Dean Denton was born and raised in McGehee, Arkansas. He attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1981. During his freshman year, he auditioned and won a minor role in a TV mini series, "The Blue and the Gray" that was being shot around campus. While working on this production, Dean met Stacy Keach. Stacy encouraged Dean to move to Los Angeles or New York to break into acting. Before taking Keach's advice, Dean moved to Dallas and studied acting with Adam Roarke and Lou Diamond Phillips at the Film Actors Lab. After several years of working on numerous commercials, films and TV projects in Texas, Dean headed west to LA. Dean has appeared in over 55 TV, film and commercial projects. Dean is married to Julie Denton, first cousin to the actor Josh Lucas of "Sweet Home Alabama."