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John Beck (actor)

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John Beck born January 28, 1943 is an American actor and was reared in Joliet, Illinois He has been married to Tina Carter since April 24, 1971 They have four children He became known for his role of Mark Graison in CBS's Dallas during the middle 1980s He often portrayed hard-ball businessmen


  • 1 Early career 1964–76
  • 2 Commercial peak 1977–86
  • 3 Recent career 1989–present
  • 4 Outside of acting
  • 5 Partial filmography
  • 6 External links

Early career 1964–76edit

Beck grew up in Chicago His childhood ambition was to become a veterinarian However, following his performance in a school play at the age of sixteen, which he had been asked to take part in as a means of overcoming profound shyness, his tutors encouraged him to try to get into drama school He moved to California in 1962 at the age of nineteen and made his living by appearing in television commercials In 1963/1964, he attended Joliet Junior College and was in an acting class A year later, he made his first television appearance as an actor in his own right in a 1965 episode of NBC's I Dream of Jeannie entitled 'Russian Roulette' at the age of twenty-one Beck had a regular supporting role as Ketcham in the weekly Nichols TV series also known as James Garner as Nichols which ran for one season on NBC from 1971 to 1972 His numerous credits as a supporting actor over the years include guest slots in such series as Death Valley Days, Diagnosis: Murder, Dan August, Baywatch Beck was a good friend of Baywatch star David Hasselhoff during the 1980s, Tales from the Crypt, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, Mod Squad, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O and Matlock, among numerous others

Already a household name in the United States by this point, Beck first came to the attention of international audiences in 1973 when he played an underground leader named Erno who leads a revolt against a fascist government in the Woody Allen sci-fi comedy Sleeper That same year, he appeared as "John W Poe" in the Sam Peckinpah western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and in 1975, he appeared opposite James Caan as "Moonpie" in the original Rollerball

Commercial peak 1977–86edit

In the film The Other Side of Midnight in 1977, Beck played the male lead A year later, Beck starred in an adaptation of H G Wells's The Time Machine with future Three's Company actress Priscilla Barnes, and appeared in the TV miniseries Wheels He appeared as Dorian Blake in 1985's Peyton Place: The Next Generation, a proposed revival of 1960s nighttime drama Peyton Place Both productions aired on NBC in the United States

After over fifteen years of being cast in supporting roles and bit-parts in various American drama and comedy series and low-budget films, he finally landed his first major starring role playing Sam Curtis in the early 1980s television soap opera Flamingo Road, followed by the role of Mark Graison on Dallas his best-known role from 1983 to 1986 Although his character was killed off in 1984, he later returned after having faked his death to seek an alternative cure for a disease from which he was suffering However, in 1986, former star Patrick Duffy was asked to return to Dallas To accommodate this, the producers made the entire 1985-86 season a dream of Pamela Ewing Victoria Principal As a result, Beck's character was written out of the show as if he had never actually returned from the dead

His other credits as a leading performer include Santa Barbara and, more recently, a recurring role in Walker: Texas Ranger

Recent career 1989–presentedit

The 1990s saw Beck turn to voice acting for the first time in his career when he provided the voice of the Punisher in three episodes of Spider-Man: The Animated Series, although to date this remains the only role as a voice actor in his career Beck also guest-starred as the character Raymond Boone in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine extended episode "Tribunal" in 1994 A year later, he appeared in the film Black Day Blue Night His increasingly hectic workload between the early 1970s and the mid-1990s wore Beck down to the extent that after leaving the Walker: Texas Ranger series in 1997, he began to wind down his acting schedule due to "exhaustion"

Outside of actingedit

Beck was a proficient boxer in the 1970s and won several amateur titles, most notably the heavyweight 'Golden Gloves' of Chicago in 1973 Also a one-time champion roller-skater, he was able to perform many of his own stunts in the film Rollerball without the need for a stunt double

Partial filmographyedit

  • Cyborg 2087 1966 - Skinny
  • Three in the Attic 1968 - Jake
  • Lawman 1971
  • Mrs Pollifax-Spy 1971
  • Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid 1973
  • Paperback Hero 1973
  • Sleeper 1973
  • Nightmare Honeymoon 1974
  • Rollerball 1975
  • The Big Bus 1976
  • The Call of the Wild 1976
  • Sky Riders 1976
  • Audrey Rose 1977
  • The Other Side of Midnight 1977
  • The Time Machine 1978
  • Deadly Illusion 1987
  • Fire and Rain 1989 TV film
  • A Climate for Killing 1991
  • Walker Texas Ranger 1993-2001 - Sgt Lou Ross / Max Elson / Jake Foley
  • Extreme Limits 2000
  • Militia 2000

External linksedit

  • John Beck on IMDb
  • John Beck at AllMovie

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