Adam Beach is a Canadian Native American actor. He was born on November 11th, 1972 in Ashern, Manitoba. He grew up on the Dog Creek First Nations Reservation on Lake Manitoba with his mother, his father, and his two brothers. He had an extremely difficult childhood. His father was an alcoholic. When he was only eight years old, his mother was killed in an accident while she was eight months pregnant. Just a few weeks later, his father drowned. It was never determined whether it was an accident or a suicide. After that, he spent a few years with grandmother in Winnipeg, before moving in with his aunt and uncle for the remainder of his youth.
Despite these difficult beginnings, Beach was still able to move on and make a successful career for himself. His first brush with show business was at a very young age. When he was only 18years old, he appeared in a small role on the miniseries Lost in the Barrens. Following that, he continued to have small bit parts in a number of television shows. Then, throughout the 1990s, he appeared in a number of films and television series. However, a breakthrough for Beach occurred when he was included in the cast of Windtalkers alongside Nicolas Cage and Christian Slater in 2002. Windtalkers is a film set during the Second World War about Navajo code talkers. To prepare for the role, Beach actually studied and learned the Navajo language in order to have a more authentic performance.
After this film, Beach was able to use his knowledge of the Navajo language in another feature film, Skinwalkers. In 2006, he appeared in Clint Eastwood’s film Flags of our Fathers, about the battle of Iwo Jima. This was an emotional time for Beach, as both his grandmother and his best friend passed away during filming. Since then, he has portrayed Charles Eastman in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and HBO drama about the period leading up to the Wounded Knee Massacre. In 2010, it was announced that he will star as Canadian war hero Tommy Prince in an upcoming film about his life.