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

Michael Taliferro
BornAugust 23, 1961
DiedMay 4, 2006 (aged 44)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Partner(s)Cathey L. Tyree



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 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 , You Got Served, and Blue Hill Avenue.

Personal lifeEdit

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 Christian school.[1]

Taliferro died on May 4, 2006, in Los Angeles, California at the age of 44. He suffered from a fatal stroke. He was interred at Spring Hill Cemetery in Brooksville, Florida.


Year Film Role Other notes
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
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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