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Jim Beaver starred as the gruff-but-tender prospector Ellsworth in the HBO hit series Deadwood, and also as the beloved demon hunter Bobby Singer on Supernatural.
Beaver also played Sheriff Shelby Parlow in the FX series Justified, and most recently had a recurring role in the NBC series Timeless. Add the fact he also popped into Breaking Bad as the gun dealer Lawson, and you realize Beaver is one of Hollywood’s busiest character actors, and the proud owner of nearly 200,000 Twitter followers.
Beaver previously starred as Sheriff Charlie Mills on Harper’s Island, and as “Uncle” Nick Vukovic on ABC’s Day Break.
Before that, Beaver starred as the quirky Vietnam Joe on HBO’s John from Cincinnati, while simultaneously playing Carter Reese in HBO’s Big Love.
A Vietnam veteran, Beaver first came to prominence as Bruce Willis’s best friend in Norman Jewison’s acclaimed film about Vietnam vets In Country, and appeared in such hit films as Magnolia, Joy Ride, Sister Act, Bad Girls, Sliver, Blue Chips, Geronimo, Turner and Hooch, Hollywood Shuffle, Silkwood, and Semi-Tough.
Other films include two Nicholas Cage movies, Next and Adaptation, and a starring role with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet in Sir Alan Parker’s The Life of David Gale.
From 1996 to 2002, he appeared as Father Tim Jansen on NBC’s popular Days of Our Lives, and played Det. Earl Gaddis on another NBC series, Reasonable Doubts. Beaver followed that up starring alongside Ed Asner in the comedy Thunder Alley.
Beaver’s guest roles include shows like Dexter, Lie to Me, The Mentalist, CSI, The West Wing, NYPD Blue, The X-Files, Criminal Minds, Six Feet Under, Star Trek: Enterprise, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Matlock, and Jake and the Fatman.
In addition to his acting, Beaver also is a nationally recognized playwright, and the author of two books of film history: John Garfield and Movie Blockbusters. He’s working on a third book about the life and mysterious death of television’s original Superman, George Reeves.
For television, Beaver has written episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Tour of Duty and Vietnam War Story, among others, and has twice been nominated for a Cable Ace award.
Beaver as a film critic and columnist for Films In Review magazine for nearly a decade, and his video essays on film appear in the online Beaver’s Lodge.
His book, Life’s That Way – a memoir about his wife’s battle against cancer – was published to widespread critical acclaim.
A U.S. Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam and a former chairman of the board of Theatre West in Los Angeles, Beaver is a Cherokee-German native of Laramie, Wyoming, who was raised in Irving, Texas. He was married to Cecily Adams, daughter of Get Smart star Don Adams, from 1989 until her death in 2004.
He lives in Los Angeles with their daughter, Madeline.