American actor Justin Deas was born on March 30, 1948 in Connellsville, Pennsylvania. Because of his father’s travels, he grew up all over the Eastern seaboard, going to places like Mexico City and Teheran. He was educated at William and Mary College, later receiving his theatrical training with John Houseman’s advanced class at New York City’s Juilliard School. Deas performed in productions there, such as Measure for Measure, and Hamlet.
During the 1980s, Justin Deas landed a role in the soap opera One Life to Live. He portrayed Marco Dane as a temporary replacement for the actor Gerald Anthony. He was next cast in the series Ryan’s Hope, appearing on more than 200 episodes as Dr. Bucky Carter. He later got a role in As the World Turns and Tales from the Darkside, before he acted on the made-for-TV drama Intimate Strangers. Deas has also joined the cast of Santa Barbara, as the character Keith Timmons. At that time, he had three other TV productions to his credit. These were Cameo by Night, A Stranger Waits and U.S. Marshals: Waco and Rhineheart. After landing a part in the 1992 drama Szuler, he became known for his performance in the CBS soap opera Guiding Light. With his portrayal of Frank Achilles “Buzz” Cooper Sr. on the series, he became a six-time Daytime Emmy Awards winner. One was for his work in As the World Turns, two were for Santa Barbara, and six were gained due to Guiding Light.
In 2007, Deas landed a role in the thriller Polycarp. He followed this up with a performance on The Drum Beats Twice. In 2009, he has signed on to appear in iMurders with his wife, Margaret Colin. He has also made a guest appearance alongside her in Colin’s series, Foley Square, in 1985.
The actor’s other credits are mostly on stage. He has worked at Washington D.C.’s Folger Theater Center and Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theater. He starred in the off-Broadway play !$#!# Stars at Home, and in productions of Grease, The November People, Streamers and Crimes of the Heart.
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