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James Norman "Jim" Beaver, Jr. (born August 12, 1950) is an American actor who portrayed Whitney Ellsworth in HBO's Deadwood.

Biography[]

Beaver was born in Laramie, Wyoming, the son of Dorothy Adell (née Crawford) (1928-2019) and James Norman Beaver, Sr. (1924–2004), a minister. His father was of English and French heritage; the family name was originally de Beauvoir, and Beaver is a distant cousin of author and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and Pennsylvania governor General James A. Beaver. Beaver's mother has Cherokee, German, and Scottish ancestry, and is a descendant of three-time U.S. Attorney General John J. Crittenden.[1]

Although his parents' families had both long been in Texas, Beaver was born in Laramie, as his father was doing graduate work in accounting at the University of Wyoming. Returning to Texas, Beaver Sr. worked as an accountant and as a minister for the Church of Christ in Fort Worth, Crowley, Dallas, and Grapevine. For most of Beaver's youth, his family lived in Irving, Texas, even while his father preached in surrounding communities. He and his three younger sisters (Denise, Reneé, and Teddlie) all attended Irving High School, where he was a classmate of ZZ Top drummer Frank Beard, but he transferred in his senior year to Fort Worth Christian Academy, from which he graduated in 1968. He also took courses at Fort Worth Christian College.[1]

Later, he attended Oklahoma Christian College. Despite having appeared in some elementary school plays, he showed no particular interest in an acting career, but immersed himself in film history and expressed a desire for a career as a writer, publishing a few short stories in his high school anthology.[1]

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  • Semi-Tough as B.E.A.T. Member (1977)
  • The Seniors as Client (1978)
  • Desperado as Nathan (TV Movie, 1978)
  • Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders as Cowboy Player (TV Movie, 1979)
  • Nighthawks as Subway Passenger (1981)
  • Girls of the White Orchid as Pedestrian (TV Movie, 1983)
  • Silkwood as Plant Manager (1983)
  • Sweet Revenge as Smuggler (1987)
  • Hollywood Shuffle as Postal Worker (1987)
  • Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake as Motel Manager (TV Movie, 1988)
  • Defense Play as FBI Man (1988)
  • Two Idiots in Hollywood as Crying Man (1988)
  • Turner & Hooch as Plant Manager (1989)
  • In Country as Earl Smith (1989)
  • Mothers, Daughters and Lovers as Sheriff Jack Edzard (TV Movie, 1989)
  • Follow Your Heart as Craig Hraboy (TV Movie, 1990)
  • El Diablo as Spivey Irick (TV Movie, 1990)
  • The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson as Maj. Trimble (TV Movie, 1990)
  • Little Secrets as Liquor Store Cashier (1991)
  • Gunsmoke: To the Last Man as Deputy Willie Rudd (TV Movie, 1992)
  • Sister Act as Clarkson (1992)
  • Twogether as Oscar (1992)
  • Gunsmoke: The Long Ride as Traveling Blacksmith (TV Movie, 1993)
  • Sliver as Detective Ira (1993)
  • Geronimo: An American Legend as Proclamation Officer (1993)
  • Blue Chips as Ricky's Father (1994)
  • Children of the Dark as Roddy Gibbons (TV Movie, 1994)
  • Bad Girls as Pinkerton Detective Graves (1994)
  • Wounded as Agent Eric Ashton (1997)
  • Divided by Hate as Danny Leland (TV Movie, 1997)
  • At Sachem Farm as Foreman (1998)
  • Mr. Murder as Agent Jason Reiling (TV Movie, 1998)
  • Magnolia as Smiling Peanut Patron #1 (1999)
  • Ah! Silenciosa as Ambrose Bierce (1999)
  • Warden of Red Rock as Jefferson Bent (TV Movie, 2001)
  • Joy Ride as Sheriff Ritter (2001)
  • Adaptation. as Ranger Tony (2002)
  • The Life of David Gale as Duke Grover (2003)
  • The Commission as Howard L. Brennan (2003)
  • Wheelmen as Agent Hammond (2005)
  • Next as NSA Director Wisdom (2007)
  • Cooties as The Man (2007)
  • Dark and Stormy Night as Jack Tugdon (2009)
  • The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy as J. Wright Mooar (2011)
  • The Frontier as Lee (2015)
  • The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster as The Captain (2015)
  • Crimson Peak as Carter Cushing (2015)
  • Juvenile as Crabtree (2017)
  • Hospitality as The Boss (2018)
  • El Asesino as Cavetti (TV Movie, 2019)
  • Gunfight at Silver Creek as Phil Macgregor (2020)
  • Blindfire as Sergeant Ward (2020)

TV Series[]

  • Dallas as Julie Grey's Gardener / Diner (1978-1979)
  • The Young and the Restless as Leo Sylvestri / Detective Jim McCastor (1985, 1999-2000)
  • Jake and the Fatman as Defense Attorney (1987)
  • Matlock as Barney Sutler (1988)
  • Paradise as Frank Foster (1988)
  • CBS Summer Playhouse as Wrong-House Neighbor (1989)
  • The Young Riders as Johnson (1989)
  • Nasty Boys as Wetstone (1990)
  • Father Dowling Mysteries as Drake (1990)
  • Midnight Caller as Tom Barlow (1990)
  • Santa Barbara as Motel Man / Rapist (1991-1992)
  • Reasonable Doubts as Detective Earl Gaddis (1991-1993)
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman as Henry Barnes (1993)
  • Thunder Alley as Leland DuParte (1994-1995)
  • Home Improvement as Duke Miller (1995)
  • High Incident as Father in Wreck (1996)
  • Bone Chillers as Edgar Allan Poe (1996)
  • Murder One as Donald Cleary (1996-1997)
  • Days of Our Lives as Father Timothy Jansen #2 / Father Timothy Jansen (1996-1997, 2000, 2002-2004)
  • NYPD Blue as Truck Driver / Jesus Christ (1997)
  • Moloney as Detective Ashton (1997)
  • Spy Game as Thornbush (1997)
  • Total Security as Detective McKissick (1997)
  • Melrose Place as Ranger Virgil (1998)
  • Pensacola: Wings of Gold as Lucas (1998)
  • The Adventures of A.R.K. as Ranger Earl (1998)
  • 3rd Rock from the Sun as Happy Doug (1998-1999)
  • The X-Files as Coroner (1999)
  • The Trouble with Normal as Gary (2000-2001)
  • That '70s Show as Tony (2001)
  • The Division as Fred Zito (2001)
  • Star Trek: Enterprise as Adm. Daniel Leonard (2001)
  • The West Wing as Carl (2001)
  • Philly as Nelson Vanderhoff (2001)
  • Andy Richter Controls the Universe as Craig (2003)
  • Six Feet Under as Prison Officer (2003)
  • Tremors as Sheriff Sam Boggs (2003)
  • The Lyon's Den as Hank Ferris (2003)
  • Monk as Sheriff Ronald Mathis (2004)
  • Crossing Jordan as Ranger Diggory (2004)
  • Deadwood as Whitney Ellsworth (2004-2006)
  • The Unit as Lloyd Cole (2006)
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as Stanley Tanner (2006)
  • Supernatural as Bobby Singer / Demon / Worm / Leviathan (2006-2020)
  • Day Break as 'Uncle' Nick Vukovic (2007)
  • Big Love as Carter Reese (2007)
  • Tales from the Pub as Joe (2007)
  • John from Cincinnati as Vietnam Joe (2007)
  • Criminal Minds as Sheriff Williams (2007)
  • Harper's Island as Sheriff Charlie Mills (2009)
  • Psych as Stinky Pete Dillingham (2009)
  • Law & Order: LA as Frank Loomis (2010)
  • The Mentalist as Cobb Holwell (2010)
  • Lie to Me as Gus Sloan (2010)
  • Love Bites as Trucker (2011)
  • Breaking Bad as Lawson (2011-2012)
  • Justified as Sheriff Shelby Parlow (2011-2013)
  • Dexter as Clint McKay (2012)
  • The Middle as Eddie Stokes (2013)
  • Mike & Molly as Dwight (2013)
  • Longmire as Lee Rosky (2013)
  • Revolution as John Franklin Fry (2013)
  • Major Crimes as Donald Beckwith (2014)
  • Nikki & Nora: The N&N Files as Arliss Fontenot (2014)
  • NCIS as Captain Tom O'Rourke (2014)
  • The New Adventures of Peter and Wendy as George Darling (2015-2017)
  • Better Call Saul as Lawson (2016)
  • Bones as George Gibbons (2016)
  • NCIS: New Orleans as Rig Manager Jackson Hauser (2017)
  • Timeless as Jake Neville (2017)
  • Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders as Deputy Director Walter Atwood (2017)
  • Shut Eye as Bob Caygeon (2017)
  • The Ranch as Chuck (2017-2019)
  • Watchmen as Andy (2019)
  • The Boys as Secretary of Defense Robert A. Singer (2019-present)
  • Young Sheldon as Kenneth (2020)

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