(written from a Production point of view)
Dean was featured in the 1982 television drama Parole on which he worked with Ann Gillespie. Following years full of stage work at the Yale Repertory Theater, the American Repertory Theater and the Pasadena Playhouse, Dean had guest roles in episodes of All-American Girl (1994, with Clyde Kusatsu), Dream On (1996), The John Larroquette Show (1996, with John Larroquette and Michael Buchman Silver), Working (1997, with James Castle Stevens), Cybill (1996 and 1998, with Amanda Carlin and Stephen Lee), and Frasier (1999, with Kelsey Grammer and Patrick Kerr).
Dean also appeared in the television horror comedy Here Come the Munsters (1995, with Joel Brooks, Max Grodénchik, Brian George, Keone Young, and Jane Carr), the science fiction thriller Bombshell (1996, with Mädchen Amick, Art Chudabala and Michael Jace), and the comedy Money Talks (1997, with Nathan Anderson, Paul Sorvino, Larry Hankin, David Warner, Daniel Roebuck, Buddy Joe Hooker, and Johnny Martin).
Further acting credits include the remake Vanilla Sky (2001, with Armand Schultz, Ray Proscia, Mark Bramhall, Robin Van Sharner, and Michael Kehoe), two episodes of The Bold and the Beautiful (2002, with Schae Harrison), a guest role in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (2003, developed by Jonathan Schmock), a recurring role on 24 (2005, with Tony Plana, J. Patrick McCormack, Michael Bofshever, and Lawrence Monoson), and the comedy Forgiving the Franklins (2006).