Adam Beach (born November 11, 1972) is a Saulteaux First Nations actor. He is best known for his roles as Victor in Smoke Signals, Tommy in Walker, Texas Ranger, Kickin' Wing in Joe Dirt, Marine Private First Class Ira Hayes in Flags of Our Fathers, Private Ben Yahzee in Windtalkers, Dr. Charles Eastman (Ohiyesa) in Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Chester Lake in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, and Officer Jim Chee in the film adaptations of Skinwalkers, Coyote Waits, and A Thief of Time. He is currently starring in Arctic Air. Wikipedia
Accepted the "Rising Star Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, January 2007.
Has 3 children; Noah (born in 1996), Luke (born in 1998) and Phoenix (born in 2008).
Spends a lot of time doing speaking engagements all over North America, particularly with Native American and First Nation youth.
Resides in Ottawa, Canada
Lost both his parents in separate accidents, only months apart, when he was 8 years old.
Spent six months learning the Navajo language for his role in Windtalkers (2002).
Member of the Ojibwa Nation (Native American)
Is a Saulteaux Indian from Manitoba, Canada, one of three North American Indian tribesmen who appeared prominently in Windtalkers (2002).
We're not going anywhere. We are never going to give up our sovereignty. We will always advance and we will always rise above any conflict.
I feel I will always have that spirit bear with me, so I will always feel protected.
[on First Nations people in Canada, and their treaty rights] I'm asking what is anybody doing right now to propel anything? All they are after is how we get that land that the Indians have by using our power to take away our rights. You can't propel a nation to move forward if all you are doing is taking something from them.
[on his role in Arctic Air (2012)] I do a lot of inspirational talks for kids, to motivate them to change their lives and give them hope. And I found that this character shares a lot of those qualities. A lot of the communities I connect to get their inspiration from television and YouTube. I felt that this character could reach out to them and really connect. He's a character who's struggling with himself. He's trying to get back in touch with the person he once was.
Some people look for a certain structure in their lives that they're comfortable with. People who work hard on the road as truckers, people who work hard using their hands. Then there are people who are fortunate enough to have my life, people who play these characters who embody these qualities.