Dean Ghaffari began acting in 1993 when appearing in the film Stranger By Night playing a young Steven Bauer (Scarface). He began studying acting in 2001. Dean studied Sanford Meisner’s Technique, Strasberg’s Method and On Camera Technique with Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba). He took classes at The Actor’s Gang workshop founded by Academy Award Winner, Tim Robbins. Dean also attended The Actor’s Gym workshop founded by two-time Academy Award winner, Bobby Moresco (co-writer of Crash and producer of Million Dollar Baby).
Dean recently wrote and performed a one-man show called Rebel With A Cause – The Sal Mineo Story (below) which debuted at the MACHA theater in West Hollywood. Since then he has performed it as a number of venues throughout L.A. including the world famous Ice House In Pasadena and most recently made its Off-Broadway debut at the St. Luke’s Theater.
Dean has acted in over a dozen plays; some of the roles include Rudy in the war drama Loyalties, Polo in A Hat Full of Rain along with the theater production Eight Story Hotel which he co-wrote with an ensemble of actors produced by Studio C Artists. He also played the lead role in the horror short, Devil’s in the Details.
“Acting for me is an exercise in being real, living moment to moment. It constantly reminds me to do things out of love, not fear.”
“I get enough drama on stage, I don’t need it in life.”