|Born||August 23, 1961
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.
|Died||May 4, 2006 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Partner(s)||Cathey L. Tyree|
Michael Taliferro (August 23, 1961 – May 4, 2006) was an American film and television actor, sportsman and singer.
Known for his intimidating stature, Taliferro was signed by the Washington Redskins in 1984, followed by two seasons in the USFL with the Denver Gold in 1985 and the Arizona Outlaws in 1986, finishing his career with the British Columbia Lions in the Canadian Football League the following year.
His first film appearance was in the film Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit in 1993 playing the role of a 'security guard', he had also made appearances in films like Armageddon, Life which starred Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, and Half Past Dead; in 2006, he had completed his appearance Crime/Drama film A Day in the Life, later he had died of a stroke in May. Taliferro also directed a film called Steppin: The Movie which was completed in 2007. Bear (see Filmography) was best known for his roles in the films Bad Boys, Life, Half Past Dead, Ride or Die and Blue Hill Avenue.
Taliferro was born in Fort Worth, Texas. He has an older brother, James Waldon Taliferro (b. 1961) and three sisters, Olga, Cheryl, and Kiara Taliferro. Taliferro attended Texas Christian University. Taliferro never married but was engaged to Cathey L. Tyree and had four children: Antonio, Miya, Milik, and Brandon. Taliferro was a Christian and went to a religious school.
|2004||You Got Served||Emerald||Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro|
|2003||Ride or Die||B Free|
|Rude Boy: The Jamaican Don||Biggs|
|2002||Half Past Dead||Little Joe||Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro|
|2001||Blue Hill Avenue||Simon||Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro|
|2000||The Replacements||André Jackson||Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro|
|1999||Life||Goldmouth||Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro|
|1996||A Thin Line Between Love and Hate||Club Security #1|
|1995||Bad Boys||Black Carjacker|
Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro
|1993||Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit||Security Guard||Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro|
|2002||The Parkers||Kyle||1 episode|
|1996||The Jamie Foxx Show||Wide Clyde||3 episodes|
|The Drew Carey Show||Delivery Man #1||1 episode|