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Also Known As: James Norman Beaver Jr. Died:
Born: August 12, 1950 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Laramie, Wyoming, USA Profession: actor, writer

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Crimson Peak (2015)
2.
 Frontier, The (2014)
3.
 Next (2007)
4.
 Life of David Gale, The (2003) Duke Grover
5.
 Adaptation. (2002) Ranger Tony
6.
 Joy Ride (2001) Sheriff Ritter
7.
 Warden of Red Rock, The (2001) Jefferson Bent
8.
 Magnolia (1999) Smiling Peanut Patron No 1
9.
 Uncorked (1998)
10.
 Wounded (1997) Eric Ashton
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1977:
First minor film role in "Semi-Tough," starring Burt Reynolds and Kris Kristofferson
1981:
Appeared in "Nighthawks," which starred Sylvester Stallone and Rutger Hauer
1983:
Cast as the plant manager in the award winning film "Silkwood," starring Meryl Streep and directed by Mike Nichols
1985:
Wrote two episodes of "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (NBC)
1987:
Played a postal worker in Robert Townsend's "Hollywood Shuffle"
1988:
Co-scripted the HBO anthology series "Vietnam War Story," featuring accounts of the men and women who fought in Vietnam
1989:
First gained recognition as Bruce Willis's best friend in Norman Jewison's acclaimed film "In Country"
1991:
Played Mark Harmon's partner, Detective Earl Gaddis, on NBC's critically acclaimed drama "Reasonable Doubts"
1994:
Had a small role as a Detective in the western "Bad Girls"
1994:
Starred as Edward Asner's sidekick Leland on the ABC comedy "Thunder Alley"
1996:
Appeared as Father Tim Jansen on NBC's popular daytime drama "Days of Our Lives"
1997:
Starred in the USA movie "Divided by Hate" with Dylan Walsh and Tom Skerritt
1999:
Had a small role in Paul Thomas Anderson's "Magnolia"
2001:
Starred in the Showtime movie "Warden of Red Rock," with James Caan and David Carradine
2001:
Cast as Admiral Daniel Leonard in "Star Trek: Enterprise" (UPN)
2002:
Starred in Spike Jonze's "Adaptation," with Nicolas Cage
2003:
Cast opposite Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in Alan Parker's "The Life of David Gale"
2004:
Played Ellsworth on the HBO drama "Deadwood"
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Education

Fort Worth Christian College: - 1967 - 1968
Oklahoma Christian College: - 1971 - 1972
Central State University: - 1975

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