Richard Beymer

Actor, Documentarian, Director of photography
This former teen actor, who after starring in a string of major films in the 1950s and early 60s ("The Diary of Anne Frank" 1959, "West Side Story" 1961, "Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man" 1962 and "The Stripper" ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1939 in Avoca, Iowa, USA

Filmography

Actor (33)

Family Law 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1986 - 1988, 1991 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Profiler 1986 - 1988, 1993 - 1994, 1998 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 1992 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

The X-Files 1986 - 1988, 1991 - 1994, 1996 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Vengeance Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Meet Wally Sparks 1997 (Movie)

Special Appearance (Actor)

Foxfire 1996 (Movie)

Mr Parks (Actor)

The Disappearance of Kevin Johnson 1995 (Movie)

Chad Leary (Actor)

My Girl 2 1994 (Movie)

Peter Webb (Actor)

The Little Death 1994 (Movie)

Prosecutor (Actor)

Under Investigation 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Blackbelt 1991 (Movie)

Eddie DeAngelo (Actor)

Silent Night Deadly Night 3: Better Watch Out! 1988 (Movie)

Doctor Newbury (Actor)

Generation 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Paper Dolls 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

Cross-Country 1982 (Movie)

Evan Bley (Actor)

The Stripper 1963 (Movie)

Kenny Baird (Actor)

Adventures of a Young Man 1962 (Movie)

Nick Adams (Actor)

Bachelor Flat 1961 (Movie)

Mike Polaski (Actor)

Five Finger Exercise 1961 (Movie)

Philip Harrington (Actor)

The Longest Day 1961 (Movie)

Schultz (Actor)

West Side Story 1961 (Movie)

Tony (Actor)

High Time 1960 (Movie)

Bob Bannerman (Actor)

The Diary of Anne Frank 1958 (Movie)

Peter Van Daan (Actor)

Johnny Tremain 1957 (Movie)

Rab Silsbee (Actor)

Indiscretion of an American Wife 1954 (Movie)

Paul (Actor)

So Big 1953 (Movie)

Roelf, Age 12-16 (Actor)

A Face to Die For (TV Show)

Actor

Danger Island (TV Show)

Actor

Elvis Meets Nixon (TV Show)

Actor

State of Emergency (TV Show)

Actor

Twin Peaks (TV Show)

Actor
Camera, Film, & Tape (2)

Leadfoot 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Director of Photography

The Juggler of Notre Dame (TV Show)

Director of Photography

Biography

This former teen actor, who after starring in a string of major films in the 1950s and early 60s ("The Diary of Anne Frank" 1959, "West Side Story" 1961, "Hemingway's Adventures of a Young Man" 1962 and "The Stripper" 1963), never really made the transition to interesting adult roles and came under critical attack for his sometimes wooden performances.

Beymer left Hollywood in 1963 to try his hand at directing experimental films and documentaries and lensing TV features. He became involved in the 60s struggles for civil rights and directed and photographed the documentary, "A Regular Bouquet" (1964), which later aired on the PBS series, "Eyes on the Prize". He didn't return to acting (with the exception of starring in his own directed and produced independent film, "Innerview" 1973) until the 1980s with the thriller, "Cross Country" (1983). Beymer also made a TV appearance on "Paper Dolls" (ABC, 1984) and in the exploitation horror film, "Silent Night Deadly Night III: Better Watch Out" (1989).

Beymer scored a comeback of sorts in TV's "Twin Peaks" (ABC, 1990-91), as the wildly villainous entrepreneur, Ben Horne, giving a looser, funkier performance than any in his earlier career. In films, Beymer made brief appearances in the sequel "My Girl 2" and the erotic thriller "Under Investigation" (both 1994).

Relationships

G Beymer

Father
divorced

Eunice Beymer

Mother
divorced

EDUCATION

North Hollywood High School

Hollywood , California

Actors Studio

New York , New York

Milestones

1990

Starred in TV series, "Twin Peaks"

1984

Returned to acting; featured in TV series, "Paper Dolls"

1982

Debut as TV-movie cinematographer, "The Juggler of Notre Dame"

1973

Composed score for, photographed, edited, scripted and directed experimental film, "Innerview"; hiatus from acting

1964

Filmmaking debut, "A Regular Bouquet" (documentary; later shown on PBS's "Eyes on the Prize" series on civil rights; Beymer directed and photographed)

1959

Performance in "The Diary of Anne Frank" led to contract with 20th Century Fox

1953

First film as actor, "Indiscretion of an American Wife"

1949

Debut as television performer on "Fantastic Studios Inc."

1949

Moved with family to Hollywood at age 10 (date approximate)

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