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[John Beasley] [John Beasley]

John Beasley

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Beginning his acting career at the age of 45, John Beasley has made up for lost time by starring in numerous stage, film and television productions and comes to The WB for the first time as the warm-hearted bus driver Irv Harper on the Monday night drama "Everwood."

Born and raised in Omaha, Neb., Beasley spent the first 44 years of his life out of the acting limelight. A family man who enjoyed performing in local theater productions, Beasley worked as a Union Pacific railroad clerk for seven years before he decided to pursue acting as a full-time career.

It wasn't long before Beasley found himself commuting from Omaha to appear on stage in such productions as "Boys Next Door" at Minneapolis' Mixed Blood Theatre and "Two Trains Running" at Chicago's Goodman Theatre. In his first year, Beasley's dream came true when he was cast alongside Oprah Winfrey in the television series "Brewster Place" and his career took off. His additional television credits include recurring roles on "C.S.I.," "Millenium," "The Pretender," "Early Edition" and "EZ Streets," as well as guest-starring roles on "Judging Amy" and "The Untouchables," starring fellow "Everwood" actor Tom Amandes.

Beasley's feature film credits include "The Gift," "The General's Daughter," "Crazy in Alabama," "Rudy," "Losing Isaiah," "The Mighty Ducks" and "Untamed Heart." Most recently, he appeared in the suspense thriller "The Sum of all Fears," co-starring Ben Affleck and Morgan Freeman. Of all his projects, Beasley is most proud of his spiritual role as Brother Charles Blackwell in "The Apostle," in which he starred with and acted as a mentor to Robert Duvall's character. In real life, the roles are reversed as Beasley considers Duvall to be his acting mentor.

Still living in his hometown of Omaha, Beasley enjoys teaching and directing at his newly established theater, The John Beasley Workshop at Center Stage. He also keeps busy with junior golf and tennis programs and fundraisers for the American Heart Association. He and his wife have been married for 37 years and have two grown sons who are aspiring actors.

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