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Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver is an American character actor, best known for his leading roles on the TV series Deadwood (2004) and Supernatural (2005). Born in Laramie, Wyoming a minister's son, he was raised in and around Irving, Texas, a suburb of Dallas. Following high school and a year of college, he joined the Marines and served as a radioman with the 1st Marine Division in Vietnam. He attended Oklahoma Christian College, where he first became interested in acting as a career. After one year, he transferred to Central State University (now the University of Central Oklahoma) and while a student made his professional debut in a production of "Rain" at the Oklahoma Theatre Center in 1972. He obtained a degree in theatre and returned to the Dallas area where he worked for five seasons with the Dallas Shakespeare Festival. He had written several plays in college and afterward (as well as a biography of actor John Garfield), and in 1979 he was commissioned for the first of three plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville. He also began to make appearances in bit roles in films and television shows shot in the Dallas area, including Semi-Tough (1977) and Dallas (1978). Moving to New York in 1979, he worked in stock and in dinner theatre tours, and also maintained a side career as a critic, columnist, and feature writer for Films in Review, the magazine of the National Board of Review. An assignment for an article on TV Superman George Reeves led him to Los Angeles. During his research there, his play "Verdigris" was produced to solid reviews at Theatre West in Hollywood, and he was signed as a writer by Sam Adams, partner in the prestigious Triad Artists agency. He began a successful period as a television writer, penning episodes for shows such as Vietnam War Story (1987), Tour of Duty (1987), and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985), and was nominated for a CableAce Award for an episode of the latter. He had continued to act on stage and in small film and TV roles, and in 1988 he landed a substantial supporting role as Bruce Willis's best friend, an alcoholic Vietnam veteran, in Norman Jewison's production In Country (1989). He gave up television writing and concentrated on acting. Slowly his roles grew larger (and more varied). He was Mark Harmon's chain-smoking detective partner Earl Gaddis on Reasonable Doubts (1991) and Edward Asner's dim-witted mechanic assistant Leland on Thunder Alley (1994). He was frequently cast in Westerns (Geronimo: An American Legend (1993), Bad Girls (1994), among many others) or as detectives, sheriffs, or police officers (Sister Act (1992), Sliver (1993), Joy Ride (2001)). After two seasons on 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996) as French Stewart's sullen bar-owner boss Happy Doug, Beaver landed his most prominent and critically acclaimed role, that of Ellsworth, the gruff but decent and beloved prospector in the landmark Western series Deadwood (2004). Nominated along with other cast members for a 2006 Screen Actors Guild Award, he found his career in high gear following that series. From it he moved to the popular father-figure role of demon hunter Bobby Singer on Supernatural (2005), a part that brought him a worldwide fan base and a secondary career making personal appearances. He was married to and had a daughter with Cecily Adams, the actress-casting director daughter of Get Smart (1965)'s Don Adams. Following her death from lung cancer in 2004, he wrote a best-selling memoir, "Life's That Way." He has continued to write plays and, between acting jobs, to work on the George Reeves project, now planned as a book. He served as biographical consultant on Reeves for the semi-biopic Hollywoodland (2006).

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Aug 12, 1950 In Laramie, Wyoming, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Dallas 1978-04-02
Latest Project:
Series The Boys 2019-07-26

3 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Supernatural
Poster of Deadwood
The Boys Secretary of Defense Robert A. Singer 2 episodes, 2019-2020 2019-07-26
Revolution Unknown 2012
Longmire Unknown 2012-06-03
Major Crimes Unknown 2012-08-13
Love Bites Unknown 2011-06-02
Justified Unknown 2010-03-16
Law & Order: LA Unknown 2010-09-29
Mike & Molly Unknown 2010-09-20
Lie to Me Unknown 2009-01-21
Harper's Island Sheriff Charlie Mills 10 episodes, 2009 2009-04-09
The Middle Unknown 2009-09-30
Breaking Bad Unknown 2008-01-20
The Mentalist Unknown 2008-09-23
John from Cincinnati Vietnam Joe 8 episodes, 2007 2007-06-10
The Unit Unknown 2006
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
Big Love Unknown 2006-03-12
Dexter Unknown 2006-10-01
Day Break Unknown 2006-11-15
Supernatural Unknown 2005-09-13
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Deadwood Whitney Ellsworth 35 episodes, 2004-2006 2004-03-21
Tremors Unknown 2003-03-28
NCIS Unknown 2003-09-23
Monk Unknown 2002-07-12
Andy Richter Controls the Universe Unknown 2002-03-19
The Division Unknown 2001-01-07
Six Feet Under Unknown 2001-06-03
Star Trek: Enterprise Unknown 2001-09-26
Crossing Jordan Unknown 2001-09-24
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
E! Mysteries & Scandals Unknown 1998-03-09
That '70s Show Unknown 1998-08-23
3rd Rock from the Sun Unknown 1996-01-09
Murder One Unknown 1995-09-19
The X-Files Unknown 1993-09-10
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Unknown 1993-09-12
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
Melrose Place Unknown 1992-07-08
Home Improvement Unknown 1991-09-17
The Young Riders Unknown 1989-09-20
Midnight Caller Unknown 1988-10-25
Tour of Duty Unknown 1987-09-24
Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Dallas Unknown 1978-04-02