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Michael Beach

Michael Beach is an accomplished actor on stage and screen. He is perhaps best known for his menacing turn in Carl Franklin's acclaimed crime-drama One False Move or as Angela Bassett's cheating husband in Waiting to Exhale. His future projects include Hell Ride, starring opposite Dennis Hopper, Michael Madsen and Vinnie Jones, and Play Dead, with Chris Klein and Fred Durst.

Beach trained for the theater at the Juilliard School in New York City. While at Juilliard, Michael performed in more than 18 plays. He also wrote and directed a few. He's performed off Broadway, in regional theater and in theater in Los Angeles.

Two weeks after graduation, Beach was playing opposite Wesley Snipes in Streets of Gold, then alongside Kevin Bacon in End of the Line, also starring Holly Hunter. A string of films followed, including Suspect with Cher and Dennis Quaid, Lean on Me with Morgan Freeman, In a Shallow Grave and Late for Dinner.

In James Cameron's The Abyss, he found a watery grave, then was engulfed in feathers after being shot in Tony Scott's True Romance, and shot again when Andy Garcia and Richard Gere used him against each other in Internal Affairs. Bill Paxton also gets the best of his outlaw character, Pluto, in the critical success One False Move.

Beach's other film credits include Bad Company, with Laurence Fishburne and Ellen Barkin; White Man's Burden, with John Travolta; Waiting to Exhale, opposite Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett; Soul Food, starring Vanessa Williams; and A Family Thing, with Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones.

In addition to his work in film Beach has numerous television credits, which include appearances on Criminal Minds, Without a Trace, Shark, Brothers & Sisters, Third Watch, Stargate: Atlantis, Spawn, Open Admissions with Jane Alexander, Shannon's Deal (a series created by John Sayles), Gabriel's Fire and recurring roles in Under Suspicion and ER.

Beach also starred in Rebound: The Legend of Earl 'The Goat' Manigault," an HBO telefilm directed by Eriq La Salle and featuring Forest Whitaker, Don Cheadle and James Earl Jones.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2008.
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Michael Beach Facts

BirthdayOctober 30, 1963 (60)
BirthplaceRoxbury, Massachusetts, USA
Height5' 9" (1m75)  How tall is Michael Beach compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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