Actor Chris Beetem was born Christopher Lapinski on August 8, 1969 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is a graduate of Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. He began his acting career with a role in General Hospital, being cast as the temporary replacement for the character Nikolas Cassadine.
In 1998, Chris Beetem landed his first film role, appearing in the Hallmark TV production Grace & Glorie. The drama enabled him to work alongside Diane Lane, Gena Rowlands, Carrie Preston, Emmy Rossum and Michael Emerson. Beetem next worked on the series Dateline, appearing in three episodes in 2000. This was followed by an appearance on the Law & Order: Special Victims Unit episode “Consent.” In 2001, he starred in a major blockbuster film, Black Hawk Down. Beetem got the part of Joyce, acting opposite Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana, and William Fichtner. From 2004 to 2005, Beetem was seen as Jordan Sinclair in the soap opera As the World Turns. He later landed a recurring role on JAG, before being cast in the 2005 production A Perfect Match. After landing a guest spot on the series CSI: Miami, he got the role of Tate Harmon on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Beetem’s next performance was in the series Cashmere Mafia, playing Sam Morgan in 2008. That year, he was given the role of Dr. Ethan Copeland in the hit series One Tree Hill. Later on, Beetem worked on the TV crime drama The Verdict, with Madchen Amick and Christian Campbell.
Chris Beetem’s talents also reach far beyond the screen. He has been known for his skills in cooking, which he acquired from Northern Italian chefs. Among his favorite dishes is simple penne with a cream sauce. His other interests include theoretical physics and quantum mechanics, as well as playing the electric bass guitar. Beetem is also fond of reading, writing, and playing basketball.