Adam Beach

Adam Beach


11/1/1972, Ashern, Manitoba, Canada

Birth Name

Adam Reuben Beach


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A member of the Ojibwa Nation, Adam Beach was born a Saulteaux, on November 11, 1972, in Ashern, Manitoba, Canada, and spent his first 8 years on the Dog Creek Indian Reserve. His mother, who was 8 months pregnant at the time, was hit and killed by a…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • On December 13, 2007, Adam Beach was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in the "Actor In A Leading Role - Mini-Series Or Television Movie" category for his performance in Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee.

    • Adam's favorite film is Stand By Me.

    • Adam's favorite way of relaxing is to sleep or nap. He's known for being able to sleep no matter what is going on around him or how loud it is. On set, he's napped under trees and even under a truck.

    • Adam loves scaring people and would love to do a high level horror film.

    • In 1996 Adam starred in the first film completely written, produced, directed and acted by Native Americans, Smoke Signals. Directed by Chris Eyre, Signals premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, winning the Audience Award and the Filmmaker's Trophy, with a third nomination for the Grand Jury Prize.

    • Adam is a member of the Ojibwa Indian Nation.

    • Adam likes all sorts of music including The Beatles, Billy Idol, Cat Stevens, John Denver and Black Sabbath.

    • Adam is 5' 11½" (1.82 m) tall.

    • Adam plays the electric bass guitar.

    • In preparation for his part in the film Windtalkers, Adam studied the Navajo language for 6 months to be able to speak it correctly.

    • In preparation for his part in the film Windtalkers, Adam studied the Navajo language for 6 months to be able to speak it correctly.

    • After losing both his parents to accidents within several months, Adam became very angry, eventually joining a street gang to vent his emotions, only to soon find a better why to express those feelings, through acting.

    • Beach's middle name is Reuben.

    • Visits schools in Canada to speak to Native American children about achieving their dreams.

    • Moved permanently from Canada to Los Angeles after his co-starring role in Windtalkers.

    • Won the Best Actor Award from First Americans In The Arts for his performance in the television movie My Indian Summer.

    • Favorite sport is ice hockey.

    • Beach never finished high school, instead taking the lead role in the play Red River Valley, presented by the Manitoba Theatre For Young People.

    • In high school, Adam formed Lethic, a garage band which did covers of Black Sabbath songs.

    • Adam attended Gordon Bell High School in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

    • After the deaths of his parents, Beach and his brothers went to live with relatives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

    • Adam was just seven years old when his mother was killed by a drunk driver. Two month's later, his father drowned.

    • Beach used to run home from school to watch Johnny Depp on 21 Jump Street.

    • Adam's first on screen part was that of the one rowing a canoe which was occupied by the lead actors of Lost In The Barrens.

    • Adam was born on the Dog Creek Reserve, located north of Lake Winnipeg, Canada.

    • Native American Adam Beach is a member of the Saulteaux tribe.

  • Quotes

    • Adam Beach:I find myself searching for the right characters and the right stories. I think Native cinema right now is booming. We are taking control of our voice and the image of who we are, which is important. The world needs to see us in the image of the way we see ourselves. I have been over the years trying to do roles that show us as people in society and not just a Hollywood Indian, a romanticized Indian.