ADAM BEACH’s illustrious career continues to traverse screens both small and large. He will next be seen in the Dreamworks blockbuster COWBOYS AND ALIENS alongside Harrison Ford, Daniel Craig and Oliva Wilde. On the small screen, he will be seen recurring on ABC’s new series COMBAT HOSPITAL which premieres this summer. Previously, Adam heavily recurred in BIG LOVE ‘s fourth season on HBO. Adam is no stranger to the cable network; he received a Golden Globe nomination for his turn as Charles Eastman in the HBO film adaptation of the world renowned book BURY MY HEART AT WOUNDED KNEE. His performance led to a series regular role on “Law & Order: SVU” playing the role of Ice-T’s partner, Chester Lake.
Adam is also known for his work in the CBS mini-series “Comanche Moon,” written by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (of Oscar winning Brokeback Mountain). He played Blue Duck opposite a star-studded cast including Val Kilmer and Steve Zahn.
On the big screen, Adam received much critical acclaim for his powerful starring turn as Ira Hayes, in “FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS” directed by Clint Eastwood, written by Paul Haggis, and produced by Stephen Spielberg.
Adam may today be best known for his portrayal of Victor Joseph in “Smoke Signals,” which won the Filmmaker's Trophy Award and the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Adam’s first brush with fame occurred in his follow up, starring opposite Nicolas Cage in John Woo‘s “Windtalkers,” the story of the Navajo Code Talkers, who spoke their language as a code during World War II.
Beach’s many studio and independent feature films also include “A Warrior’s Heart” opposite Kellan Lutz and Ashley Greene, “The Big Empty,” “The Art of Woo,” “Posers” “Last Stop,” “Now and Forever,” “My Indian Summer” (Best Actor In A Feature Film by First Americans In The Arts), “A Boy Called Hate,” “The Adventures of Joe Dirt,” opposite David Spade, and “Mystery, Alaska,”
On television, Beach has starred in the television films “The Stepson,” “Johnny Total,” “Skinwalkers,” and “Spirit Rider,” among many others. He has also appeared in several episodes of television, including such programs as “Hawaii Five-O,” “JAG,” “Third Watch,” “The Dead Zone,” “Lonesome Dove,” “Touched By An Angel,” “Walker, Texas Ranger,” “Madison,” “Dead Man's Gun,” “The Rez,” and “First Wave.” In Canada, Beach was a series regular on “Moose TV,” a limited-run comedy series for Canadian television.
Beach was born in Manitoba, Canada, and began acting in Winnipeg when he was a teenager. At the age of 16, he was introduced to an extras casting director and the meeting landed him a spot in the film “Lost in the Barrens,” playing Graham Greene's canoe mate. Beach spent the next four years in the theatrical world of Manitoba small theatre.
It wasn't long before Beach was cast as the lead in “Squanto: A Warrior's Tale” opposite Mandy Patinkin. It was Canada's own Bruce McDonald, however, that finally recognized Beach’s true potential and penchant for the absurd, casting him as Frank Fencepost in the screen adaptation of W.P. Kinsella's “Dance Me Outside.” This film garnered him critical acclaim both in Canada and the United States, and landed him a Best Actor award from the American Indian Film Festival.
Beach’s work is strongly rooted in his Native heritage, bringing a unique and diverse perspective to his craft. His commitment to his spiritual development through traditional grass dancing enhances his work. Beach spends his spare time playing hockey and generously donating his voice and enthusiasm in support of Native Youth. He also sings and plays guitar in his own band, Jesus Murphy.