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Michael Taliferro
Born August 23, 1961
Fort Worth, Texas, U.S.A.
Died May 4, 2006 (aged 45)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Spouse(s) Cathey L. Tyree

Michael Taliferro (August 23, 1961 – May 4, 2006) was an American film and television actor, sportsman and a singer.




Personal life

Taliferro, an African-American, was born in Brooksville, Florida. He has an older brother, James Waldon Taliferro (b. 1961) and two sisters, Olga and Cheryl Taliferro. Taliferro attended Texas Christian University. Taliferro never married but was engaged Cathey L. Tyree and had four children: Antonio, Miya, Milik, and Brandon. He was nicknamed as Bear. Taliferro's beliefs were in Christianity and went to a Christian school.[1]

Taliferro died on May 4, 2006, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 45. He suffered from a fatal stroke. He was interred at Spring Hill Cemetery in Brooksville,Florida.[2]


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 an '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 was known for doing roles in films like Bad Boys, Life, Half Past Dead, Ride or Die and Blue Hill Avenue.


Year Film Role Other notes
2007 A Day in the Life Brian Smith
Ascension Day Crixus
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
1998 Armageddon Roughneck #2 Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro
1996 A Thin Line Between Love and Hate Club Security #1
1995 Bad Boys Black Carjacker
1994 Witch Hunt Zombie Television
Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro
1993 Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Security Guard Credited as Michael "Bear" Taliferro
Year Title Role Notes
2002 The Parkers Kyle 1 episode
2000 Arli$$ Otis 1 episode
1997 Martin Hammer 2 episodes
1996 The Jamie Foxx Show Wide Clyde 3 episodes
The Drew Carey Show Delivery Man #1 1 episode


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