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Also Known As: Mike Beach Died:
Born: October 30, 1963 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Boston, Massachusetts, USA Profession: actor

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A versatile, classically-trained performer, actor Michael Beach came to prominence as the charismatically unfaithful husband in Terry McMillan's adapted novel, "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), and on the hit medical drama, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), playing a man who infects his ex-wife (Gloria Reuben) with HIV. Despite playing such abhorrent characters for much of his career, Beach was finally able to avoid being typecast as the betraying husband. Later in his career, in fact, Beach had established himself in lighter roles, playing men of conscience in the upbeat feature, "Soul Food" (1997), and on the long-running NBC drama "Third Watch" (1999-2005), allowing Beach to project his innate warmth and steadiness in parts more befitting the genial actor.

A versatile, classically-trained performer, actor Michael Beach came to prominence as the charismatically unfaithful husband in Terry McMillan's adapted novel, "Waiting to Exhale" (1995), and on the hit medical drama, "ER" (NBC, 1994-2009), playing a man who infects his ex-wife (Gloria Reuben) with HIV. Despite playing such abhorrent characters for much of his career, Beach was finally able to avoid being typecast as the betraying husband. Later in his career, in fact, Beach had established himself in lighter roles, playing men of conscience in the upbeat feature, "Soul Food" (1997), and on the long-running NBC drama "Third Watch" (1999-2005), allowing Beach to project his innate warmth and steadiness in parts more befitting the genial actor.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Aquaman (2018)
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 Bounce Back, The (2016)
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 Patriots Day (2016)
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 500 MPH Storm (2013)
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 Broken City (2013)
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 Red Dawn (2012)
10.
 Pastor Brown (2011)
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Raised in Roxbury, Massachusetts
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Left home at age 14 to attend Noble & Greenough School on a football scholarship; ankle injury ended athletic aspirations
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Studied at Juilliard and met up with Eriq LaSalle, Ving Rhames and Andre Braugher
1986:
TV-movie debut in "Vengeance: The Story of Tony Cimo" (CBS), starring Brad Davis
1986:
Film debut, "Streets of Gold", billed as Mike Beach
1987:
Played a parking lot attendant in "Suspect"
1988:
Had regular role on syndicated cop series "The Street", filmed mostly at night with hand-held cameras to give it a documentary-news look
1988:
Co-starred in the unsuccessful "In a Shallow Grave", playing Quintus Pearch
1989:
Acted in "The Abyss" and "Lean on Me"
1991:
Had major role of Pluto, a knife-wielding ex-con, in the cult hit "One False Move"; first screen collaboration with writers Billy Bob Thornton (who also acted) and Tom Epperson
1994:
Appeared in the syndicated TV-movie "Knight Rider 2010"
1995:
Cast as the closeted gay spy partner of Laurence Fishburne in "Bad Company"
1995:
Played recurring character Al Boulet, who infected his ex-wife (Gloria Reuben) with the HIV virus in the NBC drama series "ER"
1995:
Portrayed Angela Bassett's cheating husband in "Waiting to Exhale"
1996:
Appeared opposite Irma P Hall as Virgil, the surly son of James Earl Jones, in the comedy-drama "A Family Thing", scripted by Billy Bob Thornton and Tom Epperson
1997:
Cast as the drug-dealing antagonist in the HBO movie "Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault", directed by good friend Eriq LaSalle
1997:
Played opposite Vanessa L Williams in "Soul Food"; film also co-starred Irma P Hall as Williams' mother
1999:
Featured in the ensemble of the NBC drama series "Third Watch"
2002:
Had a role in the Eriq La Salle directed drama "Crazy as Hell"
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Education

Noble & Greenough School: Dedham , Massachusetts -
The Juilliard School: New York , New York - 1986

Notes

Received the 1986 New York Shakespeare Festival's Best Armed Combat Award for his performances at Juilliard

"The next few choices I make, I might want to stay away from the problem husband, but . . . if something great comes up, I'll probably do it." --Michael Beach, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, October 17, 1997

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wife:
Tracey Beach.

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