Actor Rusty DeWees

Rusty DeWees (born November 15, 1960) is an American actor, producer and writer. He works regionally in Vermont, Off-Broadway, in television, and films. He is best known for his one-man comedy show, The Logger.

Early life

Rusty DeWees was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Marilyn Mason DeWees, a homemaker and newspaper business manager, and William Wallace DeWees, a Greyhound bus driver. He is the younger brother of Holly DeWees. DeWees is Dutch, meaning “the orphan”. He attended Stowe High School, where he played basketball, and percussion in the school band. He also performed in high school theater productions. After graduating high school DeWees, worked as a school bus driver, basketball coach, stonemason, and logger. During a town team basketball game, Champlain College coach Robert Tipson noticed him and recruited him to play basketball on the team. After graduating, he worked as a gas jockey in Burlington, Vermont.


DeWees acted in Burlington with Vermont Repertory Theater under the direction of Robert R. Ringer before moving to New York City in 1989 to pursue an acting career.

In New York, DeWees worked as an assistant to William J. Doyle of William Doyle Galleries, while doing commercials and movies on the side.

Known for his authentic rural appearance, DeWees appeared in the films: Black Dog, A Stranger in the Kingdom, Pieces of April, Radical Jack, Mud Season, Where the Rivers Flow North, and The Devil’s Own. DeWees also appeared in Law and Order, Saturday Night Live, The Cosby Mysteries, and various soap operas.

While working on the Patrick Swayze movie, Black Dog, he met the singer Meat Loaf, who gave DeWees advice on how to produce his one-man play, The Logger, a comedy in Two Ax, for which he is best known in and around New England.

DeWees has also written two books, Scrawlins, and Scrawlins Too compilations of short essays.


DeWees won Best Actor at the Los Angeles Method Fest Film Festival for his role as Jerry in Mud Season.

Personal life

DeWees was raised in Stowe, Vermont and attended the Stowe Community Church.

In addition to acting, DeWees is a musician and plays with his band, The Fellers. DeWees also races stock cars at Thunder Road Speedbowl. DeWees works with charities, Ronald McDonald House, Make-a-Wish, and Meals on Wheels. He does motivational speaking to high schools and businesses.


The following is the Filmography by American Actor, Producer, Writer, and Comedian Rusty DeWees.


Year Title Role Notes
1993 Ethan Frome Man at Post Office
Where the Rivers Flow North The Champ
1996 Diamond Run Reece
1997 Pressure Point Local
1998 Black Dog Junior
My Mother’s Early Lovers Tom/Strage and Beautiful Soldier
1999 Mud Season Jerry
A Stranger in the Kingdom Harlan Kittredge
2000 Icebreaker Timmy
The Newcomers Dennis Brownbear
2001 New Port South Janitor
Ordinary Sinner Bill Parish
2002 The Year That Trembled Local Cop
2003 Pieces of April Joy’s Biker Guy
2004 Mending Wall Red
Senses of Place Ethan Reed
Nothing Like Dreaming Red Morisette
2006 Disappearances Frog Lamundy
2008 Shout It Out Jessie’s Dad
2010 The Sparrow and The Tigress Jake
2013 Northern Borders Bumper Stevens
Before I Sleep Nurse


Year Title Role Notes
1994 The Cosby Mysteries Bailiff Season 1 Episode 8: Expert Witness
1995 Law & Order Leon Trapp Season 6 Episode 5: Hot Pursuit
1997 Dave Randall Season 7 Episode 11: Menace
2004 Windy Acres Lucian LaFlamme Main Role;
7 Episodes

7 Episodes

External Links

Actor Rusty DeWees – Wikipedia

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