ADAM BEACH (Ben Yahzee) may be best known for
his critically-acclaimed portrayal of Victor Joseph in Smoke Signals,
which won the Filmmaker's Trophy Award and the Audience Award at the Sundance
Film Festival. Adam is currently in Arizona shooting the drama Skin Walkers
for PBS; Robert Redford's Wildwood and Grenada USA are producing the film.
Next up, Adam will be seen in the indie film The Big Empty starring
alongside Jon Favreau, Rachel Leigh Cook, Darryl Hannah and Kelsey Grammer.
He'll also be seen in Posers for director Katie Talio. Recently Adam also
completed starring roles in the indie films Last Stop for director Mark
Malone and Now and Forever opposite Mia Kirshner. He was also seen in The
Art of Woo, an indie feature recently shown at the Toronto Film Festival.
Adam was born in Manitoba, Canada, and began acting in Winnipeg when he was a
teenager. At he 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. Adam spent the next four years in the theatrical
world of Manitoba small theatre. Maintaining a profile in film and television
during this time, he then landed a role in the made-for-TV movie Spirit Rider.
This breakthrough was quickly followed by Cadillac Girls starring Gregory
Harrison, as well as a recurring role on the CBC production North of 60.
It wasn't long before Adam 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 Adam'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
Adam's award-winning performance launched him into the TV serial fray working
on episodes of Lonesome Dove, Touched By An Angel, Walker, Texas
Ranger, Madison, Dead Man's Gun, a co-starring role as Charlie
in CBC's The Rez, and guest-starring on First Wave. Adams'
features include My Indian Summer (Best Actor In A Feature Film by 1st
Americans In The Arts), A Boy Called Hate, The Adventures of Joe Dirt
opposite David Spade, and Mystery, Alaska.
Adam'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. Adam 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 he leads, Jesus
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