Full Name at Birth
Sherrill Dean Teaster
Waynesville, North Carolina
Claim to Fame
Salt and Pepper
Profile Bio Text
Dean Teaster was born on August 31, 1957 in Waynesville, North Carolina, as Sherrill Dean Teaster. He is an actor and producer, known for Figure in the Forest (2002), Ghost Town: The Movie (2007) and Heaven's Neighbors (2005).
His father, Doyle Teaster, was one of the original famed gunfighters of "Ghost Town in the Sky" Wild West Show in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, from 1961 through 1967. He played the first "Digger the Undertaker," with Dan Blocker, Clu Gulager, Paul Fix, Burt Reynolds, Tony Dow, Gig Young, Frank McGrath, Donald May, and Peter Brown. Doyle also acted with a local named 'Herbert "Cowboy' Coward' who played "Grandpappy" in the same Wild West Show. In 1967, Dean (West) Teaster moved to Michigan with his family and immediately met and became friends with James O'Barr, who later created the The Crow (1994).
Dean Teaster's Ghost Town the Movie was made as a tribute to his father and his association with Ghost Town in the Sky in the early '60s. The movie is somewhat based on the legendary Smoky Mountain settler "Harmon Teaster", who is Dean's great,great, grandfather.
Dean graduated from Truman High School in Taylor, Michigan in 1975.
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