Jim Beaver

Actor, Writer
Actor and writer James Beaver could well be called a factotum. His long and varied career has included stints as a film historian, playwright, ghost writer, stage, television and film actor, cab driver, projectionist ... Read more »
Born: 08/12/1950 in Laramie, Wyoming, USA

Filmography

Actor (54)

Crimson Peak 2015 (Movie)

Carter Cushing (Actor)

Supernatural 2011 - 2012, 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

NCIS 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Frontier 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Longmire 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Revolution 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Breaking Bad 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love Bites 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Law & Order: LA 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Mentalist 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Psych 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Big Love 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

MovieReal 2004 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Next 2007 (Movie)

Wisdom (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Deadwood 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

3rd Rock From the Sun 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman 1993 - 1996, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Melrose Place 1992 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder One 1993 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 1992 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Reasonable Doubts 1991 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1994 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Thunder Alley 1993 - 1995, 1998 - 1999, 2003 - 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Crossing Jordan 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Life of David Gale 2003 (Movie)

Duke Grover (Actor)

Adaptation 2002 (Movie)

Ranger Tony (Actor)

Joy Ride 2001 (Movie)

Sheriff Ritter (Actor)

The Trouble With Normal 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Dean Koontz's "Mr. Murder" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Magnolia 1999 (Movie)

Smiling Peanut Patron No 1 (Actor)

Uncorked 1998 (Movie)

Foreman (Actor)

Wounded 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Moloney 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy Game 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Bad Girls 1994 (Movie)

Detective Graves (Actor)

Blue Chips 1994 (Movie)

Ricky's Father (Actor)

Twogether 1994 (Movie)

Oscar (Actor)

Geronimo: An American Legend 1993 (Movie)

Proclamation Officer (Actor)

Sliver 1993 (Movie)

Detective Ira (Actor)

Sister Act 1992 (Movie)

Clarkson (Actor)

Follow Your Heart 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

In Country 1989 (Movie)

Earl (Actor)

Turner & Hooch 1989 (Movie)

Plant Manager (Actor)

Divided by Hate (TV Show)

Actor

El Diablo (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke: The Long Ride (TV Show)

Actor

Gunsmoke: To the Last Man (TV Show)

Actor

Warden of Red Rock (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Actor and writer James Beaver could well be called a factotum. His long and varied career has included stints as a film historian, playwright, ghost writer, stage, television and film actor, cab driver, projectionist, amusement-park stunt man, ballet stagehand, and corn-chip dough mixer. He started acting in theater in Oklahoma while attending college. As a bourgeoning film historian, he also completed his first book at this time on actor John Garfield. His stage work continued with his move to New York City in the late 1970s and, in 1983, he ventured out to Hollywood. He joined Theater West and became both actor and playwright for the organization. Beaver soon thereafter branched into television with scripts for the famous suspense anthology "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and the war serials "Tour of Duty" and "Vietnam War Story". As a Marine Corps veteran, he was snatched up for a part as Bruce Willis's army buddy in 1989's "In Country". The role kick-started his onscreen acting career and he has worked steadily in film and TV ever since, most notably as the crusty but warm-hearted prospector Whitney Ellsworth on HBO's cunningly foul-mouthed Western "Deadwood" and in a recurring role on the horror-fraught "Supernatural". His memoir, "Life's That Way", recounts his wife's lost battle with lung cancer in 2003. He is also the author of a biography of George Reeves and was a consultant on "Hollywoodland", a film about the actor's curious death.

EDUCATION

Central State University

1975

studied acting with Maximilian Schell

Oklahoma Christian College

1971 - 1972

Fort Worth Christian College

1967 - 1968

Milestones

2004

Played Ellsworth on the HBO drama "Deadwood"

2003

Cast opposite Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in Alan Parker's "The Life of David Gale"

2002

Starred in Spike Jonze's "Adaptation," with Nicolas Cage

2001

Cast as Admiral Daniel Leonard in "Star Trek: Enterprise" (UPN)

2001

Starred in the Showtime movie "Warden of Red Rock," with James Caan and David Carradine

1999

Had a small role in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"

1997

Starred in the USA movie "Divided by Hate" with Dylan Walsh and Tom Skerritt

1996

Appeared as Father Tim Jansen on NBC's popular daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"

1994

Starred as Edward Asner's sidekick Leland, on the ABC comedy "Thunder Alley"

1994

Had a small role as a Detective in the western "Bad Girls"

1991

Played Mark Harmon's partner, Detective Earl Gaddis on NBC's critically acclaimed drama "Reasonable Doubts"

1989

First gain recognition as Bruce Willis's best friend in Norman Jewison's acclaimed film "In Country"

1988

Co-scripted the HBO anthology series "Vietnam War Story," featuring accounts of the men and women who fought in Vietnam

1987

Played a postal worker in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle"

1985

Wrote two episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC)

1983

Cast as the plant manager in the award winning film "Silkwood," starring Meryl Streep and directed by Mike Nichols

1981

Appeared in "Nighthawks," which starred Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer

1977

First minor film role in "Semi-Tough," starring Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson

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