Michael Beck

MICHAEL BECK / BIOGRAPHY

Michael Beck was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised on a cotton and soybean farm in the Mississippi River delta land of northeastern Arkansas. He attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi on a football scholarship, where in his junior year, he accepted a dare to try out for a production of Romeo and Juliet. Winning the role of Tybalt set Michael on the path of a stage, film and television career that has spanned over forty years.

Michael went from Mississippi to London where he trained at the Central School of Speech and Drama. After drama school he worked in various repertory theater companies throughout the United Kingdom, playing everything from a defecting Russian ballet dancer in a slapstick farce to Jesse James in a rock musical based on the James-Younger gang. Michael returned stateside in 1976 and made his home in New York City for the next five years.

Soon after arriving in New York, he landed the lead role in the independent film, Madman. Next he performed in the critically acclaimed mini-series, Holocaust, followed by Michael’s breakthrough role of Swan in the cult classic, The Warriors. He then starred opposite Olivia Newton-John and Gene Kelly in the musical-fantasy, Xanadu. Michael’s feature films include Triumphs of a Man Called Horse, Megaforce, The Golden Seal and Forest Warrior.
Michael has starred in over twenty-five films, television movies and miniseries including Celebrity, Sam Houston: Gone to Texas, Rearview Mirror and Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story. He starred as good ole boy, Levon Lundy in the CBS prime time series, Houston Knights. Beck has guest starred in such shows as In the Heat of the Night, Murder, She Wrote, Walker, Texas Ranger, Babylon 5, Nash Bridges and JAG to name a few.

Michael’s theatrical highpoint came when he played opposite Lauren Bacall in the London production of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth at the Haymarket Theatre. Renowned playwright, Harold Pinter, directed the production.
For over two decades, Michael has performed the audio versions of best-selling novelist, John Grisham’s books: A Time to Kill, The Chamber, The Runaway Jury, The Rainmaker, The Partner, The Street Lawyer, The Brethren, The Summons, The King of Torts, The Broker and Sycamore Row. He also has recorded audio versions of books by best-selling authors, Michael Connelly and Tony Horwitz, as well as the unabridged version of former President Bill Clinton’s My Life.

Michael’s most recent film is the soon to-be-released indie, The Grace of Jake, set in the Arkansas delta of his youth.
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