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Date of Birth 12 April 1899Muskogee, Indian Territory, USA [now Oklahoma, USA]
Date of Death 1 December 1955Ventura, California, USA  (stomach cancer)
Birth NameVictor Daniels

Mini Bio (1)

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). Raised on a ranch in Arizona, he was educated at the University of Arizona at Tucson where he excelled not only scholastically but in athletics (football, boxing). He worked in cattle ranches and rodeos in addition as a mining foreman, boxer and guide before entering movies as a stuntman in 1929.

Thundercloud eventually earned screen credit for his Indian tribe members and chiefs, typecast more as evil than good. He is best known, however, for his creating the role of faithful sidekick "Tonto" in the serial The Lone Ranger (1938) and its sequel The Lone Ranger Rides Again (1939). He also played the title role of Paramount Pictures' Geronimo (1939). He died at age 56 following surgery for stomach cancer in Ventura County, California on November 30, 1955. He was survived by wife Frances, a former singer, and their two children.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

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Frances Delmar (? - ?)

Trivia (3)

Native American actor
Although he once played famed Apache warrior Geronimo, and bore a striking resemblance to him, Daniels was actually of Cherokee extraction.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, he was fined $200 and fours years probation in 1951 after he pleaded guilty to violating the Corporate Security Act. Daniels was told to make restitution of $5625 to his victims after he had sold them shares in films without a permit.

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