Adam Beach

Adam Beach

His role in 'Smoke Signals' (1998)
Adam Beach was born a Saulteaux Indian (part of the Ojibwa Nation) and lived on the Dog Creek Indian Reservation in Manitoba until the death of his parents when he was eight years old. His first love was music and for a short time he played in a heavy metal band. Acting quickly became his professional choice when he got a small part in a Graham Greene TV movie, Lost in the Barrens (1990). His big break came when he earned the lead in Disney's Squanto: A Warrior's Tale (1994). He played the part of Victor Joseph in Chris Eyre's Smoke Signals (1998), a film that won the Audience Award and Filmmakers Trophy at the Sundance Film Festival. Beach costarred with Nicolas Cage in 2002's Windtalkers, about the World War II Navajo code talkers. He plays the role of Jim Chee in PBS's productions of Tony Hillerman's novels, Skinwalkers (2002), Coyote Waits (2003), and A Thief of Time (2003).Source:
Well to me growing, up I've had my own psychological war with my parents dying at such a young age. My mother was killed by a drunk driver, then two months later my father drowned. He was out with his friends drinking and on medication for depression, and he didn't come out of the water alive. Growing up with sexual abuse and having to be in gangs and dealing with my own trauma; finding the cultural identity when I was 16, and learning those traditional ways saved me from hurting myself.More Adam Beach quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Heiland ran a nice route, and that ball was perfect. It was a beautiful thing to watch.More Adam Beach quotes [04/05/2006 12:04:00]
We went into this game knowing that Scott's a great player. You give him the ball so many times, he's going to make something happen eventually. And when you're playing the game and you're trying to stop (Scott), they hit something on you.More Adam Beach quotes [04/05/2006 12:04:00]
I have to give them a lot of credit that they deserve. They came out and executed, and that's what the game came down to. They got after it, they got off the ball, and they made us pay in the open field with a few missed tackles.More Adam Beach quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Those traumas when it comes to the historical past generation to generation; our children, our grandchildren, our future grandchildren learn these behaviors. We have to know that they exist and we have to take care of those traumas and learn to heal from them. This movie shows that perspective from Scott's character, and I love it. It shows the American Indians as the ones who respect and help out when people are needed. It's a nice little twist.More Adam Beach quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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