Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Happy 65th Birthday Michael Beck

John Michael Beck Taylor was born on February 2, 1949 in Memphis, Tennessee. He attended Memphis University School and then Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a degree in Economics. He was one of 30 (out of 2,500) applicants chosen for London's Central School of Speech and Drama. Michael's stage credits, beginning with college, include: “Camelot” and “Cat On a Hot Tin Roof”. Known as Michael Beck he’s remembered predominantly for his roles as ‘Swan’ in the action film “The Warriors” (1979), ‘Sonny Malone’ in “Xanadu” (1980), ‘Lieutenant-Commander Dallas’ in “Megaforce” (1982), and as ‘Koda in his only Euro-western “Triumphs of a Man Called Horse” (1982). More recently, Beck starred in such television shows ‘JAG’, ‘Robin's Hoods’, ‘Walker Texas Ranger’, ‘In the Heat of the Night’ (TV Series), and as the Mars-born terrorist-turned-cyborg assassin Abel Horn in the science fiction TV series ‘Babylon 5’ 1994 episode "Spider in the Web", and as Mr. Jones in the spinoff series ‘Crusade’ (episode The Well of Forever). He appeared in only one Euro-western; “Triumphs of a Man Called Horse” (1982) as Koda.
Michael has narrated numerous audiobooks of John Grisham's novels. He has also narrated Confederates in the Attic by Tony Horwitz; A Darkness More Than Light by Michael Connelly; State of the Union by David Callahan; and the unabridged version of Bill Clinton's My Life. He also lent his voice to the popular video game adaptation of The Warriors (2005).
Today we celebrate Michael Beck’s 65th birthday.