Native American Actors

by Talentlings | created - 06 May 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Actors of Native American Descent

1. 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 ...

2. 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 ...

3. 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 ...

4. 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).

5. 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 ...

6. 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...

7. 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 ...

8. 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).

9. 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), Hidalgo (2004) and The X-Files (1993). He was married to Rosie. He died on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, ...

10. 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...

11. Q'orianka Kilcher

Actress | The New World

At fourteen years old, Q'orianka Kilcher emerged into the front ranks of young actresses with her portrayal of Pocahontas opposite Colin Farrell and Christian Bale in Terrence Malick's 'The New World', an epic about the encounter between English and North American societies in the early 1600s. Her ...

12. Rene Michelle Aranda

Actress | Expelled

National award winning American actress, producer and casting director, Rene Michelle Aranda, is well known for her involvement with international distribution company Plus Entertainment and partnership with Hollywood TV Cops and Hollywood & Vine Talent Casting, as well as her blood relation to ...

13. 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).

14. 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 ...

15. Martin Sensmeier

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Martin Sensmeier is an American actor and is of Tlingit, Koyukon-Athabascan, and Irish descent. He was raised in a Tlingit Coastal Community in Southeast Alaska and grew up learning and participating in the traditions of his tribes. He is also an ambassador for The Native Wellness Institute, as ...

16. 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 ...

17. Iron Eyes Cody

Actor | A Man Called Horse

Iron Eyes Cody was born Espera or "Oscar" DeCorti, the son of two first-generation immigrants from Italy. In 1924 he moved to California, changed his name from "DeCorti" to "Corti" to Cody, and started working as an actor, presenting himself as a Native American. He married an Indian woman, Bertha ...

18. John Trudell

Actor | Smoke Signals

John Trudell was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to a Santee Sioux father and Mexican Indian mother. After a stint in the Navy (and Vietnam) from 1963 to 1969, he became involved with the American Indian Movement, becoming National Chairman in 1973. He held that position until 1979; it was then that his ...

19. 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).

20. 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 ...

21. Taylor Lautner

Actor | Twilight

Taylor Daniel Lautner was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, to Deborah, a software company worker, and Daniel Lautner, a pilot for Midwest Airlines. He, and younger sister Makena, were raised in a well-mannered, Roman Catholic household in Hudsonville, Michigan. He is of English, German, Dutch, and ...

22. Jay Tavare

Actor | Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

Jay Tavare describes himself best when he says he is a storyteller and a citizen of the world.

Jay's acting performances in several Oscar winning films--with some of our era's most talented and acclaimed directors and actors--are the natural outcome of his eclectic life experiences and the direct ...

23. 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 ...

24. Chris Eyre

Director | Smoke Signals

Chris Eyre was born in 1969 in Portland, Oregon, USA. He is a director and producer, known for Smoke Signals (1998), Edge of America (2003) and Skins (2002).

25. Rudy Youngblood

Actor | Apocalypto

Rudy Youngblood is Native American of Comanche and Cree decent. Growing up, he never called one place home, but went to school and graduated in the small town of Belton,Texas. He is proud of his roots. Prior to making his on-screen debut in Mel Gibson's Oscar nominated film, "Apocalypto"(2006), ...

26. Kimberly Guerrero

Actress | Blood & Oil

A native Oklahoman and graduate of UCLA, Kimberly enjoys a career in entertainment as an actor, writer and director and also works with tribal communities throughout North America as a public speaker and advocate promoting both personal and community development. Though she has several film and ...

27. Steve Reevis

Actor | Fargo

Steve was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. Son of Curley and Lila Reevis, he is the 4th of 6 siblings. He graduated from Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a degree in arts. After junior college, ...

28. Jim Thorpe

Writer | Jim Thorpe -- All-American

Renowned Native American athlete who excelled in the 1912 Olympic games in Stockholm but was later stripped of his Olympic medals for having previously received monetary compensation for engaging in professional sport. He later showed up on movie screens as a bit player in westerns. He was ...

29. Marisa Quintanilla

Actress | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2

A dedicated performer, visual artist, & creative producer, Marisa is best known for her role as "Huilen" - a pivotal character in the Box Office hit Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2.

She is a graduate of the esteemed Brown University, and as part of her Ivy League undergraduate experience she had...

30. Tokala Black Elk

Actor | Wind River

Tokala Black Elk was born in 1984 in Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA. He is known for his work on Wind River (2017), Yellowstone (2018) and The Revenant (2015).

31. Amber Midthunder

Actress | Legion

Amber Midthunder is a Native New Mexican actress who uncovered a deep love for the art of acting at a very young age. Growing up with an actor father and casting director mother, she began her own on-screen career early in life. Her first speaking role was opposite Alan Arkin in the indie hit ...

32. Branscombe Richmond

Actor | The Scorpion King

Highly recognizable Native American actor, stuntman and singer who is equally capable of portraying cold-hearted villains on the one hand and warm-hearted, open "good guys" on the other, as evidenced by his huge grin and hearty laugh.

The solidly built 6' 3" Richmond has regularly played the bad guy ...

33. Forrest Goodluck

Actor | The Revenant

Making his big screen debut, Forrest Goodluck appears opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domnhall Gleeson and Will Poulter in FOX's epic drama, "The Revenant." Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, the movie centers on legendary hunter, Hugh Glass (Leonardo DiCaprio), who is left for dead by...

34. 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 ...

35. Chief Thundercloud

Actor | Renegade Girl

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 ...

36. Noah Watts

Actor | Assassin's Creed III

Noah Watts is an actor and composer, known for Assassin's Creed III (2012), Assassin's Creed III: The Tyranny of King Washington (2013) and Ringer (2011).

37. Chief Yowlachie

Actor | Red River

A member of the Yakima tribe in Washington state, Chief Yowlachie (whose real name was Daniel Simmons) began his show-business career as--believe it or not--an opera singer and spent many years in that profession. In the 1920s he switched to films, and over the next 25 or so years played everything...

38. Elizabeth Frances

Actress | The Son

Acclaimed for her grace and charisma both on screen and off, actress Elizabeth Frances, is best known for her countless on camera roles such as troubled girlfriend Angela Maryboy in Drunktown's Finest, produced by Robert Redford which premiered at Sundance Film Festival, rock star Bad Penny in the ...

39. Buffy Sainte-Marie

Soundtrack | An Officer and a Gentleman

Buffy Sainte-Marie was born on February 20, 1941 in Piapot Reserve, Saskatchewan, Canada. She was previously married to Jack Nitzsche.

40. Billy Wirth

Actor | The Lost Boys

Wirth attended Collegiate Prep School in Manhattan and Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island. Discovered by photographer Bruce Weber while at Brown University, he started modeling in New York City in the mid 80s for such magazines as Seventeen, GQ, Interview, and teen magazines. While at ...

41. Rick Mora

Twilight

Rick was born in a field of corn called Los Angeles but raised on a 100 acre farm with no electricity and a wood burning stove in Crescent City, California. He returned to the city at age 7. He obtained a Bachelors Degree from California State University, Northridge in communication. Acting and ...

42. Buffalo Child

Actor | Dances with Wolves

Buffalo Child is a full-blooded Plains Cree Native American. In addition to television, he has also acted on stage. Both of his parents were raised having traditional lives. Buffalo resided with his maternal grandmother who was a well known medicine woman. His father was an American and his mother ...

43. 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 ...

44. Misty Upham

Actress | August: Osage County

Misty Anne Upham, born in Kallispell, Montana, grew up in south Seattle, the fourth of five children. She began her career at the age of thirteen when she joined a community theater group, Red Eagle Soaring. What began as a summer workshop soon turned into a full-time job. By the age of fourteen ...

45. Michael Horse

Actor | Twin Peaks

Michael Horse was born on December 21, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael James Heinrich. He is an actor and writer, known for Twin Peaks (1990), The Legend of the Lone Ranger (1981) and Passenger 57 (1992). He has been married to Sandra Horse since 1993. He was previously married to ...

46. Litefoot

Actor | The Indian in the Cupboard

Litefoot was born on March 1, 1969 in Upland, California, USA as Gary Paul Davis. He is an actor, known for The Indian in the Cupboard (1995), Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (1997) and Adaptation. (2002). He has been married to Carmen Davis since July 11, 1998. They have two children.

47. Larry Sellers

Actor | Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Larry Sellers was born in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, USA. He is known for his work on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman (1993), Assassination (1987) and Wayne's World 2 (1993).

48. Larry McMurtry

Writer | Brokeback Mountain

Larry McMurtry was born on June 3, 1936 in Wichita Falls, Texas, USA as Larry Jeff McMurtry. He is a writer and producer, known for Brokeback Mountain (2005), The Last Picture Show (1971) and Streets of Laredo (1995). He has been married to Faye Kesey since April 29, 2011. He was previously married...

49. Bronson Pelletier

Actor | The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1

Canadian film and television actor, Bronson Pelletier, got his start as the host of popular children's show, "Art Zone". His first big break occurred through his role as Jack Sinclair in Renegadepress, a Canadian series for which he received Gemini and Leo nominations. After filming several ...

50. Justin Rain

Actor | Lean on Pete

Justin was born and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada . He was introduced in the local film & television industry after graduating high school. He worked with the East Vancouver Urban Native Theatre Company for 3 years then began formal study in the Dramatic Arts Program Diploma.

Five ...

51. Alex Meraz

Actor | The Twilight Saga: New Moon

Alex Meraz was born on January 10, 1985 in Mesa, Arizona, USA as Alejandro Meraz. He is an actor and writer, known for The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010) and Suicide Squad (2016). He has been married to Kim since December 31, 2007. They have two children.

52. 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 ...

53. Jay Silverheels

Actor | The Lone Ranger

Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key ...

54. 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), Hidalgo (2004) and The X-Files (1993). He was married to Rosie. He died on December 13, 2007 in Los Angeles, ...

55. Chief Dan George

Actor | Little Big Man

Chief Dan George was born with the names Geswanouth Slahoot (which was anglicised as 'Dan Slaholt') to a tribal chief on Burrard Indian Reserve Nº. 3 in North Vancouver. His last name was changed to 'George' when he entered a mission boarding school at the age of 5, where the use of his native ...

56. Benjamin Bratt

Actor | Miss Congeniality

The middle of five children, Bratt hails from a close-knit family. His mother, an indigenous Quechua Peruvian from Lima, moved to the U.S. at age 14. He grew up in San Francisco. He is known for his roles in the films Traffic (2000), Miss Congeniality (2000), and Despicable Me 2 (2013). He is ...

57. 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.

58. Danny Trejo

Actor | Machete

Danny Trejo was born Dan Trejo in Echo Park, Los Angeles, to Alice (Rivera) and Dan Trejo, a construction worker. A child drug addict and criminal, Trejo was in and out of jail for 11 years. While serving time in San Quentin, he won the lightweight and welterweight boxing titles. Imprisoned for ...

59. Steve Reevis

Actor | Fargo

Steve was born and raised on the Blackfeet Reservation in Browning, Montana. Son of Curley and Lila Reevis, he is the 4th of 6 siblings. He graduated from Flandreau High School and attended Haskell Indian Junior College in Lawrence, Kansas where he received a degree in arts. After junior college, ...

60. Alex Kruz

Actor | Red Cloud: Deliverance

Alex Kruz is an actor and producer, known for Red Cloud: Deliverance (2012), No Name Sam (2016) and Parivara (2016).

61. 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 ...

62. Kaniehtiio Horn

Actress | Journey to the Center of the Earth

Kaniehtiio Horn is a Mohawk actress. She was born in Ottawa, but grew up on the Kahnawake reserve in Quebec. In only her 8th outing as an actress she was nominated for a Gemini Award for her role in the television film Moccasin Flats: Redemption. Her mother, Kahn-Tineta Horn, is a former model and ...

63. 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 ...

64. Michael Greyeyes

Actor | Woman Walks Ahead

Michael Greyeyes is an actor, director, scholar and founding artistic director of Signal Theatre. He is Nêhiyaw (Plains Cree) from Muskeg Lake Cree Nation in Saskatchewan, Canada. His film work includes the role of Sitting Bull in "Woman Walks Ahead," (A24/ DirecTV) co-starring Jessica Chastain and...



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