Today we welcomed Adam Beach to Breakfast Television. I enjoyed him on Law and Order: SVU. He’s been in 60 TV and movies including Flags of our Fathers and Windtalkers. He’s a handsome man, but I didn’t know much about his background. He grew up on a reserve in Manitoba. At an early age, he lost his mother to a drunk driver. Shortly after his alcoholic father drowned. He and his two brothers were raised by a couple of family members. Something he said struck me…Ryan asked him about how he overcame such tragedy to find such success. I loved his answer. He said he was dealt “a pretty crappy set of cards”…so he said he just had to “reshuffle the deck.” He credits his culture for helping to do that.
He’s now working on building an acting school for aboriginal youth. He is now set to inspire. Beach is here in Edmonton promoting his new movie “Path of Souls. It will be airing at the Dreamspeakers festival.