Richard Dean

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For the U.S. Army general, see Richard D. Dean. For the American actor, see Richard Dean Anderson. For the UK Customs official, see Richard Dean (died 1850).
Richard Dean

Richard Dean (1956 - December 27, 2006) was an athlete, model and photographer, most known for co-hosting Cover Shot, a television makeover show on the American cable TV network TLC.


Born as Richard Cowen in Bethesda, Maryland, USA,[1] he was the son of Chet and Juanita Cohen.[2] Dean attended Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, Maryland and the Lawrenceville School in Princeton, New Jersey. He attended the University of Delaware on a football scholarship. He died on December 27, 2006 of pancreatic cancer at Beth Israel Medical Center in New York.[2]


He began working as a fashion model in the mid-1980s and later became a fashion and advertising photographer after teaching himself to take high-profile photos. His clients included Gianni Versace, Yves St. Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Reebok, Nike, Fujifilm, Beck's, Michelob, Fila, Playboy and TV Guide.[2]

Dean's first appearance on a TV reality show was on UPN's America's Next Top Model. In 2006, he joined model Frederique van der Wal on TLC's Cover Shot, in which "supermoms" were transformed into "supermodels".