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John Beasley Having begun his acting career at the age of 45, John Beasley has made up for lost time by starring in numerous stage, film and television productions. Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska, Beasley spent the first 44 years of his life out of the acting limelight. A family man who enjoyed performing in local theatre productions, Beasley worked as a Union Pacific railroad clerk for seven years before he decided to pursue acting as a full-time career.

It wasn't long before Beasley found himself commuting from Omaha to appear onstage in such productions as "Boys Next Door," at Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre, and "Two Trains Running," at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In his first year, Beasley saw his dream come true when he was cast alongside Oprah Winfrey in the television series "Brewster Place," and his career took off. His additional television credits include recurring roles on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," "Millennium," "The Pretender," "Early Edition" and "EZ Streets," as well as guest-starring roles on "Judging Amy" and "The Untouchables," starring fellow "Everwood" actor Tom Amandes.

Other feature film credits include "The Gift," "The General's Daughter," "Crazy in Alabama," "Rudy," "Losing Isaiah," "The Mighty Ducks" and "Untamed Heart." Beasley also appeared in the remake of "Walking Tall," in which he plays the father of The Rock's character, and in the suspense thriller "The Sum of all Fears," starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Of all his projects, Beasley is most proud of his spiritual role as Brother Charles Blackwell, mentor to Robert Duvall's character, in "The Apostle." In real life, the roles are reversed, as Beasley considers Duvall to be his acting mentor.

Still living in his hometown of Omaha, Beasley enjoys teaching and directing at his newly established theater, The John Beasley Workshop at Center Stage. He also keeps busy with junior golf and tennis programs and fund-raisers for the American Heart Association. He and his wife have been married for almost 40 years and have two grown sons who are aspiring actors.

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