John Beck

Born Jan 28, 1943

John Beck is an American actor. He grew up in Joliet, Illinois. Renowned as a gritty actor with plenty of presence on set, he is ultimately best-known worldwide for playing the role of Mark Graison in Dallas during the mid-1980s, but is also well-known for several other roles in which he specialised in playing hard-ball businessmen.… Read More

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1943 Birth Born on January 28, 1943.


1962 19 Years Old He moved to California in 1962 at the age of nineteen and made his living by appearing in television commercials.


1963 20 Years Old In 1963/1964, he attended Joliet Junior College and was in an acting class.
1965 22 Years Old A year later, he made his first television appearance as an actor in his own right in a 1965 episode of NBC's I Dream of Jeannie (entitled 'Russian Roulette') at the age of twenty-one.
1971 28 Years Old Beck had a regular supporting role as Ketcham in the weekly Nichols (TV series) also known as James Garner as Nichols which ran for one season on NBC from 1971 to 1972. … Read More


1973 30 Years Old Already a household name in the United States by this point, Beck first came to the attention of international audiences in 1973 when he played an underground leader named Erno who leads a revolt against a fascist government in the Woody Allen sci-fi comedy Sleeper.
1975 32 Years Old That same year, he appeared as "John W. Poe" in the Sam Peckinpah western Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid, and in 1975, he appeared opposite James Caan as "Moonpie" in the original Rollerball.
1977 34 Years Old In the film The Other Side of Midnight in 1977, Beck played the male lead. … Read More


1983 40 Years Old After over fifteen years of being cast in supporting roles and bit-parts in various American drama and comedy series and low-budget films, he finally landed his first major starring role playing Sam Curtis in the early 1980s television soap opera Flamingo Road, followed by the role of Mark Graison on Dallas (his best-known role) from 1983 to 1986.
1984 41 Years Old Although his character was killed off in 1984, he later returned after having faked his death to seek an alternative cure for a disease he was suffering from. … Read More


1994 51 Years Old Beck also guest-starred as the character Raymond Boone in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine extended episode "Tribunal" in 1994. … Read More
1997 54 Years Old His increasingly hectic workload between the early 1970s and the mid-1990s wore Beck down to the extent that after leaving the Walker: Texas Ranger series in 1997, he began to wind down his acting schedule due to "exhaustion".


2005 62 Years Old Still a favourite of American critics, Beck's last appearance on screen to date was in the 2005 television movie Crash Landing. … Read More
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