Jay Silverheels (1912–1980)

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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 Largo (1948). Most of Silverheels' roles consisted... See full bio »

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Known For

The Phynx Tonto


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 1974 A Different Drum (Short)
Jim Swift Hands
 1974 Dusty's Trail (TV Series)
Indian Chief
- Pechango Berries (1974) ... Indian Chief
 1973 Cannon (TV Series)
Jimmy One Eye
- Valley of the Damned (1973) ... Jimmy One Eye
 1973 Santee
John Crow
 1973 One Little Indian
Jimmy Wolf
 1972 Love, American Style (TV Series) (segment "Love and the Test of Manhood")
 1971 Cade's County (TV Series)
Chief Wild Horse
- Gray Wolf (1971) ... Chief Wild Horse
 1971 The Brady Bunch (TV Series)
Chief Eagle Cloud
- The Brady Braves (1971) ... Chief Eagle Cloud
 1971/II Cat Ballou (TV Movie)
Indian Chief
 1971 The Psychiatrist (TV Series)
Larrabee - Medicine Man
- The Longer Trail (1971) ... Larrabee - Medicine Man
 1968-1971 The Virginian (TV Series)
Spotted Hand / Den'Gwatzi
- The Animal (1971) ... Spotted Hand
- The Heritage (1968) ... Den'Gwatzi
 1970 The Phynx
 1969 True Grit
Condemned Man at Hanging (uncredited)
 1969 Smith!
McDonald Lasheway
 1967 Gentle Ben (TV Series)
Willie Sam Gopher
- Invasion of Willie Sam Gopher (1967) ... Willie Sam Gopher
 1966-1967 Pistols 'n' Petticoats (TV Series)
Great Bear
- Beware the Hangman (1967) ... Great Bear
- Hank and the Indian War (1966) ... Great Bear
 1966 The Rounders (TV Series)
John Tallgrass
- Don't Buffalo Me (1966) ... John Tallgrass
 1964-1965 Daniel Boone (TV Series)
Sashona / Latawa / Chenrogan
- The Christmas Story (1965) ... Sashona
- The Quietists (1965) ... Latawa
- Mountain of the Dead (1964) ... Chenrogan
 1965 Indian Paint
Chief Hevatanu
 1965 Branded (TV Series)
Wild Horse
- The Test (1965) ... Wild Horse
 1962 Laramie (TV Series)
- Day of the Savage (1962) ... Toma
 1961 Rawhide (TV Series)
Pawnee Joe
- The Gentleman's Gentleman (1961) ... Pawnee Joe
 1961 Frontier Circus (TV Series)
Chief Red Cloud
- Dr. Sam (1961) ... Chief Red Cloud
 1961 Gunslinger (TV Series)
Hopi Indian
- The Recruit (1961) ... Hopi Indian
 1961 Wagon Train (TV Series)
The Serpent
- Path of the Serpent (1961) ... The Serpent
 1960 The Magical World of Disney (TV Series)
 1960 Rescue 8 (TV Series)
- Leap of Life (1960) ... Charlie
 1959 Wanted: Dead or Alive (TV Series)
Charley Red Cloud
- Man on Horseback (1959) ... Charley Red Cloud
 1959 Alias Jesse James
Tonto (uncredited)
 1958 Return to Warbow
Indian Joe
 1949-1957 The Lone Ranger (TV Series)
- Outlaws in Greasepaint (1957) ... Tonto
- Blind Witness (1957) ... Tonto
- The Angel and the Outlaw (1957) ... Tonto
- The Banker's Son (1957) ... Tonto
- Journey to San Carlos (1957) ... Tonto
 1956 Walk the Proud Land
 1956 The Lone Ranger
 1955 The Vanishing American
 1955 The Lone Ranger Story
 1954 Masterson of Kansas
Chief Yellow Hawk
 1954 The Black Dakotas
Black Buffalo
 1954 Saskatchewan
 1953 War Arrow
 1953 The Nebraskan
Spotted Bear
 1953 Jack McCall, Desperado
Red Cloud
 1953 Last of the Comanches
Indian (uncredited)
 1952 The Pathfinder
 1952 Yankee Buccaneer
Lead Warrior
 1952 The Story of Will Rogers
Joe Arrow (uncredited)
 1952 Brave Warrior
 1952 The Half-Breed
Apache (uncredited)
 1952 The Battle at Apache Pass
 1951 The Wild Blue Yonder
 1951 Red Mountain
Little Crow (uncredited)
 1950 Broken Arrow
Geronimo (uncredited)
 1949 Sand
Indian (uncredited)
 1949 Trail of the Yukon
 1949 Lust for Gold
Deputy Walter (uncredited)
 1949 Laramie
Running Wolf (uncredited)
 1949 Tulsa
Creek Indian (uncredited)
 1949 Song of India
Villager (uncredited)
 1948 Yellow Sky
Indian (uncredited)
 1948 The Feathered Serpent
Diego (uncredited)
 1948 Family Honeymoon
Elevator Boy (uncredited)
 1948 Singin' Spurs
 1948 Key Largo
Tom Osceola (uncredited)
 1948 Fury at Furnace Creek
Little Dog (uncredited)
 1948 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
Indian Guide at Pier (uncredited)
 1947 Captain from Castile
Coatl (uncredited)
 1947 The Prairie
Running Deer
 1947 The Last Round-up
Sam Luther (uncredited)
 1947 Unconquered
Indian (uncredited)
 1947 Northwest Outpost
Indian Scout (uncredited)
 1947 Gas House Kids Go West
Kingsley's Henchman (uncredited)
 1946 Singin' in the Corn
Indian Brave
 1946 Romance of the West
Young Bear (uncredited)
 1945 Song of the Sarong
Spearman (uncredited)
 1944 Tahiti Nights
Lua (uncredited)
 1944 I Am an American (Short)
Indian (uncredited)
 1944 Lost in a Harem
Guard at Execution (uncredited)
 1944 Haunted Harbor
Native [Chs. 11-12] (uncredited)
 1944 Call of the Jungle
Native (uncredited)
 1944 The Tiger Woman
Native at Shack Shoot-Out [Ch. 7] (uncredited)
 1944 Passage to Marseille
Sailor Crewman on Boat Deck (uncredited)
 1944 Raiders of the Border
Indian at Trading Post (uncredited)
 1943 The Phantom
Astari Warrior (uncredited)
 1943 Northern Pursuit
Indian (uncredited)
 1943 The Girl from Monterrey
Fighter Tito Flores (as Harry Smith)
 1943 Daredevils of the West
Kiaga [Ch. 8-9] (uncredited)
 1943 Good Morning, Judge
Indian (uncredited)
 1942 Perils of Nyoka
Tuareg (uncredited)
 1942 Valley of the Sun
Indian (uncredited)
 1941 This Woman Is Mine
Indian Marauder (uncredited)
 1941 Jungle Girl
Lion Man Guard [Chs. 2-3, 15] (uncredited)
 1941 Western Union
Indian (uncredited)
 1940 Hudson's Bay
Indian (uncredited)
 1940 Too Many Girls
Indian (uncredited)
 1940 Kit Carson
Indian (uncredited)
 1940 The Sea Hawk
Native Lookout (uncredited)
 1937 Make a Wish
Indian Guide (uncredited)
Show Show Self (5 credits)
Show Show Archive footage (15 credits)

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Personal Details

Other Works:

(1970s)ll TV commercial: Appeared (as "Tonto") with Clayton Moore for Aqua-Velva After-Shave. See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 5 Articles | See more »

Alternate Names:

Harry Silversmith | Harry Smith


6' (1.83 m)


Mary Diroma  (his death)  (4 children) | See more »


A.G.E. Smith | Mabel Phoebe Doxtater

Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[re his lacrosse days] I was so scared, I was weak. I'd walk out on the floor shaking, thinking I can't do it, I can't, I can't. Then the whistle would blow, and I'd play in a fury. Happened every time. See more »


Mr. Silver heels was an Indigenous man who was born in Canada. It is incorrect to refer to him as "Indian," as his ancestors are not from India. See more »

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