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.
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.
|1992||The Mighty Ducks||Mr. Hall|
|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|
|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||It Snows All the Time||Mr. Stewart|
|2017||Haunted Maze||Detective Edwards|
|2020||Cowboys||Ben the Friendly Ranger|
|2019||The Turkey Bowl||Judge Tibbins||Completed|
|2020||Stoker Hills||Dr. Jonathan Brooks||Post-production|
|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”|