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Overview (2)

Date of Birth 11 November 1972Ashern, Manitoba, Canada
Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Adam Beach was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to live with their grandmother and then with their uncle and aunt in Winnipeg, where Adam joined drama classes and began acting in local theatre productions.

Since then he has appeared in over 60 films and television programs. His performance in the Academy Award-nominated Clint Eastwood-directed Flags of Our Fathers (2006) was phenomenal. He played Ira Hayes, a Pima Native American who was one of the six US Marines to raise the American flag on Iwo Jima and who found the resulting fame hard to handle, subsequently giving way to alcoholism. This alone would have been an emotional role for Adam to play; however, during filming, both his grandmother and best friend passed away. His role as Hayes is both realistic and heartbreaking, earning him two Best Supporting Actor Award Nominations. He stands out well above the rest of the cast.

Adam has been further nominated for three Awards for his role in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee (2007) including a Golden Globe. He has put in terrific performances in the comedy film Joe Dirt (2001) and the John Woo World War II war epic Windtalkers (2002) in which he co-starred with Nicolas Cage.

He headlined the cast in the Walt Disney production Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994), featured in John Singleton's Four Brothers (2005) and starred with Harrison Ford and Daniel Craig in the science fiction-western smash hit Cowboys & Aliens (2011). He had a starring recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) and Big Love (2006).

Adam hopes to be appointed leader of his Lake Manitoba First Nation.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Lee-Williams

Spouse (3)

Tara Mason (5 July 2003 - 2007) (divorced)
Meredith Porter (1999 - 2002) (divorced) (2 children)
Summer Tiger (? - present) (1 child)

Trivia (14)

Is a Saulteaux Indian from Manitoba, Canada, one of three North American Indian tribesmen who appeared prominently in Windtalkers (2002).
Member of the Ojibwa Nation (Native American)
Spent six months learning the Navajo language for his role in Windtalkers (2002).
Lost both his parents in separate accidents, only months apart, when he was 8 years old.
Resides in Ottawa, Canada
Spends a lot of time doing speaking engagements all over North America, particularly with Native American and First Nation youth.
Has 3 children; Noah (born in 1996), Luke (born in 1998) and Phoenix (born in 2008).
Accepted the "Rising Star Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 2007.
Appeared in Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994) and in the Lonesome Dove (1989) prequel Comanche Moon (2008).
Nominated for Best Actor at the 2007 American Indian Film Festival for his performance in Luna: Spirit of the Whale (2007).
Around 2006/2007, he bought a house in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, to be closer to his boys from a previous marriage.
Bought a house in Kemptville, Ontario, Canada, to be closer to his boys from a previous marriage.
Living in New Jersey to be near Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999) studio. [May 2007]
Currently resides in Los Angeles. [March 2005]

Personal Quotes (5)

Some people look for a certain structure in their lives that they're comfortable with. People who work hard on the road as truckers, people who work hard using their hands. Then there are people who are fortunate enough to have my life, people who play these characters who embody these qualities.
[on his role in Arctic Air (2012)] I do a lot of inspirational talks for kids, to motivate them to change their lives and give them hope. And I found that this character shares a lot of those qualities. A lot of the communities I connect to get their inspiration from television and YouTube. I felt that this character could reach out to them and really connect. He's a character who's struggling with himself. He's trying to get back in touch with the person he once was.
[on First Nations people in Canada, and their treaty rights] I'm asking what is anybody doing right now to propel anything? All they are after is how we get that land that the Indians have by using our power to take away our rights. You can't propel a nation to move forward if all you are doing is taking something from them.
I feel I will always have that spirit bear with me, so I will always feel protected.
We're not going anywhere. We are never going to give up our sovereignty. We will always advance and we will always rise above any conflict.

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