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Chief John Big Tree (1877–1967)

Chief John Big Tree was born on June 2, 1877 in Buffalo, New York, USA as Isaac Johnny John. He was an actor, known for She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949), The Avenging Arrow (1921) and Ranson's Folly (1926). He died on July 6, 1967 in Onondaga Indian Reservation, New York. See full bio »

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She Wore a Yellow Ribbon Chief Pony That Walks
Ranson's Folly Chief Standing Bear
Hills of Old Wyoming Chief Big Tree


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 1950 Devil's Doorway
 1949 She Wore a Yellow Ribbon
Chief Pony That Walks
 1947 Unconquered
Indian (uncredited)
 1941 Las Vegas Nights
Indian (uncredited)
 1941 Western Union
Chief Spotted Horse (as Chief Big Tree)
 1941 Hudson's Bay
 1940 North West Mounted Police
Blue Owl (uncredited)
 1940 Too Many Girls
Chief (uncredited)
 1940 Brigham Young
Big Elk (as Chief Big Tree)
 1940 Pioneers of the West
Indian Chief (uncredited)
 1940 Maintain the Right (Short)
Indian Chief (uncredited)
 1940 Heroes of the Saddle
Rodeo Indian (uncredited)
 1939 Destry Rides Again
Indian in Saloon (uncredited)
 1939 Drums Along the Mohawk
Blue Back (as Chief Big Tree)
 1939 The Oregon Trail
Spotted Elk (uncredited)
 1939 Susannah of the Mounties
Chief (uncredited)
 1939 Stagecoach
Indian Scout (uncredited)
 1938 Hawk of the Wilderness
Medicine Man (uncredited)
 1938 Flaming Frontiers
Arapaho Chief [Chs. 12-13] (uncredited)
 1938 The Girl of the Golden West
Indian Chief in Prologue (uncredited)
 1937 Prairie Thunder
Indian (uncredited)
 1937 The Painted Stallion
Commanche Chief (uncredited)
 1937 Hills of Old Wyoming
Chief Big Tree (as Chief Big Tree)
 1937 Lost Horizon
Porter (uncredited)
 1937 Maid of Salem
Indian (uncredited)
 1936 The Bold Caballero
Tavern Indian (uncredited)
 1936 Daniel Boone
Wyandotte Warrior (uncredited)
 1936 The Adventures of Frank Merriwell
Indian John (uncredited)
 1936/I Custer's Last Stand
Medicine Man [Ch. 9] (as Big Tree)
 1935 The Singing Vagabond
Chief White Eagle (uncredited)
 1935 The Farmer Takes a Wife
Indian (uncredited)
 1935 The Miracle Rider
Old Indian [Ch. 1] (uncredited)
 1934 Wake Up and Dream
1st Indian (uncredited)
 1934 The Cat's-Paw
Chinese Guards (uncredited)
 1934 Wheels of Destiny
Chief War Eagle (as Big Tree)
 1934 Massacre
Indian Judge (uncredited)
 1933 King of the Arena
Circus Indian (uncredited)
 1933 The Telegraph Trail
Indian Chief (uncredited)
 1932 The Golden West
Indian (uncredited)
 1932 The Last of the Mohicans
Huron Warrior (uncredited)
 1931 Fighting Caravans
Indian Chief in Opening Credits (uncredited)
 1931 Red Fork Range
Chief Barking Fox (as Chief Big Tree)
 1930 The Big Trail
Indian (uncredited)
 1929 Sioux Blood
Crazy Wolf (as Chief Big Tree)
 1929 The Overland Telegraph
Medicine Man (as Chief Big Tree)
 1928 Wyoming
An Indian (as Chief Big Tree)
 1927 Spoilers of the West
Chief Red Cloud
 1927 The Frontiersman
Grey Eagle
 1927 Winners of the Wilderness
Chief Pontiac
 1926 The Outlaw Breaker
Indian (uncredited)
 1926 The Desert's Toll
Red Eagle
 1926 Mantrap
Indian (uncredited)
 1926 The Frontier Trail
Chief Gray Wolf
 1926 Ranson's Folly
Chief Standing Bear
 1925 The Red Rider
Indian Chief
 1924 The Iron Horse
Cheyenne Chief (uncredited)
 1923 The Huntress
 1922 The Primitive Lover
Chief Johnny Bluebottle
 1921 The Avenging Arrow
 1919 A Fight for Love
Swift Deer
 1917 The Spirit of '76
Gowah (as Chief Big Tree)
 1915 The Cactus Blossom (Short)
Chegup (as Chief Big Tree)
 1915 Author! Author! (Short)
Peter Lone Wolf
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One of three men who posed for artist James Earle Fraser for the profile which became the famous "Indian head nickel" or "buffalo nickel" minted 1913-38. The other two were Chief Two Moons (of the Cheyenne) and Chief Iron Tail (of the Lakota). The image was reused for a special commemorative $50 gold piece in 2006--the US' first 24k (pure gold) coin. See more »

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