No photo available. Represent Ted Thin Elk? Add or change photos at IMDbPro
Down 26,325 this week

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 »


What Movies Are Coming This Winter?

Black Panther

Superheroes, assassins, and Jaegers await you in our Winter Movie Guide. Plan your season and take note of the hotly anticipated indie, foreign, and documentary releases, too.

Check out our Winter Movie Guide

Related News

| The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

On Amazon Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 1253 people
created 06 Aug 2011
list image
a list of 38 people
created 11 Sep 2013
a list of 208 people
created 26 Sep 2016

Do you have a demo reel?

Add it to your IMDbPage

Connect with IMDb

How Much Have You Seen?

How much of Ted Thin Elk's work have you seen?

User Polls

Known For

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


Hide Hide Show Show Actor (4 credits)
 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)

Related Videos


Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Chief Ted Thin Elk

Did You Know?


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

Star Sign:


Contribute to This Page