|Born||in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada|
|Died||in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (heart failure)|
Mini Bio (2)
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 language was discouraged, if not forbidden.
After spending much of his early life as a longshoreman, a construction worker, and a school bus driver, Chief Dan George auditioned for the role of Ol' Antoine on Cariboo Country (1960), a CBC series, and was offered the part. On the strength of his performance in the series, and after playing the same part in Smith! (1969) a Disney adaptation of one the show's episodes, based on "Breaking Smith's Quarterhorse" a novella by Paul St. Pierre and starring Glenn Ford, he was asked to play Old Lodge Skins in Little Big Man (1970); this role led to a nomination for Best Supporting Actor in 1970. He continued to appear in a variety of films, and also became an accomplished stage actor.
Chief Dan became an influential speaker on the rights of First Nations and native peoples of North America. He died in 1981 on the same Indian reserve where he was born.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Matt Hodson (updated by U.N. Owen '17)
Chief Dan George played old Moses Paul in 'Spirit of the Wind', a film made in 1979 by John Logue and Ralph Liddle that was never released in the US until recently. Chief Dan George's maturity as an actor in this film, his last, playing a scruffy, venerable trainer of sled-dogs, provided an aura of authenticity to the strenuous efforts of first-time actor Pius Savage to play George Attla, as he learns the art of dog mushing and prepares to enter his first Rondy competition in Fairbanks. The film, except for Slim Pickens as the local shopkeeper, has an entirely Native American cast, and includes a scintillating musical score by Buffy Saint Marie, herself a Native Canadian of the Cree Nation. The Montreal Star wrote, 'Slim Pickens and Chief Dan George show why they are among the most noteworthy character actors ever to have graced the screen.'
- IMDb Mini Biography By: Susan Solomon