Topics: Jim Beaver - Wikipedia
Beaver was born in Laramie, Wyoming , the son of Dorothy Adell ( née Crawford) and James Norman Beaver, Sr. (1924–2004), a minister.  His father was of English and French heritage; the family name was originally de Beauvoir, and Beaver is a distant cousin of author and philosopher Simone de Beauvoir and Pennsylvania governor General James A. Beaver.  Beaver's mother has Cherokee , German , and Scottish ancestry, and is a descendant of three-time U.S. Attorney General John J. Crittenden. 
The 1988 Writers Guild of America strike fundamentally altered the freelance television writing market, and Beaver's television writing career came to an abrupt halt. However, a chance meeting led to his being cast as the best friend of star Bruce Willis in Norman Jewison 's drama about Vietnam veterans, In Country , and his acting career suddenly took up the slack where his television writing career had faltered. (Beaver was the only actual Vietnam veteran among the principal cast of In Country.)
Subsequently, he has appeared in many popular films, including Sister Act , Sliver , Bad Girls , Adaptation. , Magnolia and The Life of David Gale . He starred in the television series Thunder Alley as the comic sidekick to Ed Asner , and as homicide cop Earl Gaddis on Reasonable Doubts . He was also French Stewart 's sullen boss Happy Doug on the sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun .