John Beck as "Moonpie" in the dystopian 1975 sports science fiction action film drama "Rollerball".
|Born:||January 28, 1943|
|Birthplace:||Chicago, Illinois, U.S.|
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|Appeared as:||Mark Graison, in 67 episodes in Seasons 6-8|
John Beck (born January 28, 1943) played the recurring part of Barnes-Wentworth Oil corparate partner Mark Graison on the CBS-TV series Dallas in a total of 67 episodes from Season 6 through Season 8, which is now referred to as the notorious "dream season" where all of the events, which included the divorce and death of Bobby Ewing, and the courtship and planned wedding of Pamela Barnes Ewing and Graison, was all just a nightmare of Pam's, as Patrick Duffy returned to reprise his role as Bobby at the beginning of Season 9. Reared in Joliet, Illinois, Having become widely known worldwide for his role of Mark Graison in CBS's Dallas series during the middle 1980s. He often has portrayed hard-ball businessmen.
Also a talented voice actor in addition to being a bankable lead actor, Beck voiced the Punisher in the 1990s animated series, Spider-Man: The Animated Series, and played Mark Graison on the original Dallas TV series. John's character was the highest-profile of those that fell victim to the infamous "it was all a dream" solution to bringing Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) back from the dead.
After over 15 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 NBC-TV soap opera Flamingo Road, followed by the role of Mark Graison on Dallas (his best-known role) from 1983 to 1986. Although his character was initially killed off in 1984, he later returned after having faked his death to seek an alternative cure for a disease he was suffering from. However, in 1986, former star Patrick Duffy was asked to return to Dallas. To accommodate this, the producers made the entire 1985-86 season a dream of Pam Ewing's. As a result, Beck's character was written out of the show as if he had never actually returned from the dead.