Chief Dan George

Highest Rated: 96% Little Big Man (1970)
Lowest Rated: 88% Harry and Tonto (1974)
Birthday: Jul 24, 1899
Birthplace: North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
A full-blooded Tse-lal-Watt Sioux, Canadian-born Chief Dan George was a manual laborer until his late 40s. Sidelined by an injury, George spent a dozen years as chief of his tribe. He stepped down from this post to become an actor at age 61, appearing on the Canadian TV adventure series Caribou Country. His first film was Smith!, produced in 1969. George was Oscar-nominated for his performance as Old Lodge Skins in the 1970 revisionist western Little Big Man. He continued appearing in films throughout the 1970s--sometimes in roles worthy of his talents, sometimes not (1971's Bob Hope vehicle Cancel My Reservation). In this last decade of his life, Chief Dan George actively campaigned for various Native American causes, foremost of which was his effort to guarantee that Indian roles in films would henceforth be played by Indians and not by heavily made-up Caucasians.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Nothing Personal Oscar 1980
No Score Yet Americathon Sam Birdwater 1979
No Score Yet Centennial Old Sioux 1978
No Score Yet Shadow of the Hawk Old Man Hawk 1976
95% The Outlaw Josey Wales Lone Watie 1976
88% Harry and Tonto Sam Two Feathers 1974
No Score Yet Dan Candy's Law Sounding Sky 1974
No Score Yet The Bears and I Chief Peter A-Tas-Ka-Nay 1974
No Score Yet Cancel My Reservation Old Bear 1972
96% Little Big Man Old Lodge Skins 1970
No Score Yet Smith! Ol' Antoine 1969

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
Charlie
  • 1972
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Red Cloud
  • 1971

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