Jim Beaver

Jim Beaver

Known For: Acting · Birthday: 1950-08-12 · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Laramie, Wyoming, USA

33 Movies · 46 TV shows

Also Known As: James Norman Beaver Jr. · James Beaver · Richard Muldoon · John Petlock

Biography

James Norman Beaver Jr. (born August 12, 1950) is an American actor, playwright, screenwriter, and film historian. He is most familiar to worldwide audiences as Bobby Singer in Supernatural. He also played Whitney Ellsworth on the HBO Western drama series Deadwood, which brought him acclaim and a Screen Actors Guild Awards nomination for Ensemble Acting, and Sheriff Shelby Parlow on the FX series Justified. His memoir Life's That Way was published in April 2009.

Personal Life

For several years after his move to California, Beaver shared a house with character actor Hank Worden, who had been a friend since Beaver's childhood.During college, Beaver married a fellow student, Debbie Young, in August 1973; the couple separated four months later, though divorce did not occur until 1976.In 1989, following four years of dating, Beaver married actress and casting director Cecily Adams, daughter of comic actor and voiceover artist Don Adams. Their daughter, Madeline, was born in 2001. Adams died of lung cancer on March 3, 2004.Beaver has been in a romantic relationship since 2016 with actress-singer Sarah Spiegel. They became engaged in May, 2018, and were married June 20, 2019.

Early Life

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.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. 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.

Movies & TV shows

2021.

1 Movie
Nightmare Alley

Nightmare Alley

2021
An ambitious young carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

2020.

1 Movie
Blindfire

Blindfire

2020
An African American suspect is killed by a police officer while responding to a hostage situation, but later learns of his innocence. He has to track down the person responsible while looking at his o...

2019.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Watchmen

Watchmen

6.67
2019
While attempting to break new ground, "Watchmen" embraces the nostalgia of the original graphic novel while setting in an alternate history where "superheroes" are treated as outlaws.
TV
The Boys

The Boys

6.64
2019
A group of people known as the "The Boys" set out to take down corrupt superheros with no more than a willingness to fight dirty and blue-collar work ethic.
Deadwood: The Movie

Deadwood: The Movie

2019
Follow the 10-year reunion of the Deadwood camp to celebrate South Dakota's statehood. Former rivalries are reignited, alliances are tested and old wounds are reopened, as all are left to navigate the...

2018.

3 Movies
Hospitality

Hospitality

5.33
2018
A woman with a checkered past must protect her son when a man brings trouble to her isolated bed and breakfast.
Remember the Sultana

Remember the Sultana

2018
Over 2000 Union soldiers, passengers and crew were crammed aboard the steamboat Sultana, licensed to carry 376. Graft, greed, overcrowding, a poorly maintained boat, and the Mississippi River was swol...
Billy Boy

Billy Boy

2018
When an angry teenager discovers a close friend has been killed, grief jeopardizes his future and he finds himself in danger.

2017.

1 TV show
TV
Young Sheldon

Young Sheldon

6.59
2017
A show shows the life of a child genius.

2016.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
The Frontier

The Frontier

2016
A desperate young woman, on the run from the law, takes a job at a remote desert motel. She quickly discovers the motel's patrons are rendezvousing after a large robbery. With nothing to lose, and all...
TV
The Ranch

The Ranch

6
2016
Colt was not a pro athlete. He's helping his dad and brother keep the ranch afloat, and figuring out how he fits into the family.
TV
Timeless

Timeless

7
2016
A criminal stole a state-of-the-art time machine to destroy America. The machine's prototype will have to be used by a scientist, a soldier and a history professor to travel back in time. They need to...

2015.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Better Call Saul

Better Call Saul

6.24
2015
Six years before Saul and Walter meet. Saul is a lawyer. A man is working. The man who puts "criminal" in "criminal lawyer" is tracked.
The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster

The Adventures of Biffle and Shooster

2015
Feature compilation of four Biffle and Shooster comedy shorts--"The Biffle Murder Case," "Imitation of Wife," "Schmo Boat" and "Bride of Finklestein"--plus five additional songs and sketches.
Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak

6.54
2015
In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between her love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. She is swept away to a house that bleeds and rem...

2012.

2 TV shows
TV
Revolution

Revolution

5.76
2012
The world was thrust back into the dark ages when electricity stopped working. 15 years later, a young woman's life is dramatically changed when a local militia arrives and kills her father, who myste...
TV
Major Crimes

Major Crimes

6.2
2012
Major Crimes explores how the American justice system approaches the art of the deals as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon...

2011.

1 Movie
The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy

The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy

2011
In 1870s Texas, a ruthless bounty hunter and an Irish desperado flee the law with a young criminal claiming to possess a treasure more valuable than gold. The three outlaws fight for their lives in th...

2010.

1 TV show
TV
Justified

Justified

6
2010
The 2001 short story "Fire in the Hole" is the basis of a character drama. The marshal Raylan Givens of Kentucky is a strong willed official of the law. His high-stakes job as well as his strained rel...

2009.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Dark and Stormy Night

Dark and Stormy Night

2009
The family of an old man, gathered for a reading of his will, are murdered by a phantom while two rival reporters compete for the story.
TV
Harper's Island

Harper's Island

2009
A group of people travel to a secluded island for a wedding. They have come to laugh. To love. They don't know it. To die. As the wedding festivities begin, friendships are tested and secrets exposed ...

2008.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The Mentalist

The Mentalist

6.1
2008
Patrick Jane, a former celebrity psychic medium, uses his razor sharp skills of observation and expertise at "reading" people to solve serious crimes with the California Bureau of Investigation.
TV
Breaking Bad

Breaking Bad

6.11
2008
Walter White, a New Mexico chemistry teacher, was given two years to live after he was diagnosed with Stage III cancer. As he enters the dangerous world of drugs and crime, he becomes filled with a se...
Reflections

Reflections

2008
When Carol looks into a mirror -- any mirror -- she sees images that horrify and repulse her. She's not a Medium, she's not a Ghost Whisperer, she's a frightened young woman on the edge of madness. Wi...

2007.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Next

Next

6.5
2007
Las Vegas showroom magician Cris Johnson has a secret which torments him: he can see a few minutes into the future. Sick of the examinations he underwent as a child and the interest of the government ...
TV
John from Cincinnati

John from Cincinnati

2007
There are two new arrivals to the community in Imperial Beach, California, one of which was snubbed by the Yosts years ago.

2006.

5 TV shows
TV
Dexter

Dexter

6.21
2006
Dexter Morgan, a blood spatter pattern analyst for the Miami Metro Police, leads a secret life as a serial killer, hunting down criminals who have slipped through the cracks of the justice system.
TV
The Unit

The Unit

3.5
2006
While their wives protect their husbands' secrets, a covert team of special forces operatives risk their lives on undercover missions around the globe.
TV
Psych

Psych

6.27
2006
Shawn Spencer's police officer father helped him develop a keen eye for detail. Shawn was wrongly accused of a crime because of his tips to the police. Shawn has no choice but to use his abilities to ...
TV
Day Break

Day Break

5.73
2006
The detective will be accused of shooting the state attorney. His alibi will be rock solid. He will know he's been framed. He will run. He will wake up and start the day over again.
TV
Big Love

Big Love

6.46
2006
The story of Bill Henrickson and his life in suburban Salt Lake City, balancing the needs of his three wives, his seven kids, three new houses and the opening of his newest hardware store. Bill's poly...

2005.

1 Movie · 3 TV shows
TV
Supernatural

Supernatural

6.43
2005
When they were children, Sam and Dean lost their mother. They were raised to be soldiers. He taught them about the evil in America on the dark corners and back roads. He taught them how to kill it. Th...
TV
Bones

Bones

6.33
2005
There is a doctor. Special Agent Seeley Booth uses the Jeffersonian's Medico-Legal Lab to help with murder investigations when the remains are badly burned or destroyed.
TV
Criminal Minds

Criminal Minds

5.96
2005
An elite team of FBI profilers watch over the country's most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. David is a founding member of the BAU.
Wheelmen

Wheelmen

2005
Two limo drivers hope to make money by escorting an executive around Los Angeles. Things go awry when they get caught up in a sabotage plot to assassinate the Vice President of the United States.

2004.

1 TV show
TV
Deadwood

Deadwood

6.17
2004
Most of the main characters in Deadwood are based on real people. Deadwood was a gold mining camp before it became a civilized town. The two real life characters are the focus of the story.

2003.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Tremors

Tremors

5.22
2003
There is a television show called Tremors: The Series. It aired in its proper sequence on the G4 Network after being aired out of order on theSci-fi Channel.
TV
The Lyon's Den

The Lyon's Den

2003
The Lyon's Den is a 2003 television series set in Washington, D.C. The legal drama starred Rob Lowe as a lawyer called Jack Turner, newly appointed as partner of a long-established law firm that, as t...
The Life of David Gale

The Life of David Gale

2003
A man against capital punishment is accused of murdering a fellow activist.

2002.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
TV
Monk

Monk

5.76
2002
Adrian Monk was once a rising star with the San Francisco Police Department, renowned for using unconventional means to solve the department's most baffling cases. After his wife's murder, he had an e...
Adaptation.

Adaptation.

5.67
2002
A lovelorn script writer is trying to adapt a book.

2001.

1 Movie · 4 TV shows
TV
Six Feet Under

Six Feet Under

6.14
2001
A group of people are being looked at. When death is your business, what is your life? For the Fisher family, the world outside of their family-owned funeral home continues to be at least as challengi...
TV
Star Trek: Enterprise

Star Trek: Enterprise

5.69
2001
The Earth-Romulan War and the formation of the Federation took place a century before Captain Kirk's five-year mission.
Joy Ride

Joy Ride

4
2001
Three young people on a road trip from Colorado to New Jersey talk to a truck driver on their CB radio, but when he turns out to be a psychotic killer, they have to escape.
TV
The Division

The Division

2001
The Division has Bonnie Bedelia in it. The San Francisco Police Department's women police officers were the focus of the series. The series ended on June 28, 2004.
TV
Crossing Jordan

Crossing Jordan

5.95
2001
Crossing Jordan is an American television crime/drama series that starsJill Hennessy as Jordan Cavanaugh, M.D., a crime-solving forensic pathologist employed in the Massachusetts Office of the Chief M...

2000.

2 TV shows
TV
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

6.83
2000
A team of forensic investigators in Las Vegas are trained to solve criminal cases by combing the crime scene, collecting irrefutable evidence and finding the missing pieces that solve the mystery.
TV
The Trouble with Normal

The Trouble with Normal

2000
An American comedy series that originally aired on ABC in October 2000. The show starred David Krumholtz, Brad Raider, Jon Cryer, Larry Joe Campbell, and Paget Brewster. The show was described as "the...

1999.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Mr. Murder

Mr. Murder

1999
Scientists are trying to create a perfect soldier. On the day a clone is born, a mystery novel writer feels something strange in his body and mind. Seven years after he first saw him, Marty discovered...
TV
The West Wing

The West Wing

5.66
1999
The West Wing gives a glimpse into presidential politics in the nation's capital, as it tells the stories of the members of a fictional presidential administration. The characters that are interesting...

1998.

1 TV show
TV
That '70s Show

That '70s Show

6.24
1998
Go back to a time when platform shoes and puka shells were the rage and play this hilarious retro-sitcom. A group of high school teens who spend most of their time hanging out in Eric's basement, life...

1997.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
Divided by Hate

Divided by Hate

1997
Carol took her children and left her husband when she became involved with Steve Riordan's anti-government movement. Louis, a young farmer, tries everything he can to get his children back. Danny Lela...
TV
Total Security

Total Security

1997
A high-tech security firm in Los Angeles is the setting for a world of espionage, threats, investigations, and surveillance.
Wounded

Wounded

1997
When a Fish and Wildlife Deptartment officer named Hanaghan killed her fiancée and fellow officer, she set out to find the killer and discover why the FBI is keeping its case secret from her. She is j...

1995.

1 TV show
TV
Murder One

Murder One

1995
A prestigious Los Angeles law firm has a highly-regarded defense attorney. After successfully defending wealthy but suspicious Richard Cross in a much-publicised murder trial, he is now involved in th...

1994.

1 Movie · 1 TV show
Bad Girls

Bad Girls

6.38
1994
Four former harlots are trying to leave the wild west for a better life in the north. Someone from the past will not allow that to happen.
TV
Thunder Alley

Thunder Alley

5
1994
Thunder Alley is an American sitcom which aired from March 9, 1994 to July 4, 1995 on ABC.

1993.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
The X-Files

The X-Files

6.08
1993
The exploits of FBI agents are not well known. Because he believes in the existence of aliens and the supernatural, Scully is assigned to make scientific analyses of Mulder's discoveries that debunk h...
Sliver

Sliver

2
1993
The previous tenant's life ended mysteriously after they fell from the balcony as the woman moved into the apartment.
TV
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

6.7
1993
A much more lavish version of the popular Superman television series which had first aired forty years earlier, Lois & Clark focused more on the Man of Steel's early adult years in Metropolis. With th...

1992.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Melrose Place

Melrose Place

6
1992
Melrose Place aired on Fox from July 8, 1992 to May 24, 1999 and lasted seven seasons. The lives of a group of young adults living in a brownstone apartment complex on Melrose Place in Los Angeles, Ca...
Sister Act

Sister Act

7
1992
A singer in Reno is put in a nunnery to protect her from the mob's hitmen after she witnessed a mob murder. The mother superior does not trust her and takes steps to limit her influence on the other n...
Twogether

Twogether

1992
An artist and an environmentalist go through an up and down relationship over the years. They get married in an early fling, she gets pregnant as they celebrate their divorce together, they deal with ...

1991.

2 TV shows
TV
Home Improvement

Home Improvement

7
1991
Tim Taylor is raising three boys with help from his domineering wife and unseen neighbor.
TV
Reasonable Doubts

Reasonable Doubts

1991
In the United States, NBC broadcasted Reasonable Doubts from 1991 to 1993.

1990.

2 Movies
The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson

The Court-Martial of Jackie Robinson

1990
The life of a baseball player who was court-martialed for insubordination is the subject of a film.
El Diablo

El Diablo

1990
Billy Ray Smith needs a bit of help when he tries to bring the student's abductor to justice. He doesn't have any cowboy skills of his own, so he hires a fast gunslinger and a no-nonsense cowboy to he...

1989.

2 Movies · 1 TV show
TV
Nasty Boys

Nasty Boys

1989
The Nasty Boys is a television action drama series based on the real life Narcotics Officers of the North Las Vegas Police Department.
Mothers, Daughters and Lovers

Mothers, Daughters and Lovers

1989
A single mother is raising her two teenage daughters in a small town.
In Country

In Country

1989
The girl's father died in Vietnam before she was born. Her uncle served in Vietnam. Vietnam vets Tom, Earl, and Pete all have problems that relate to their war experiences. She is obsessed with findin...

1988.

1 Movie
Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake

Perry Mason: The Case of the Lady in the Lake

1988
A man is accused of murdering his wife after she vanished.

1987.

1 Movie · 2 TV shows
TV
Jake and the Fatman

Jake and the Fatman

1987
Jake and the Fatman is a television crime drama starring William Conrad as prosecutor J. L. "Fatman" McCabe and Joe Penny as investigator Jake Styles. The series ran on CBS for five seasons from 1987...
TV
Tour of Duty

Tour of Duty

6
1987
There are trials in the US. The platoon was in the field during the Vietnam War.
Sweet Revenge

Sweet Revenge

1987
Nancy Allen plays an investigative reporter who is kidnapped by a white slave king after getting too close to her investigation. Now that she has escaped, she wants revenge on Ciero.

1986.

1 TV show
TV
Matlock

Matlock

6
1986
Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Produc...

1985.

1 TV show
TV
The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents

The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents

6.33
1985
The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents was an anthology series that aired on NBC from 1985 to 1986 and on the USA Network from 1987 to 1989. The series is a re-enactment of a movie.

1978.

1 Movie
The Seniors

The Seniors

1978
Four college seniors open a bogus sex clinic, which unexpectedly mushrooms into a multi-million dollar business. Featuring a young Dennis Quaid in one of his earliest roles and Alan Reed (the original...

1977.

1 Movie
Semi-Tough

Semi-Tough

1977
A three-way friendship between two free-spirited professional football players and the owner's daughter becomes compromised when two of them become romantically involved.

Unknown Year.

1 Movie
Injection

Injection

She enlisted the help of her scientist brother to figure out what was in the serum when it was delivered to her door. The results are very similar to what he has been doing for the past decade.
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