American Native and First Nations Actors

by alaxwish0077 | created - 30 Dec 2012 | updated - 30 Dec 2012 | Public

American Native and First Nations Actors

1. Gary Farmer

Actor | Dead Man

Gary Dale Farmer is a character actor with plenty of character. With over 100 Film and TV appearances attached to his resume, and plenty more in the pipeline, Gary has shown he can adapt easily to any genre when necessary. He was born in Ohsweken, Ontario, into the Cayuga nation and Wolf Clan, and ...

2. Adam Beach

Actor | Windtalkers

Adam Beach was born in Ashern, Manitoba, the son of Sally and Dennis Beach, and was raised on the Dog Creek First Nations Reserve, with his two brothers. A troubled childhood saw his mother killed by a drunk driver, and his alcoholic father drowned only weeks afterward. The three brothers went to ...

3. Wes Studi

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

From small-town Oklahoma native to internationally acclaimed actor and musician, Wes Studi credits his passion and multi-faceted background for his powerful character portrayals that forever changed a Hollywood stereotype. Within a few years of his arrival in Hollywood, Studi caught the attention ...

4. Michelle Thrush

Actress | Pathfinder

Michelle Thrush was born on February 6, 1967 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. She is known for her work on Pathfinder (2007), Blackstone (2009) and The Northlander (2016).

5. Eric Schweig

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

Eric Schweig was born on June 19, 1967 in Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada as Ray Dean Thrasher. He is an actor, known for The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Tom and Huck (1995) and The Missing (2003).

6. Irene Bedard

Actress | Pocahontas

Irene Bedard (born July 22, 1967) is a Native American actress who has played many Native American characters in a variety of films. She is perhaps best known for her voice role as the title character in the 1995 animated film Pocahontas.

In 2012, she started "Sleeping Lady Films" and "Waking Giants...

7. Julia Jones

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Julia Jones was born on January 23, 1981 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. She is an actress, known for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011), Wind River (2017) and Westworld (2016).

8. Chaske Spencer

Actor | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Chaske (pronounced Chess-Kay) Spencer was born in Oklahoma. He lived through his childhood in Montana, Kooskia (pronounced Kooskie), Idaho, Lapwai and Lewiston Idaho. (Lapwai and Lewiston are 20 min apart) He has two younger sisters. His mom is a teacher at a local Alternative High School, and his ...

9. Eddie Spears

Actor | DreamKeeper

Eddie Spears was born on November 29, 1982. He is an actor, known for DreamKeeper (2003), Bone Tomahawk (2015) and Into the West (2005).

10. Michael Spears

Actor | Into the West

Born in Chamberlain, South Dakota and resides in Montana he has five brothers, one sister and is Lakota Sioux Tribe. His first role was in the film "Dances With Wolves" as Otter. Michael went onto appear in "Skins", "Into The West", "Yellow Rock", guest role on "Longmire" and in Cyril Morin's "The ...

11. Jennifer Podemski

Actress | Moccasin Flats

Jennifer Podemski is an actress and producer, known for Moccasin Flats (2003), Empire of Dirt (2013) and Dance Me Outside (1994).

12. Amara Zaragoza

Actress | Hatchet

Amara Zaragoza was born on December 5, 1980 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. She is an actress and director, known for Hatchet (2006), Perfect Stranger (2007) and Supernatural (2005).

13. Carrie Madariaga

Actress | Eagle Falls

Carrie Madariaga is of Basque, Luiseno, Polish and Scotch-Irish descents. Raised on the Pechanga Indian Reservation in Temecula California, where her ancestors have lived for over ten thousand years. Madariaga began began acting in San Diego ca., working with commercial Emmy award winning director ...

14. Tamara Podemski

Actress | Four Sheets to the Wind

Tamara Podemski is a multi-disciplinary artist born and raised in Toronto to an Ojibway mother and an Israeli father. She made her biggest mark with the film "Four Sheets to the Wind" when she won the Special Jury Prize for Acting at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival, as well as an IFC Spirit Award ...

15. Zahn McClarnon

Actor | Into the West

Zahn McClarnon was born on October 24, 1966 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Zahn Tokiya-ku McClarnon. He is known for his work on Into the West (2005), Strike One (2014) and Dangerous Minds (1996).

16. David Midthunder

Actor | Hostiles

David Midthunder is an enrolled tribal member at the Fort Peck Sioux and Assiniboine Indian Reservation in Montana. Midthunder graduated from Stewart Indian School in Nevada and went on to pursue a degree in Cultural Anthropology at the University of Utah. He is best known for playing the leading ...

17. Tonantzin Carmelo

Actress | Into the West

Carmelo began her career as a native dancer and musician, recording 3 CDs with Canyon Records. She honed her acting craft in a myriad of professional theater productions, and is a member of the LA based professional theater company Native Voices, most recently as Lisa Yellowtree in the world ...

18. Raoul Max Trujillo

Actor | Riddick

Raoul Max Trujillo, aka Raoul Maximiano Trujillo de Chauvelon was born in Northern New Mexico. He is a mixed blood descendant of Ute,Apache,Comanche, Pueblo, Tlascalan, French, Sephardic Jew and Andalusian Moor. After high school, he spent three years serving in the military in Germany. After his ...

19. Gil Birmingham

Actor | Twilight

Gil Birmingham is an American actor of Comanche ancestry, best known for his portrayal of Billy Black in the The Twilight Saga film series. Birmingham was born in San Antonio, Texas. His family moved frequently during his childhood, due to his father's career in the military. He learned to play the...

20. Tyler Christopher

Actor | General Hospital

Tyler Christopher was born on November 11, 1972 in Joliet, Illinois, USA as Tyler Christopher Baker. He is an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Into the West (2005) and Shouting Secrets (2011). He has been married to Brienne Pedigo since September 27, 2008. They have two children. He was ...

21. Russell Means

Actor | The Last of the Mohicans

Russell Means was born an Oglala/Lakota Sioux Indian. He was the first national director of the American Indian Movement (AIM) in which role he became prominent during the 1973 standoff with the U.S. government at Wounded Knee. In 1987, he joined the U.S. Libertarian Party and announced his ...

22. Georgina Lightning

Actress | Older Than America

Georgina Lightning brings a long track record of creative experience in the film industry as an actor, producer, director and acting coach on such projects as: Dreamkeepers, Backroads, Johnny Greyeyes, Christmas in the Clouds, Tecumseh, the Oath and Smoke Signals among countless others. Lightning ...

23. Crystle Lightning

Actress | Prey

Crystle Lightning is everything that her given name implies: a clear bolt of penetrating energy. This vivacious young beauty co-stars in the fourth installment of the American Pie movie franchise American Pie 4: Band Camp and is on track to become one of the most talked about young women in ...

24. Cody Lightning

Actor | Four Sheets to the Wind

Cody Lightning was born on August 8, 1986 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is known for his work on Four Sheets to the Wind (2007), Brick (2005) and Smoke Signals (1998).

25. Roseanne Supernault

Actress | Blackstone

Roseanne Supernault is an Actress originally from East Prairie Metis Settlement, Canada. Born in northern Alberta to a Politician Father and Artist Mother, her eclectic upbringing included classical training in art, theatre, and dance; practicing and sustaining her cultural hunting & land rights as...

26. Ruben Chato Hinojosa Jr.

Producer | Fetch

Ruben Chato Hinojosa was raised in Texas and reservations, is an enrolled member of the Lipan Apache Nation Tribe of Texas,and proud heritage of the Mescalero Apache tribe. He is a Actor, Artist, Writer, Traditional American Indian Flute performer,Sculptor, and creator of Warrior Bone Knives. ...

27. Saginaw Grant

Actor | The Lone Ranger

Saginaw is the Hereditary Chief and a respected member of the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Otoe-Missouria Nations.

In 1936, Saginaw Morgan Grant was born to Sarah and Austin Grant Sr. at Pawnee Indian Hospital in Pawnee, Oklahoma. He was raised on a farm in Cushing, Oklahoma with two brothers and one ...

28. Graham Greene

Actor | The Green Mile

Graham Greene was born on June 22, 1952 in Six Nations Reserve, Ontario, Canada. He is known for his work on The Green Mile (1999), Wind River (2017) and Dances with Wolves (1990). He has been married to Hilary Blackmore since December 20, 1990.

29. Tantoo Cardinal

Actress | Wind River

Actress Tantoo Cardinal, a Member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honors. The Order of Canada recognizes Cardinal for her contributions to the growth and development of Aboriginal performing arts in Canada.

Arguably the most widely recognized Native Actress of her ...

30. Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman

Actor | Dances with Wolves

Floyd 'Red Crow' Westerman was born on August 17, 1936 in Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, Roberts County, South Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for Dances with Wolves (1990), The Doors (1991) and Hidalgo (2004). He was married to Rosie. He died on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, California,...

31. Rodney A. Grant

Actor | Dances with Wolves

Native American actor, Rodney Arnold Grant was born the 9th of March, 1959. After his biological parents abandoned him, his grandparents raised him from 6 months of age, up until 1982. Rodney has five adult children: three daughters from his ex-wife, all of which were raised by their mother, and ...

32. Geraldine Keams

Actress | The Car

Geraldine Keams was born on August 19, 1951 in Arizona, USA. She is known for her work on The Car (1977), Faster (2010) and The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976).

33. Tatanka Means

Actor | The Son

Tatanka Means was born on February 19, 1985 in Porcupine, South Dakota, USA as Tatanka Wanbli Sapa Xila Sabe Means. He is known for his work on The Son (2017), Saints & Strangers (2015) and Tiger Eyes (2012).

34. Alex Rice

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

By birth, actress Alex Rice is a Mohawk. She continues to be an active and proud member of the Kahnawake First Nation throughout her career.

Though she was born in Quebec, Alex spend the majority of her childhood in Brooklyn, New York among a community of Mohawk iron workers, where she trained to ...

35. Kiowa Gordon

Actor | The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Kiowa Gordon was born on March 25, 1990 in Berlin, Germany as Kiowa Joseph Gordon. Moved to the States shortly after to live on the Hualapai Indian Reservation in Peach Springs, AZ and moved around quite a bit growing up until settling down in Phoenix, AZ where he landed the role of Embry Call in ...

36. Shauna Baker

Actress | Drunktown's Finest

Canadian born, Shauna Baker was raised by her Dené Grandmother on a reservation in northern Canada. Shauna was extensively involved in business before her entertainment career began. Despite her success in the corporate world, she instinctively knew she was not following her dreams. Shauna started ...

37. Shannon Baker

Actress | CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

Shannon Baker is Carrier Dene of the Stellat'en First Nation reservation in northern British Columbia. She has an identical twin sister named Shauna. She resides in Los Angeles, California. Her and her twin sister are collectively known as 'The Baker Twins'. As an actor, model, and spokesperson ...

38. Kendra Mylnechuk

Actress | 2 Days in New York

Kendra Mylnechuk is an actress, known for 2 Days in New York (2012), The Blacklist (2013) and The Orphan Girl (2014).

39. Brianna Womick

Stunts | All Cheerleaders Die

Brianna Womick is an actress, stunt performer, & dancer from Illinois. She has been performing from the time she was 3 years old on stage, on camera, & in front of live audiences in large venues all over the country. Brianna is just as appealing on the inside & as she is on the outside with her ...

40. Shyla Lefner

Actress | Woo

Shyla Lefner is an actress and writer, known for Woo (1998), A Starbucks Story (2005) and Whatever It Takes (2000).

41. Alan Tafoya

Actor | MacGruber

Alan Tafoya is an actor and producer, known for MacGruber (2010), The Apprehension of the Apache Kid and Browncoat Rebels and Unspeakable (2002).

42. Derrick Williams

Actor | Scumbag

Derrick Williams is an actor, known for Scumbag (2017), Zola Jumped In (2014) and Eagle Falls (2012).

43. Will Sampson

Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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 ...

44. Sheldon Peters Wolfchild

Actor | Dances with Wolves

Born in 1946 in Minnesota, Sheldon grew up on the Lower Sioux Indian Reservation being the youngest of eight children. He attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Ray-Vogue School of Design in Chicago, Illinois from 1965 to 1969. Drafted into the military in ...

45. Gordon Tootoosis

Actor | Legends of the Fall

A Canadian actor of Cree and Stoney descent, Gordon Tootosis made his film debut in the western film Alien Thunder (1974) with Donald Sutherland and Chief Dan George. Tootoosis holds several acting roles in television and movies, including the role of 'One Stab' in Legends of the Fall (1994), the ...

46. Andrea Menard

Actress | Blackstone

Andrea Menard was born in Flin Flon, Manitoba, Canada. She is an actress and writer, known for Blackstone (2009) and Sparkle (2010).