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Growing up the third of nine children in a Memphis suburb, actor Michael Beck planned on a career in economics or athletics. He earned a football scholarship to Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, but after being one of only 30 applicants chosen to attend the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, Beck hopped on a plane and his career plans took a turn. His first big-screen appearance was as a Highway Thug in the 1971 film "The Hard Ride," for which he was not given a credit. His big break was still to come, when in 1979 he played Swan in the cult-favorite New York gang film "The Warriors." The very next year, Beck starred as Sonny Malone in the much-maligned roller skating fantasy-musical "Xanadu." His work on the film earned him a Razzie nomination for worst actor. Beck's post-"Xanadu" film work included roles in 1982's "Megaforce" and 1983's "The Golden Seal," but the bulk of his career has taken place on the small-screen, where he starred in numerous TV movies like "Deadly Game," "Stranger At My Door" and "Wes Craven's Chiller." Beck has also been featured on a number of popular TV series, including "JAG," "Walker, Texas Range" and "Nash Bridges." Of his...

Growing up the third of nine children in a Memphis suburb, actor Michael Beck planned on a career in economics or athletics. He earned a football scholarship to Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, but after being one of only 30 applicants chosen to attend the prestigious Central School of Speech and Drama in London, England, Beck hopped on a plane and his career plans took a turn. His first big-screen appearance was as a Highway Thug in the 1971 film "The Hard Ride," for which he was not given a credit. His big break was still to come, when in 1979 he played Swan in the cult-favorite New York gang film "The Warriors." The very next year, Beck starred as Sonny Malone in the much-maligned roller skating fantasy-musical "Xanadu." His work on the film earned him a Razzie nomination for worst actor. Beck's post-"Xanadu" film work included roles in 1982's "Megaforce" and 1983's "The Golden Seal," but the bulk of his career has taken place on the small-screen, where he starred in numerous TV movies like "Deadly Game," "Stranger At My Door" and "Wes Craven's Chiller." Beck has also been featured on a number of popular TV series, including "JAG," "Walker, Texas Range" and "Nash Bridges." Of his short-lived film career, Beck has been quoted as saying: "The Warriors opened a lot of doors in film for me; which Xanadu then closed."

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Berlin Blues (2004)
2.
 Forest Warrior (1996)
3.
 Fade to Black (1993) Nic Braith
4.
 Deadly Game (1991) Peterson
5.
 Stranger at My Door (1991) Jimmy Lee Dancey
6.
 Only One Survived (1990) Paul
7.
 Killer Workout (1987) Curtis
8.
 Gone to Texas (1986) Jim Bowie
9.
 Blackout (1985) Mike Patterson
10.
 Chiller (1985) Miles Creighton
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Michael Beck was born in Memphis, Tennessee on February 4, 1949. Michael is known predominantly for his roles as "Swan" in the action film The Warriors (1979), "Sonny Malone" in Xanadu (1980), and as "Lieutenant-Commander Dallas" in Megaforce (1982). (The Megaforce role garnered him a Razzie nomination for Worst Supporting Actor.) Beck also appeared in other movies such as Warlords of the 21st Century, The Last Ninja (film), The Golden Seal (as an evil poacher), and Wes Craven's Chiller (as a cryogenically-frozen sociopath). He read for, but did not get, the role of Sir Lancelot in John Boorman's movie Excalibur. Michael starred in a short-lived television series, Houston Knights (1987), in the role of "Sgt. Levon Lundy." More recently, Beck starred in television shows JAG, Robin's Hoods, Walker Texas Ranger (in the episode A Difficult Peace), and as the Mars-born Terrorist-turned cyborg assassin Abel Horn in the science fiction TV series Babylon 5 episode A Spider In The Web. Beck lives in California with his songwriter-wife Cari (they celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary in September 2005), and with their two children: daughter Ashley and son Jesse. According to Michael, neither of his kids acts or plays football.

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