For the U.S. Army general, see Richard D. Dean. For the American actor, see Richard Dean Anderson.
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, 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 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.
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".
Dean had worked in the fashion industry for over 15 years when he died of pancreatic cancer, aged 50, at Beth Israel Medical Center in Manhattan, New York.