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Ted Thin Elk (1919–1997)

A Sicangu Lakota (Sioux) who spent most of his life on the Rosebud Sioux Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Ted Thin Elk saw very few movies in his lifetime, and was 72 when he got his first role as "Grandpa Samuel Reaches" in the film Thunderheart (1992). Contrary to his bad boy reputation, Val Kilmer treated the septuagenarian first-time actor ... See full bio »


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Known For

Thunderheart Grandpa Sam Reaches
Walking Thunder
Walking Thunder Dark Wind
The Broken Chain
The Broken Chain Onondaga Sachem


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 1997 Walking Thunder
Dark Wind (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)
 1994 Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (TV Mini-Series)
Running Wolf
- Episode #1.1 (1994) ... Running Wolf
 1993 The Broken Chain (TV Movie)
Onondaga Sachem
 1992 Thunderheart
Grandpa Sam Reaches (as Chief Ted Thin Elk)

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Chief Ted Thin Elk

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Got wounded in the thigh by a German bullet in the North African Campaign during World War II.

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