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Chief Tahachee (1904–1978)

Chief Tahachee, was born Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert, 4 March 1904 in James Mill, Arkansas, he died of a heart attack 9 June 1978 in San Gabriel, California. He was an American-born, Old Settler Cherokee Indian, who was a stage-performer, silent-and-sound motion picture actor, stuntman, expert horseman, circus and wild west show entertainer, ... See full bio »
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Play: Uncle Tom's Cabin Performed: March 14 through 19, 1927 Location: Pasadena Playhouse, Pasadena, California Director: Mr. Ralph Freud Role: Kentucky Abolitionist See more »


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In 1936, Chief Tahachee was one of the founders and a charter member of the Indian Actors' Association (IAA). The IAA was organized by American Indian actors to combat use of non-Indian's by some studios, and of engaging pseudo-American Indians for the faking of American Indian roles and/or fabricating American Indian dialects. The IAA was eventually absorbed by the Screen Actors Guild. See more »


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