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Eric Schweig

Highest Rated:   94% The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
Lowest Rated:   14% The Scarlet Letter (1995)
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Birthplace:   Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada
A prolific Canadian actor of German and Inuit decent, Eric Schweig has excelled onscreen since his feature debut in the 1990 drama The Shaman's Source. A notable key player in such subsequent features as The Last of the Mohicans, Squanto: A Warrior's Tale, and Ron Howard's The Missing, the stocky, physically imposing Schweig has built a lucrative career in Hollywood by both embracing his Inuit heritage and delivering performances that are thoughtful and moving. Schweig was adopted by a German family living in the Western Arctic shortly after his birth in the Canadian Northwest Territories in the summer of 1967, and though he would spend much of his youth living in Bermuda with his adopted family, the clan eventually returned to Canada to settle in Northern Ontario. Striking out on his own at the age of 16, the resourceful teen made a living by framing houses in his native Canada before a role in a 1987 Ontario stage production of The Cradle Will Fall sparked an interest in acting. In 1992, Schweig's career received just the boost it needed when he was hired by director Michael Mann to appear in The Last of the Mohicans, and the remainder of the 1990s found his onscreen career flourishing thanks to roles in such features as Squanto: A Warrior's Tale, The Scarlet Letter, and Tom and Huck. Schweig's 2000 portrayal of a quiet and unassuming general store owner who unexpectedly falls for a New York artist in the independent drama Big Eden offered what was perhaps his most emotionally complex role to date, and the grateful actor earned almost unanimous critical praise for his memorable performance. Though Schweig's strong leading performance as a policeman attempting to save his brother from self-destruction in Skins also earned positive critical notice, the film unfortunately went largely unseen. Following a pair of supporting roles in 2003's Mrs. Barrington and Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story, Schweig could next be seen as the menacing mystic whose powers border on the supernatural in acclaimed director Ron Howard's brutal Western The Missing. In addition to his acting career, Schweig has also gained a solid reputation as an artist thanks to his remarkable series of Inuit-inspired masks.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Gall
2007
No Score Yet Not Like Everyone Else
  • Tim Blackbear
2006
No Score Yet It Waits
  • Joseph Riverwind
2006
No Score Yet Mr. Barrington
  • Samuel
2006
No Score Yet One Dead Indian
  • Actor
2005
58% The Missing
  • Chidin
2003
No Score Yet Cowboys and Indians: The J.J. Harper Story
  • Actor
2003
59% Skins
  • Rudy Yellow Lodge
2002
65% Big Eden
  • Pike
2001
No Score Yet Larry McMurtry's 'Dead Man's Walk'
  • Buffalo Hump
1996
25% Tom and Huck
  • Injun Joe
1995
14% The Scarlet Letter
  • Metacomet
1995
No Score Yet Follow the River
  • Wildcat
1995
60% Squanto: A Warrior's Tale
  • Epenow
1994
No Score Yet Pontiac Moon
  • Ernest Ironplume
1994
No Score Yet The Broken Chain
  • Joseph Brant
1993
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • Uncas
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
95% Elementary
2012
  • Leon Moody

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