Actor John Beasley, who appeared on popular television series like Everwood and The Soul Man and in several iconic motion pictures, has passed away at 79.
On Tuesday, Beasley’s son, actor Michael Beasley shared the news of his father’s demise on Facebook.
After having liver testing due to his health problems, Beasley passed away at an Omaha, Nebraska hospital. The illness he had took an unexpected turn on Tuesday taking the star’s life away.
In an interview, Beasley claimed that his love and passion for acting began due to his early involvement in theater.
While he began working as a train clerk at Union Pacific for seven years, he was hoping for a better career in the entertainment industry.
Let’s look more closely at the Everwood and The Soul Man actor and learn more about his personal and professional life.
Who Was John Beasley?
John Beasley is an American actor who had performed in the movies such as Rudy, The Sum of All Fears, Walking Tall, The General’s Daughter, and Sinister 2.
These roles in several movies and TV shows have made him the most well-known actor in the industry. John Beasley has been active in the American entertainment industry and theater since 1989.
In 2002, Beasley opened Beasley Theater & Workshop in Omaha, Nebraska, to promote live theater, especially works by or starring African-Americans.
John Beasly: Early Life
John Beasley was born to Grace Virginia Triplett and John Wilfred Beasley on June 26, 1943.
The American actor and founder of a theater lived next door to athlete Bob Gibson, Gale Sayers, Roger Sayers, Marlin Briscoe, and Bob Boozer.
Beasley’s father, an electrician, relocated to Chicago, Illinois, after separating from Beasley’s mother.
His maternal grandfather found brick chili for Cuttahee Packing House. He grew up near the Ritz Theater and the Hotel Callahan at 24th and Lake.
In addition to playing football, Beasley was well-liked at Omaha Technical High School. From 1964 to 1968, he studied at the University of Omaha.
John Beasley: Career
John Beasley relocated to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, after beginning his career at WFIL-TV in the mailroom, he was promoted to assistant producer for the regional kid’s show The World Around Us.
If you are an #Everwood fan we lost our papa "Irv Harper" aka John Beasley ..my thoughts and prayers goes out to his family including his grandson Malik who plays for #Lakers,his #Everwood family, friends and fans. pic.twitter.com/IEGiIt2RGC— Candice (@Candypooh) May 31, 2023
His acting interest initially began with a modest role in As You Like It at the Germantown Theatre. He occasionally attended classes, researched, and worked as Don Cheadle’s intern in Minnesota.
Before committing to acting full-time, Beasley spent seven years working as a clerk for Union Pacific Railroad.
Beasley was cast in early Chicago shows of August Wilson at the Goodman Theater. He got his big break when he was cast as the male lead in Brewster Place, a TV series that starred Oprah Winfrey but didn’t last long.
From that point on, his career took off. The actor has appeared in several American movies and TV shows since then.
John Beasley Wife, Family & Personal Life
John Beasley and his wife Judy have been together for almost 40 years, and the couple has two children who want to be actors.
Malik Beasley, one of Beasley’s grandsons, is an NBA player with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Beasley found pleasure in teaching and directing in his theater. He also participated in junior tennis and gold programs as well as American Heart Association fundraising events.
John Beasley Net Worth
John Beasley, the actor who died on Tuesday, is supposed to have an estimated net worth of more than $19 million.
His primary source of wealth is from the acting career he chose for him. John Beasley was living with his family in his hometown Omaha, Nebraska, until his death.
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