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Will Sampson (I) (1933–1987)


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 (1975) opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). He had supporting roles in Orca (1977), The White Buffalo (1977) and Fish Hawk (1979). In 1986, ... See full bio »

Died:

(age 53) in Houston, Texas, USA

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Known For

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(1975)
The Outlaw Josey Wales
(1976)
Orca
Orca Umilak
(1977)

Filmography

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 1987 The Gunfighters (TV Movie)
Train Passenger (uncredited)
 1986 Firewalker
Tall Eagle
 1986 Tall Tales & Legends (TV Series)
Chief
- Johnny Appleseed (1986) ... Chief
 1986 American Playhouse (TV Series)
Wingina
- Roanoak: Part I (1986) ... Wingina
 1985 Insignificance
Elevator Attendant
 1985 Wildside (TV Series)
Fake Sitting Bull
- Buffalo Who? (1985) ... Fake Sitting Bull
 1984 The Mystic Warrior (TV Movie)
Wambli
 1983-1984 The Yellow Rose (TV Series)
John Stronghart
- Land of the Free (1984) ... John Stronghart
- Only the Proud (1983) ... John Stronghart
- Sins of the Father (1983) ... John Stronghart
- Walls of Fear (1983) ... John Stronghart
- When Honor Dies (1983) ... John Stronghart
 1982 Born to the Wind (TV Series)
Painted Bear
 1980 Alcatraz: The Whole Shocking Story (TV Movie)
Clarence's Father
 1980 From Here to Eternity (TV Series)
Sgt. Cheney
- Pearl Harbor (1980) ... Sgt. Cheney
 1978-1979 Vega$ (TV Series)
Harlon Twoleaf
- Red Handed (1979) ... Harlon Twoleaf
- The Visitor (1979) ... Harlon Twoleaf
- Death Mountain (1979) ... Harlon Twoleaf
- Kill Dan Tanna! (1979) ... Harlon Twoleaf
- Centerfold (1978) ... Harlon Twoleaf
 1979 Fish Hawk
Fish Hawk
 1979 From Here to Eternity (TV Mini-Series)
Cpl. Cheney
- Part I (1979) ... Cpl. Cheney
- Part II (1979) ... Cpl. Cheney
- Part III (1979) ... Cpl. Cheney
 1978 Standing Tall (TV Movie)
Lonny Moon
 1978 Cowboysan (Short)
Indian Chief
 1977 The Hunted Lady (TV Movie)
Uncle George
 1977 Relentless (TV Movie)
Sam Watchman
 1977 Orca
Umilak
 1976 Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull's History Lesson
The Interpreter (William Halsey)
 1975 Crazy Mama
Indian At Trading (uncredited)
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Height:

6' 5" (1.96 m)
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Personal Quote:

Hollywood writers and directors are still using 'em for livestock. They somehow just can't seem to bring it around to give the truth about Indians.

Trivia:

He is buried within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation boundaries. Craig T. Nelson, Poltergeist co-star, happened to be passing through the area and wanted to pay his respects. He drove around for 4 or 5 hours trying to find the cemetery when he finally stopped at a corner store and asked where Will Sampson was buried. As it turned out, the man standing next to Nelson in the store was Sampson's cousin, ... See more »

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