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Adam Beach

Highest Rated:   87% Reel Injun (2010)
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Birthplace:   Ashern, Manitoba, Canada
Adam Beach began his screen career by rowing the canoe that held the stars of the television adaptation of Farley Mowat's Lost in the Barrens (1990). A little over a decade later, the hardworking Native American actor -- who used to run home from school to watch Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street -- had a coveted spot in Vanity Fair's notorious Hollywood Issue and was one of E! Entertainment Network's Sizzling Sixteen.A member of the Saulteaux Tribe, Beach was born on the Dog Creek Reserve, located north of Lake Winnipeg in Canada. He was only seven years old when a drunk driver killed his mother, who was eight months pregnant. Beach's father drowned only two months later. The tragic deaths of their parents forced Beach and his brothers to move south to live with relatives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. There, he attended Gordon Bell High School, where he became interested in music and theater. He formed a short-lived garage band called Lethic (which covered heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath) and took drama classes. He soon earned roles in local theater productions and eventually dropped out of school for a lead role in Red River Valley at the Manitoba Theatre for Young People.Shortly afterward, Beach was cast as an extra in Lost in the Barrens, starring Graham Greene and Evan Adams. The next few years saw him playing the title role in Disney's family film Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994) and earning a Best Actor Award from First Americans in the Arts for his performance in the television film My Indian Summer (1995). He also frequently appeared on both Canadian and U.S. television, in shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger, Legend, Lonesome Dove: The Outlaw Years, Touched By an Angel, Dead Man's Gun, First Wave, The Rex, and Madison.By 1998, Beach had a recognizable face and well-refined talent. He landed a starring role in Sherman Alexie's Smoke Signals (1998) after only his second reading. The film, which achieved international acclaim, earned both the Filmmaker's Trophy Award and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival, as well as re-teamed Beach with Lost in the Barrens star Evan Adams. He went on to play a small role in the Russell Crowe vehicle Mystery, Alaska (1999), which basically required that he play his favorite sport, ice hockey, for three months. After starring in the thriller The Last Stop (2000), Beach showed off his comedic skills as David Spade's sidekick, Kicking Wing, in 2001's Joe Dirt. That same year, he played the romantic lead in Helen Lee's comedy The Art of Woo and appeared in the independent film Now & Forever.Beach was living in Canada when producers asked him to fly to Los Angeles to audition for the lead part in John Woo's big-budget action film Windtalkers. Only days later, he was introduced to Woo and cast as Ben Yahzee, a Navajo codetalker charged with deciphering crucial U.S. military dispatches during World War II. The star-studded production includes Nicolas Cage, Mark Ruffalo, and Christian Slater, and required that Beach, who speaks Saulteaux, learn Navajo for the part. The hype surrounding the film influenced Beach to make the permanent move to Los Angeles. He was cast in the TV series Bliss in 2002, and continued to appear on the big screen in a variety of projects, scoring one of his most high-profile gigs when he portrayed Ira Hayes in Clint Eastwood's World War II drama Flags of Our Fathers. Other highlights in his career include Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Comanche Moon, Cowboys & Aliens, Warrior's Heart, and a small role on the HBO drama series Big Love.Beach uses his present fame to visit Canadian schools and serve as an inspirational speaker to Native American children.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
26% Suicide Squad
  • Christopher Weiss/ Slipknot
2016
21% Diablo
  • Nakoma
2016
0% Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser
  • Kicking Wing
2015
No Score Yet The Road To Tophet
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet Crook
  • Bryce
2013
No Score Yet A Fighting Man
  • Fast Eddie
2013
No Score Yet Ice Soldiers
  • TC Cardinal
2013
No Score Yet Path Of Souls
  • Actor
2012
17% A Warrior's Heart
  • Sgt. Major Duke Wayne
2011
43% Cowboys & Aliens
  • Nat Colorado
2011
No Score Yet The Stranger
  • Mason Reese
2010
87% Reel Injun
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Stranger
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Turok: Son of Stone
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Older Than America
  • Producer
  • Executive Producer
  • Johnny
2008
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Blue Duck
2008
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Charles Eastman
2007
No Score Yet Luna: Spirit of the Whale
  • Mike Maquinna
2007
73% Flags of Our Fathers
  • Ira Hayes
2006
No Score Yet Bottoms Up
  • Jesus de Jusus [Uncredited]
2006
No Score Yet Thief of Time
  • Off. Jim Chee
2004
No Score Yet American Mystery! Coyote Waits
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Coyote Waits
  • Jim Chee
2003
No Score Yet Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Posers
  • Actor
2003
71% The Big Empty
  • Randy
2003
No Score Yet Skinwalkers
  • Off. Jim Chee
2002
32% Windtalkers
  • Ben Yahzee
2002
0% The Art of Woo
  • Ben Crowchild
2001
17% Now & Forever
  • John
2001
11% Joe Dirt
  • Kicking Wing
2001
No Score Yet The Last Stop
  • Actor
2000
38% Mystery, Alaska
  • Galin Winetka
1999
86% Smoke Signals
  • Victor Joseph
1998
No Score Yet Song of Hiawatha
  • Chibiabos
1997
No Score Yet Coyote Summer
  • Rafe
1996
No Score Yet A Boy Called Hate
  • Billy Little Plume
1995
69% Dance Me Outside
  • Frank
1994
60% Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
  • Squanto
1994
No Score Yet Spirit Rider
  • Paul
1993
No Score Yet Cadillac Girls
  • Will
1993
No Score Yet Lost in the Barrens
  • Hunting Party Member
1991

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
43% Combat Hospital
2011
  • Snake Eater
85% Big Love
2006-2011
  • Tommy Flute
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
35% Backstrom
2015
  • Capt. Jesse Rocha
No Score Yet Everwood
2002-2006
  • Actor
Comanche Moon
2008
  • Blue Duck
No Score Yet Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
1999
  • Det. Chester Lake Chester Lake
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Hawaii Five-0
2010
  • Special Warfare Operator

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