foreign policy, and performed shows gratis in poor barrios and in prisons. His politics eventually ran afoul of official Argentine government policies. He was deported in 1966. He lived in Rome for a time, acting in such films as Adios Sabata and touring the Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union, where he was immensely popular. In 1973, he settled in East Germany for good, where he continued to write, direct, and perform in films.
While committed to the politics of his adopted socialist home, he himself never viewed himself as a communist and did not join the ruling Socialist Unity Party (SED). Despite his opposition to many US policies, he professed his love of America until the end of his life, and his songs often reflected his fondness for his homeland. He never renounced his US citizenship, and even continued to file returns for the Internal Revenue Service even while living in the USSR. However, in a television interview on CBS's 60 Minutes, he defended the building of the Berlin Wall and the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, which angered many in the US, including family and friends. Following the interview, Reed received large amounts of hate mail from the US, which not only accused him of being a traitor, but also a mediocre performer who could never expect to have the same fame or popularity in his own country as he had in Eastern Europe. In 1986, he was found dead in a lake near his home near East Berlin. Though it was officially ruled an accidental drowning, his friends in Germany suspect his death was a suicide, while his family in the United States claim he was murdered. The University of Colorado sponsors the Dean Reed Peace Prize, an annual essay contest held in Reed's memory. Tom Hanks has optioned a recent biography by Reggie Nadelson titled Comrade Rockstar and is planning to produce a movie on Reed's life. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dean_Reed Read more on Last.fm.
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