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Chief Dan George



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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

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