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ADAM BEACH (Ira Hayes) 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 also starred opposite Nicolas Cage in "Windtalkers,” the story of the Navajo Code Talkers, who spoke their language as a code during World War II.

Beach has recently completed filming "Comanche Moon,” a 6-hour CBS miniseries, written by Diana Ossana and Larry McMurtry (who recently won screenwriting Oscars® for "Brokeback Mountain”). He plays Blue Duck opposite a star-studded cast that includes Val Kilmer and Steve Zahn. Next, Adam will take on the lead role of Charles Eastman in the HBO film adaptation of the world-renowned book Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee. He will star opposite Aidan Quinn and Anna Paquin, who plays the young missionary that married Eastman.

Beach's many studio and independent feature films include "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 "Johnny Tootall,” "Skinwalkers,” and "Spirit Rider,” among many others. He has also appeared in several episodes of television, including such programs as "JAG,” "Third Watch,” "The Dead Zone,” "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.” In Canada, Beach will next star in "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.


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