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Also Known As: Adam Ruebin Beach Died:
Born: November 11, 1972 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Ashern, Manitoba, CA Profession: actor, musician, activist

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Canadian actor Adam Beach parlayed his success in a string of independent features and television series into major roles in Hollywood productions, culminating in the highly visible Clint Eastwood-helmed WWII drama, "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006). With the exposure provided by such a high profile project and director, Beach's versatility and appeal made him the most visible Native American actor working in film. This emergence allowed Beach to bring his own experiences and inspiration back to Native American youth living in reservations across the country.

Canadian actor Adam Beach parlayed his success in a string of independent features and television series into major roles in Hollywood productions, culminating in the highly visible Clint Eastwood-helmed WWII drama, "Flags of Our Fathers" (2006). With the exposure provided by such a high profile project and director, Beach's versatility and appeal made him the most visible Native American actor working in film. This emergence allowed Beach to bring his own experiences and inspiration back to Native American youth living in reservations across the country.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Ice Soldiers (2014)
2.
 Fighting Man, A (2014)
3.
 Red Machine (2013)
4.
 Cowboys & Aliens (2011)
5.
6.
 Stepson, The (2010)
7.
 Stranger, The (2010)
8.
9.
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Raised on the Dog Creek Reservation in Manitoba until parents' deaths
1981:
After parents' deaths, moved to Winnipeg when he was adopted by an aunt and uncle
1989:
TV acting debut in "Lonesome Dove" (CBS)
1993:
Feature debut in "Cadillac Girls"
1994:
Co-starred in "Dance Me Outside," directed by Bruce McDonald
1996:
Had supporting role in the feature "A Boy Called Hate"
1996:
Reunited with Bruce McDonald on the Canadian TV series "The Rez"
1997:
Appeared on the Canadian TV series "Madison"
1998:
Breakthrough screen role as one of the leads in "Smoke Signals"
1999:
Supported Russell Crowe in the hockey comedy-drama "Mystery, Alaska"
2000:
Had lead in the CBC series "Harry's Case"
2001:
Appeared in "Joe Dirt"
2002:
Co-starred with Nicolas Cage in the WWII drama "Windtalkers"
2002:
Starred alongside Wes Studi in the TV adaptation of "Skinwalkers" for airing on PBS' "Mystery!"
2003:
Starred in "The Big Empty"
2006:
Portrayed Ira Hayes, one of the men who lifted the flag at the battle of Iwo Jima in Clint Eastwood's "Flags of Our Fathers"
2007:
Starred in the HBO Films' adaptation of Dee Brown's novel, "Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee" as the Sioux advocate, author and medical doctor Ohiyesa; earned a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor
2007:
Joined the cast of "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (NBC) for one season only, as Detective Chester Lake
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Education

Gordon Bell High School: -

Notes

Beach is a Salteaux Indian.

As a teen, Beach started a rock band named "Lethic".

"I'm hoping to get the opportunity to play a lawyer, a stockbroker, a mechanic. I'm not just an Indian. I will always be an Indian, but I want to be one of those FBI guys, too." --Adam Beach quoted in Movieline, November 2001.

"I'd love to do a horror film. I was the kid who would pretend to be Jason, put on the mask, and scare all my friends in the middle of the night."--Beach Entertainment Weekly

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wife:
Meredith Porter.

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son:
Noah Beach. Born in February 1996.
son:
Luke Beach. Born in January 1998.

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