared in live theatre, but is primarily known for his films.

Early life

Loren Dean was born in Las Vegas, Nevada to a mother who worked as a family and marriage counselor and a father involved in the clothing business. [ [http://www.filmreference.com/film/87/Loren-Dean.html Loren Dean Biography (1969-)] ] His parents divorced when he was a small child. His mother won custody of Loren, and the family moved to Los Angeles, California. When visiting his father, the two often went to the movies—which Dean says led to his love of film. His childhood was a difficult one, and he ran away from home when he was 16 years old. He graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California in 1986. [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/person/18140/Loren-Dean/biography Loren Dean biography. Movies @ New York Times. No date.] Accessed January 6, 2008.] Collins, Glenn. "A Young Actor With 2 Choice Roles: Enter Fame." "New York Times." October 31, 1991.]

Loren Dean moved to New York City to pursue an acting career. Unable to make a living at acting, he lived in extreme poverty for two years. A friend introduced him to an agent, [Dean dropped his first agency, Innovative Artists, in 2005 and joined APA. His agent is Robert Stein. See: Chang, Justin. "Loren Dean has signed with APA." "Variety." November 3, 2005.] and Dean began appearing in stage plays in New York. He won a Theatre World Award in 1989 for his Off Broadway debut in the play "Amulets Against the Dragon Forces" at the Manhattan Theatre Club. He is playwright and Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Patrick Shanley's favorite actor, having appeared in many of the author's plays—most notably "4 Dogs and a Bone" and "Beggars in the House of Plenty." [http://www.variety.com/profiles/people/main/36799/Loren+Dean.html Loren Dean actor profile. Variety.com. No date.] Accessed January 6, 2008.] [Rich, Frank. "Author and Actor Converge To Resolve Old Family Horror." "New York Times." October 24, 1991.] [ [http://movies.warnerbros.com/rosewood/cmp/cast.html Cast Biographies - "Rosewood." WarnerBrothers.com. No date.] Accessed January 6, 2008.] [Rich, Frank. "A Walk on the Seamy Side In a Screenwriter's Hollywood." "New York Times." November 1, 1993.] [Rich, Frank. "Overcoming a Loveless Childhood." "New York Times." April 6, 1989.]

During his time in New York, Dean became an animal lover. After his income rose, he also developed a love of shopping. [ [http://jam.canoe.ca/Movies/Artists/D/Dean_Loren/2000/05/18/757790.html Decker, Shelly. "From Tinseltown to River City for Actor." Canoe.ca. May 18, 2000] .]

Film career

Dean's first film was 1988's "Plain Clothes." But his big break came a year later, when he was cast as a bad ex-boyfriend in "Say Anything...." His third film, "Billy Bathgate," came in 1991. Although the film did not do well at the box office, Dean won very positive reviews for his performance in the film. [Canby, Vincent. "Dutch Schultz's World of Kill and Be Killed." "New York Times." November 1, 1991.] [Ebert, Roger. "Billy Bathgate." "Chicago Sun-Times." November 11, 1991.] Dean was also lauded for his role as a cocaine-addicted, has-been young-hunk movie star who is accidentally re-launched on the road to fame and fortune by a fan in "Starf*cker" (aka "Starstruck"). "Variety" noted that Dean "nails his role with precision". [Klady, Leonard. "Review: Starf*cker." "Variety." April 23, 1998.] Most critics say his best work was as the mysterious small-town psychiatrist in "Mumford" (1999). [Stack, Peter. "Human Quirks Unfold in 'Mumford'." "San Francisco Chronicle." September 24, 1999.] [Ebert, Roger. "Mumford." "Chicago Sun-Times." September 24, 1999.] [Fleming, Michael. "Kasdan sets up 'Mumford'." "Variety." January 28, 1998.] Dean's performance was considered "plausible and generous", and he was favorably compared to a "young Charles Grodin." [McCarthy, Todd. "Review: Mumford." "Variety." September 13, 1999.]

Much of his acting career, however, has been in supporting roles. Notable performances include "Apollo 13" (1995), "How to Make an American Quilt" (1995), "Gattaca" (1997), "Enemy of the State" (1998) and "Space Cowboys" (2000). In the last half-decade, Dean has appeared in a number of independent films (most notably, "The War Bride") and several well-received television miniseries (such as "The Bronx Is Burning"). [Newman, Kim. "Enemy of the State." "Sight and Sound." January 1999.] [Lyford, Kathy. "'Poker' Players Ante Up." "Variety." June 10, 2007.] [Vice, Jeff. "The End of Violence." "Desert Morning News." November 15, 1997.] [Dodd, Stacy. "Loren Dean ('Enemy of the State'), and Mather Ziekel, have been cast in ESPN miniseries 'The Bronx Is Burning'." "Variety." September, 2006.] [Gallo, Phil. "Review: The Bronx Is Burning." "Variety." July 6, 2007.] [Loggia, Cynthia. "Players." "Variety." May 8, 2000.]

As of the summer of 2007, Dean's latest effort was the independent feature film, "The Poker Club." The suspense film was written by Johnathon Schaech and co-produced by Schaech and Richard Chizmar. The film is about four poker-playing buddies who accidentally kill a burglar during one of their poker nights. But the burglar was not alone, and his partner in crime takes revenge on the four men. [Lyford, Kathy. "'Poker' Players Ante Up." "Variety." June 10, 2007.]

Dean has also supported films and filmmakers behind the scenes as well. In 1999, he was a juror for the third annual Shorts International Film Festival. [Shirkani, K.D. "Shorts Fest Appeals to New-Media Types." "Variety." November 8, 1999.]

Partial filmography

*"The Bronx Is Burning" (2007)
*"Bones" (2006-07)
*"The War Bride" (2001)
*"Space Cowboys" (2000)
*"Mumford" (1999)
*"Enemy of the State" (1998)
*"Starstruck" (1998)
*"Gattaca" (1997)
*"The End of Violence" (1997)
*"Rosewood" (1997)
*"Mrs. Winterbourne" (1996)
*"How to Make an American Quilt" (1996)
*"Apollo 13" (1995)
*"The Passion of Darkly Noon" (1995)
*"" (1993) (mini series)
*"The American Clock" (1993)
*"" (1992)
*"Billy Bathgate" (1991)
*"Say Anything..." (1989)
*"Plain Clothes" (1988)


External links

*imdb name|id=0000363|name=Loren Dean
* [http://lorendean.tripod.com/ Loren Dean - One Good Actor] - Fan site
* [http://www.geocities.com/porcelain72/dean.html Loren Dean] - Fan site
* [http://www.theatreworldawards.org/award.html Theatre World Award winners]

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