From The Christian Post - Christine Thomasos
After Cedric the Entertainer’s TV Land comedic series “The Soul Man” broke records during its world premiere last week, the show’s veteran actor John Beasley opened up to The Christian Post about his journey of faith leading him to his role as a retired minister on the show.
The new series, which serves as an unconventional brand of Christian comedy, managed to attract 1.9 million viewers to its premiere last Wednesday. Despite being TV Land’s newest original sitcom, the network revealed that “The Soul Man” was its second-highest rated series premiere among adults 25-54.
While Beasley plays retired reverend Barton Ballentine on the show, the actor credits his faith in God for helping him land a part on the series.
“I think this project has strengthened my faith in God, this has been another blessing in my journey,” Beasley told The Christian Post. “We don’t preach but it’s a comedy based around a church setting, it’s just the blessing of being able to do what I am.”
Although the 69-year-old actor has appeared in over 38 films along with popular television shows such as “Everwood” and “CSI” over the years, Beasley did not begin acting until he had reached his mid-40s. The actor, an Omaha, Neb., native, wanted to see his two children complete their college education before dealing with the stressful demands of embarking on a full-time acting career.