Jim Beaver Biography (1950-)

Full name, James Norman Beaver, Jr.; born August 12, 1950, in Laramie, WY; raised in Irving, TX; son of James Norman (a minister) and Dorothy Adell (maiden name, Crawford) Beaver; married Deborah S. Young (a radio personality), August 10, 1973 (divorced, 1976); married Cecily April Adams (an actress and casting assistant), May 7, 1989; children: (second marriage) Madeline Rose. Addresses: Agent: The Artists Agency, 10000 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 305,Los Angeles, CA 90067; Malaky International Agency, 10642 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 103, Los Angeles, CA 90025; House of Representatives, 400 South Beverly Blvd., Suite 101, Beverly Hills, CA 90212-4403.

Actor, writer
Birth Details
August 12, 1950
Laramie, Wyoming, United States

Famous Works

  • Film Appearances
  • B.E.A.T. member, Semi-Tough, United Artists, 1977
  • Client, The Seniors (also known as The Senior), Cinema Shares, 1978
  • The artist, Warnings, 1979
  • Subway passenger, Nighthawks (also known as Hawks), Universal, 1981
  • Plant manager, Silkwood, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1983
  • (As James Beaver) Ben Crysler, File 8022, 1985
  • Postal worker, Hollywood Shuffle (also known as Robert Townsend's Hollywood Shuffle), Samuel Goldwyn, 1987
  • Smuggler, Sweet Revenge, Concorde, 1987
  • Crying man, Two Idiots in Hollywood, New World, 1988
  • F.B.I. agent, Defense Play, Trans World Entertainment, 1988
  • The captain, The Cherry (short film), 1989
  • Earl Smith, In Country, Warner Bros., 1989
  • Gabby Hayes, Mergers and Acquisitions, American Film Institute, 1989
  • Plant manager, Turner and Hooch, Buena Vista, 1989
  • (As Richard Muldoon) Liquor store cashier, Little Secrets, Cinecom, 1991
  • Detective Clarkson, Sister Act, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Oscar, Twogether, North American Releasing, 1992
  • Detective Ira, Sliver (also known as Sliver--Gier der Augen), Paramount, 1993
  • Proclamation officer, Geronimo: An American Legend, Columbia/TriStar, 1993
  • Pinkerton detective Graves, Bad Girls, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1994
  • Ricky's father, Blue Chips, Paramount, 1994
  • Foreman, At Sachem Farm (also known as Higher Love, Trade Winds, and Uncorked), Itasca Pictures, 1998
  • Ambrose Bierce, Ah! Silenciosa, 1999
  • Jim (Smiling Peanut patron), Magnolia (also known as mag-no'li-a), New Line Cinema, 1999
  • Sheriff Bert Davis, Impala, American Film Institute/Urban Legend Productions, 1999
  • Clawhammer, Where the Heart Is, Twentieth Century-Fox, 2000
  • Detective Mason, Fraud, 2000
  • Sheriff Ritter, Joy Ride (also known as Road Kill and Roadkill), Twentieth Century-Fox, 2001
  • Agent Hammond, Wheelmen, 2002
  • Duke Grover, The Life of David Gale, Universal, 2002
  • Howard Brennan, The Commission, 2002
  • Ranger Tony, Adaptation, Columbia, 2002
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Detective Earl Gaddis, Reasonable Doubts, NBC, 1991-1993
  • Leland DuParte, Thunder Alley, ABC, 1994-1995
  • Donald Cleary, Murder One, ABC, 1996-1997
  • Father Timothy Jansen, Days of Our Lives (also known as Days and DOOL), NBC, 1996-2002
  • Detective McKissick, Total Security, ABC, 1997
  • Gary, Trouble with Normal, ABC, 2000
  • Leo Sylvestri, The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 2000-2001
  • Miniseries
  • Agent Reiling, Mr. Murder (also known as Dean Koontz's Mr. Murder), ABC, 1998
  • Movies
  • Nathan, Desperado, 1978
  • Dallas Cowboy football player, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, 1979
  • Pedestrian, Girls of the White Orchid (also known as Death Rideto Osaka), 1983
  • Motel manager, Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake, NBC,1988
  • Sheriff Jack Edzard, Mothers, Daughters and Lovers (also known asAmerican River), 1989
  • Craig Harboy, Follow Your Heart (also known as Walk Me to the Distance), NBC, 1990
  • Major Trimble, The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson, TNT, 1990
  • Spivey Irick, El Diablo, HBO, 1990
  • Deputy Willie Rudd, Gunsmoke: To the Last Man, CBS, 1992
  • Traveling blacksmith, Gunsmoke: The Long Ride, CBS, 1993
  • Roddy Gibbons, Children of the Dark, CBS, 1994
  • Agent Eric Ashton, Wounded, HBO, 1997
  • Danny Leland, Divided by Hate (also known as Bitter Markings), USA Network, 1997
  • Jefferson Bent, Warden of Red Rock, Showtime, 2001
  • Specials
  • Wrong-house neighbor, "Elysian Fields," CBS Summer Playhouse, CBS,1989
  • Episodic
  • The Young and the Restless (also known as Y&R), CBS, 1985
  • Barney Sutter, "The Umpire," Matlock, NBC, 1987
  • "The Holstered Gun (a.k.a. Too Far)," Paradise, CBS, 1988
  • Drake, "The Murder Weekend Mystery," Father Dowling Mysteries, ABC, 1990
  • Wetstone, "Desert Stone," Nasty Boys, NBC, 1990
  • "Ryder on the Storm," Midnight Caller, NBC, 1990
  • Santa Barbara, NBC, 1992
  • Henry Barnes, "I'm Looking through You," Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois and Clark and The New Adventures of Superman), ABC, 1993
  • Duke Miller, "Doctor in the House," Home Improvement, ABC, 1995
  • Edgar Allan Poe, "Edgar Allan Poe-Session," Bone Chillers, ABC, 1996
  • Father, High Incident, ABC, 1996
  • Truck driver/Jesus Christ, "Taillight's Last Gleaming," NYPD Blue,ABC, 1996
  • Detective Ashton, "The Ripple Effect," Moloney, CBS, 1997
  • Thornbush, "Lorne and Max Drop the Ball," Spy Game (also known asCloak and Dagger and Lorne and Max), ABC, 1997
  • Happy Doug, "Happy New Dick!," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life As We Know It and 3rd Rock), NBC, 1998
  • Happy Doug, "The Physics of Being Dick," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life As We Know It and 3rd Rock), NBC, 1998
  • Happy Doug, "What's Love Got to Do, Got to Do with Dick?," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life As We Know It and 3rd Rock),NBC, 1998
  • "Amanda's Back," Melrose Place, Fox, 1998
  • Coroner, "Field Trip," The X-Files, Fox, 1999
  • Happy Doug, "Dick's Big Giant Headache," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known as Life As We Know It and 3rd Rock), NBC, 1999
  • Happy Doug, "Two-Faced Dick," 3rd Rock from the Sun (also known asLife As We Know It and 3rd Rock), NBC, 1999
  • Carl, "Manchester: Part 1," The West Wing, NBC, 2001
  • Nelson Vanderhoff, Philly, ABC, 2001
  • Tony, "Who Wants It More?," That '70s Show, Fox, 2001
  • Zito, "High on the Hog," The Division, Lifetime, 2001
  • Also appeared in episodes of other series, including Dallas, CBS.
  • Pilots
  • Defense attorney, "Fatal Attraction (Parts 1 & 2)," Jake and the Fatman, CBS, 1987
  • "The Kid," The Young Riders, ABC, 1989
  • Admiral Daniel Leonard, Enterprise: Broken Bow (also known as Star Trek Enterprise: Broken Bow), UPN, 2001
  • Stage Appearances
  • Sidekick, Los Angeles, 1986
  • Major and Freddie, Good, Theatre West, Los Angeles, 1998
  • Also appeared in King Lear, Macbeth, One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest, and The Rainmaker.
  • Screenplays
  • (Additional dialogue) Sweet Revenge, Concorde, 1987
  • Teleplays
  • Episodic
  • "The Gloating Place," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, NBC, 1985
  • "Final Twist," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network, 1987
  • "The Initiation," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network, 1987
  • "Man on the Edge," Alfred Hitchcock Presents, USA Network, 1987
  • "Separated," Vietnam War Story, HBO, 1987
  • "USO Down," Tour of Duty, CBS, 1988
  • Stage Plays
  • Once Upon a Single Bound, 1977
  • Spades, 1980
  • Sidekick, 1981, later Los Angeles, 1986
  • Semper Fi, 1982
  • Truth, Justice, and the Texican Way, 1982
  • Verdigris, Los Angeles, 1985
  • Pressing Engagements, 1990
  • Nonfiction
  • (As James N. Beaver, Jr.) John Garfield: His Life and Films, A. S.Barnes (South Brunswick, NJ), 1978
  • (With others) Movie Blockbusters, Bantam (New York City), 1983, revised edition, 1984

Further Reference


    • Publishers Weekly, July 3, 1995, p. 15

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