He won his first for Best Supporting Actor as attorney Tom Hughes on As the World Turns in 1984 and an additional two in the category for his role as Keith Timmons on Santa Barbara in 1988 and 1989.
For the Dallas Shakespeare Festival, the actor had leading roles in A Comedy of Errors and The Tempest. He also appeared in New York City as Brutus in the Brooklyn Academy of Music production of Julius Caesar and in the title role of Hamlet at the Manhattan Theater Club.
Deas was born on March 30, 1948 in Connellsville, PA, and is married to actress Margaret Colin. They have two sons.