Favorite First Nation (Native American) Actors/Actresses in the Entertainment Industry Past and Present.
Saginaw is the Hereditary Chief and a respected member of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations. In 1936, Saginaw Morgan Grant was born to Sarah and Austin Grant Sr. at Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He was raised on a farm in Cushing, Oklahoma with two brothers and one sister...
“ (Sac-n-Fox,Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations) The quintessential Elder in Hollywood films. Traditional dancer, motivational speaker, and tribe elder. Played Chief Big Bear in The Lone Ranger. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ A Native American actor of the Creek Nation, Sampson's "big break" came from his memorable role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart
film Key Largo
“ (Mohawk) The original Renaissance Native American. Known for boxing his way to Madison Square Garden and his excellent command of sports, languages, and roles. The original Tonto during the golden age of Hollywood. Deserved to be a leading man not a side kick. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination...
“ Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his candidacy for the party's presidential nomination... ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ The Quintessential Spiritual Elder. A man of great spirit, music, and humility. A man of the people. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Chief Dan George
Chief Dan George played old Moses Paul in 'Spirit of the Wind', a film made in 1979 by John Logue and Ralph Liddle that was never released in the US until recently. Chief Dan George's maturity as an actor in this film, his last, playing a scruffy, venerable trainer of sled-dogs, provided an aura of authenticity to the strenuous efforts of first-time actor Pius Savage to play George Attla...
“ Chief Dan George was born with the names Geswanouth Slahoot (which was anglicized as Dan Slaholt) to a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve No. 3 in North Vancouver. His last name was changed to George when he entered a mission boarding school at the age of 5, where the use of his native language was discouraged and forbidden. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was portrayed by Burt Lancaster in the film Jim Thorpe -- All-American
“ Another original Renaissance Native American Icon. Olympic Great, Baseball player, Football legend. Appeared in 69 movies during his lifetime. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention of the public in Dances with Wolves
“ (Cherokee Nation) - Amazing depth. There is no Hollywood Native American film you do not see this actor in. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
The middle of five children, Bratt hails from a close-knit family. His mother, a Peruvian Indian from Lima, moved to the U.S. at age 14. He grew up in San Francisco.
“ (Quechua Nation) - An Awesome and Emotional Actor. Known for his work with alternative beauty Sandra Bullock in "Miss Congeniality" ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Adam Beach was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to live with their grandmother and then with their uncle and aunt in Winnipeg, where Adam joined drama classes and began acting in local theatre productions...
“ Anishinabe (Saulteaux) Nation - He speaks well and from the heart. Great emotional depths. It is good to see someone with charisma and humility leading the charge for the First Nation's people on TV. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ (Oneida) born in Ohsweken on the Six Nations Reserve in Ontario. Nominated for Academy Award Best Supporting Actor for Dances with Wolves. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Highly recognizable Native American actor, stuntman and singer who is equally capable of portraying cold-hearted villains on the one hand and warm-hearted, open "good guys" on the other, as evidenced by his huge grin and hearty laugh. The solidly built 6' 3" Richmond has regularly played the bad guy on-screen...
“ (Aleutian Nation) - Often seen hanging next to Lorenzo Lamas in Renegade or Chuck Norris in the western Texas Ranger TV Series. This Bounty Hunter could have easily had his own TV Series as the Native Americans were the first Special Forces and teachers of tracking to the American Military. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ (Comanche Nation) - I'm glad they let the Twilight Character at least have a real Native dad. Good actor - extremely underrated. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for armed robbery and drug offenses...
“ (Yaqui Nation) - Amazingly busy yet underrated actor. Best part of a lot of movies. It's good when an actor doesn't look like an actor! ” - nativeamericannationfilm
John Trudell was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Santee Sioux father and Mexican Indian mother. After a stint in the Navy (and Vietnam) from 1963 to 1969, he became involved with the American Indian Movement, becoming National Chairman in 1973. He held that position until 1979; it was then that his wife Tina...
“ (Lakota Nation) - A multiple talent as a poet, a leader, an activist, a warrior, singer and musician. Amazingly underrated, amazingly talented and his personal story is one of great value. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Steve was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. Son of Curley and Lila Reevis, he is the 4th of 6 siblings. He graduated from Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a degree in arts. After junior college, he left the reservation in Montana to try to begin an acting career in Los Angeles...
“ Steve was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. Son of Curley and Lila Reevis, he is the 4th of 6 siblings. He graduated from Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a degree in arts. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Rodney A. Grant
Native American actor, Rodney Arnold Grant was born the 9th of March, 1959. After his biological parents abandoned him, his grandparents raised him from 6 months of age, up until 1982. Rodney has three daughters, two of which reside with their mother. He is now married to Lee-Anne, and they have a son...
“ Native American actor, Rodney Arnold Grant was born the 9th of March, 1959. After his biological parents abandoned him, his grandparents raised him from 6 months of age, up until 1982. Rodney has three daughters, two of which reside with their mother. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
When Chaske was young he dreamed of being a photographer, but before long he found himself in front of the camera pursuing an acting career. He moved to New York City and in between bar tending and waiting tables, he was cast in his very first off-off-Broadway play, Dracula, playing the title role....
“ (Lakota Sioux tribe) and raised on Indian Reservations in Montana and Idaho. Feature film SKINS, DREAMKEEPER, and Steven Spielberg’s INTO THE WEST. “Sam Uley” the alpha male leader of the werewolves, in the popular TWILIGHT SAGA film series NEW MOON, ECLIPSE, and BREAKING DAWN parts 1 and 2. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Alejandro "Alex" Meraz born January 10, 1985 is an American dancer, actor and martial artist. Meraz is best known for playing the werewolf named Paul Lahote in the film The Twilight Saga: New Moon
. Alex's first big film was The New World as one of the Powhatan core warriors, inspiring him to continue acting. Thereafter he was in the running for the film Apocalypto
but in the end was turned down...
“ (Tarascan Nation) - Multi-talented dancer, actor, and Twilight heart throb! ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ (Kañari Quichua & Mescalero Apache) Actor who has a similar personal story to John Trudell - Military veteran who lost his family and turned to art to cope. Endorsed by The Somaly Mam Foundation for his contributions towards rescue operations. First project he led "Red Cloud: Deliverance" about a Quechua Warrior Shaman won multiple awards on the Indie circuit. The Quechua are the largest population of Indigenous speakers at 11-14 million people. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ (Choctaw and Chickasaw) The Native American Hollywood leading lady. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ (Lakota Nation) One of the Brothers. Great seeing them in action together. ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and resides in Montana he has five brothers, one sister and is Lakota Sioux Tribe. His first role was in the film "Dances With Wolves" as Otter. Michael went onto appear in "Skins", "Into The West", "Yellow Rock", guest role on "Longmire" and in Cyril Morin's "The Activist" He has an APA Award for best subject matter in a film...
“ (Lakota Nation) ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Raoul Max Trujillo
Raoul Max Trujillo, aka Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He is a mixed blood descendant of Apache,Comanche, Pueblo, Tlascalan, French-Canadian, Sephardic Jew and Andalusian Moor. After high school, he spent three years serving in the military in Germany. After his discharge...
“ Apache & Ute Nations ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Rudy Youngblood is Native American of Comanche and Cree decent. Growing up, he never called one place home, but went to school and graduated in the small town of Belton,Texas. He is proud of his roots. Prior to making his on-screen debut in Mel Gibson's Oscar nominated film, "Apocalypto"(2006), Youngblood worked as a laborer in a variety of fields...
“ (Comanche, Cree & Yaqui Nations) Amazing in Mel Gibson's "Apocalypto" ” - nativeamericannationfilm
A native Oklahoman and graduate of UCLA, Kimberly enjoys a career in entertainment as an actor, writer and director and also works with tribal communities throughout North America as a public speaker and advocate promoting both personal and community development. Though she has several film and television credits to her name...
“ Colville, Salish-Kootenai, & Cherokee Nations ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Canadian born, Shauna Baker was raised by her Dené Grandmother on a reservation in northern Canada. Shauna was extensively involved in business before her entertainment career began. Despite her success in the corporate world, she instinctively knew she was not following her dreams. Shauna started modeling, then moved to hosting and then fell in love with the dramatic arts...
“ Carrier Dene Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Metis Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, November 8th (year undisclosed) Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress. In only her 8th outing as an actress she was nominated for a Gemini Award for her role in the television film Moccasin Flats: Redemption. Her mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn, is a former model and a political activist for the Kahnawake First Nation...
“ Mohawk Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
At fourteen years old, Q'orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actresses with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick's 'The New World', an epic about the encounter between English and North American societies in the early 1600s. Her performance...
“ Quechua & Huachipaeri Nations ” - nativeamericannationfilm
He is the son of former Yukon premier Anthony David John Penikett (Tony). A graduate of the Victoria Motion picture school, Tahmoh also studied at the Lyric School of Acting in Vancouver. Tahmoh and his family (his father, and his twin sisters Sarah and Stephanie) make their home in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“ Upper Tanana Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Seneca Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ White Mountain Apache & Navajo Nations ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Crow Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Karina Lombard is an actor, screenwriter and director. She is known for memorable roles in both film and television and has costarred opposite some of the biggest box office stars in the world. Lombard began her career as a model after having been discovered in New York by famed photographer Bruce Weber...
“ Lakota Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Roseanne Supernault is a Vancouver based actress originally from East Prairie Metis Settlement. Recognizable from the APTN hit TV Series, "Blackstone," where her haunting performance has garnered her several accolades to date; the historical, pre-contact epic, "Maina," where she plays the title character...
“ Cree & Metis Nations ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Anishinabe (Ojibway) & Cree Nations ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Kyle Nobess was born and raised in Winnipeg Manitoba Canada. A credited Film Actor and Screen Play Writer. He began his film and television training in 2005, attending local film schools throughout the city. Kyle has had various types of exposure to television, From supporting roles to becoming one of APTN'S top Television personalities.
“ Metis Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
Wesley French was born on Good Friday April 13th, 1979 in London, Ontario, Canada. He is a member of the Chippewas of the Thames 1st Nation reservation in Southwestern Ontario. He is an actor known for Cashing In (2009-2014), Skinwalkers (2006) and In Einem Wilden Land (Wild Land) (2013). He resides in Toronto, Canada
“ Anishinabe (Chippewa) Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Cherokee Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Cherokee Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
“ Metis Nation ” - nativeamericannationfilm
A dedicated performer, visual artist, & creative producer, Marisa is best known for her role as "Huilen" - a pivotal character in the Box Office hit Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2. She is a graduate of the esteemed Brown University, and as part of her Ivy League undergraduate experience she had the privilege of training at both the National Theater Institute and the St...
Iron Eyes Cody
Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or "Oscar" DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from "DeCorti" to "Corti" to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. He married an Indian woman, Bertha Parker...
“ (Apache) Grandson of Geronimo. Sadly buried in an unmarked grave in Pierce Brothers Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood ” - nativeamericannationfilm
A member of the Yakima tribe in Washington state, Chief Yowlachie (whose real name was Daniel Simmons) began his show-business career as--believe it or not--an opera singer and spent many years in that profession. In the 1920s he switched to films, and over the next 25 or so years played everything from rampaging Apache chiefs to comic-relief sidekicks...
Victor Daniels was given the title of "Chief" in an honorary capacity and identified himself as Cherokee. His application for a social security number lists his birth date as April 12, 1899 and his birthplace as Arizona. Thundercloud was the first of nine children born to Jesus Daniels and Tomaca Daniels (as indicated on his social security application)...