Actor John Beasley

John Beasley (born June 26, 1943) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in the films Rudy (1993), The General’s Daughter (1999), The Sum of All Fears (2002), Walking Tall (2004), The Purge: Anarchy (2014), and Sinister 2 (2015).

In 2002, Beasley founded the “John Beasley Theater & Workshop” in Omaha, Nebraska to promote live theater, especially works written by or featuring African-Americans.

Life and career

Beasley was born in Omaha, Nebraska. Beasley did not begin his acting career until his mid-40s. Prior to that he was a railroad man with the Union Pacific Railroad. He established the John Beasley Theater and Workshop in South Omaha.

He also portrayed General Lasseter in The Sum of All Fears and Reverend C. Charles Blackwell in The Apostle. In 1992 he played Jesse Hall’s dad in the movie The Mighty Ducks. He co-starred opposite The Rock in the 2004 remake of Walking Tall.

Beasley has made numerous guest roles on television and has appeared in several TV movies. His most prominent role in a TV series was as the main character Irv Harper in the WB series Everwood. He most recently appeared in the TV Land sitcom The Soul Man, which aired its fifth and final season in 2016.

Personal life

Beasley’s grandson Malik is a professional basketball player for the Minnesota Timberwolves.


Beasley was a cast member in Terms of Endearment, where he played the Doctor.


Year Title Role Notes
1991 V.I. Warshawski Ernie
1992 The Mighty Ducks Mr. Hall
1993 Rudy Coach Warren
1993 Untamed Heart Cook
1994 Little Big League Roberts
1997 The Apostle Brother C. Charles Blackwell
1999 The General’s Daughter Col. Slesinger
1999 Crazy in Alabama Nehemiah Jackson
2000 The Operator Rev. James
2000 Lost Souls Mike Smythe
2000 The Gift Albert Hawkins
2001 The Journeyman Cleofas
2002 The Sum of All Fears Gen. Lasseter
2002 TOC: The Goal Lou Video
2004 Walking Tall Chris Vaughn Sr.
2009 For Love of Amy Mr. Tate
2014 The Purge: Anarchy Papa Rico Sanchez
2015 I’ll See You in My Dreams Mike
2015 Sinister 2 Father Rodriguez
2016 Second Words Hank Short
2016 It Snows All the Time Mr. Stewart
2017 Haunted Maze Detective Edwards
2020 Cowboys Ben the Friendly Ranger
20?? Tattoo Seymour Short, completed
2019 The Turkey Bowl Judge Tibbins Completed
2020 Stoker Hills Dr. Jonathan Brooks Post-production
2020 Spell Earl


Year Title Role Notes
1990 Brewster Place Mr. Willie Episodes: “Open for Business”, “Spring Fever”, “Whatever Happened to Patience Jones”, “Bernice Sands Comes Home”
1991 Lucky Day Bo TV film
1993 Laurel Avenue Mr. Coleman TV miniseries
1997 To Sir, with Love II Ogden Episode: “Pilot”
1998 Early Edition Capt. Leon Haines Episodes: “A Minor Miracle”, “The Quality of Mercy”
1999 Millennium James Edward Hollis Episodes: “Darwin’s Eye”, “Via Dolorosa”, “Goodbye to All That”
1999 A.T.F. Sec. Robert Edward TV film
2000 Freedom Song Jonah Summer TV film
2000 The Moving of Sophia Myles Nathaniel Myles TV film
2000 Disappearing Acts Mr. Banks TV film
2000, 2003 Judging Amy Judge Henry Bromell Episodes: “Dog Days”, “Shock and Awe”, “Kilt Trip”
2000–01 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Charles Moore Episodes: “Crate ‘n’ Burial”, “Evaluation Day”
2002–2006 Everwood Irv Harper Main role
2006 The Lost Room Gus Episode: “The Comb and the Box”
2007 NCIS Daryl Hardy Episode: “Suspicion”
2007 Boston Legal Det. Walter McKay Episode: “The Chicken and the Leg”
2009 Chasing a Dream Peter Boscow TV film
2010 CSI: Miami Henry Dawson Episode: “Backfire”
2011 Harry’s Law Judge Ronald Winston Episode: “Pilot”
2011 Detroit 1-8-7 Joe King Episode: “Beaten/Cover Letter”
2011 Treme Don Encalade Episodes: “Carnival Time”, “Can I Change My Mind?”, What Is New Orleans?”, “Do Watcha Wanna”
2012–2016 The Soul Man Barton Ballentine Main role (season 1), recurring (seasons 2–5)
2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Cliff TV film
2017 Shots Fired Mr. Dabney Recurring role
2018 The Resident Mortimer Rosenthal Episode: “Comrades in Arms”
2019 Limetown The Reverend Episodes: “Rake”, “Napoleon”
2019 The Mandalorian Bartender Episode: “Chapter One”
2021 Your Honor Elijah Davies Episode: “Part Ten”

External Links

Actor John Beasley – Wikipedia

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