Iron Eyes Cody

Highest Rated: 100% The Paleface (1948)
Birthday: Apr 3, 1907
Birthplace: Gueydan, Louisiana, USA
While maintaining his whole life that he was part Cree and part Cherokee, actor Iron Eyes Cody was in fact born Espera DeCorti, a second generation Italian-American. He started out as a Wild-West-show performer, like his father before him. His earliest recognizable film appearances date back to 1919's Back to God's Country. While his choice of film roles was rather limited in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Cody made himself a valuable Hollywood commodity by offering his services as a technical advisor on Indian lore, customs, costuming and sign language. In between his TV work and personal appearances with the Ringling Bros. Circus and other such touring concerns, Iron Eyes continued accepting supporting roles in Hollywood westerns of the 1950s; he played Chief Crazy Horse twice, in Sitting Bull (1954) and The Great Sioux Massacre (1965). Far more erudite and well-read than most of his screen characters, Iron Eyes has in recent years become a popular interview subject and a fixture at western-movie conventions and film festivals. His famous appearance as the tear-shedding Indian in the "Keep America Beautiful" TV campaign of the 1970s recently enjoyed a "revival" on cable television. In 1982, Cody wrote his enjoyably candid autobiography, in which several high-profile movie stars were given the "emperor has no clothes" treatment. As well as being an actor, Cody owns an enormous collection of Indian artifacts, costumes, books and artwork; has written several books with Indian themes; is a member of the board of directors of the Los Angeles Indian Center, the Southwest Museum and the Los Angeles Library Association; is vice-president of the Little Big Horn Indian Association; is a member of the Verdugo Council of the Boy Scouts of America; and has participated as Grand Marshal of Native American pow-wows throughout the U.S.

Highest Rated Movies



80% The Spirit of '76 Himself 1990
62% Ernest Goes to Camp Old Indian Chief 1987
No Score Yet Grayeagle Standing Bear 1977
No Score Yet The Quest (The Longest Drive) Actor 1976
No Score Yet El Condor Santana 1970
No Score Yet Cockeyed Cowboys of Calico County Crazy Foot 1970
86% A Man Called Horse Medicine Man, Sun Vow Ritual 1970
No Score Yet Something for a Lonely Man Actor 1968
No Score Yet Fastest Guitar Alive First Indian 1968
No Score Yet The Great Sioux Massacre Crazy Horse 1965
No Score Yet Heller in Pink Tights Indian 1960
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James Bit part 1959
No Score Yet Gun Fever 1st Indian Chief 1958
No Score Yet Gun for a Coward Chief 1957
No Score Yet Westward Ho the Wagons! Many Stars 1956
No Score Yet White Feather Indian Chief 1955
No Score Yet Sitting Bull Crazy Horse 1954
No Score Yet Lost in Alaska Canook 1952
No Score Yet Apache Country Indian Brave 1952
89% Son of Paleface Indian Chief 1952
No Score Yet Montana Belle Cherokee 1952
No Score Yet Meet Me at the Fair Chief Rain-in-the-Face 1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain Indian 1951
90% Ace in the Hole (The Big Carnival) Indian Copy Boy 1951
No Score Yet Fort Defiance Brave Bear 1951
No Score Yet North of the Great Divide Presents Headdress (uncredited) 1950
89% Broken Arrow Teese 1950
No Score Yet Tulsa The Osage Indian 1949
100% The Paleface Chief Iron Eyes 1948
80% Unconquered Red Corn 1947
No Score Yet The Senator Was Indiscreet Indian 1947
No Score Yet Last Round-Up Indian 1947
No Score Yet Under Nevada Skies Indian 1946
No Score Yet Springtime in the Rockies Indian 1942
No Score Yet My Gal Sal Indian 1942
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun Indian 1942
No Score Yet In Old Cheyenne Actor 1941
No Score Yet Young Bill Hickok Big Bear 1940
No Score Yet Too Many Girls Indian 1940
No Score Yet Kit Carson Indian 1940
No Score Yet Young Buffalo Bill Comanche Renegade 1940
No Score Yet Pony Post Indian 1940
No Score Yet Green Hell Indian 1940
No Score Yet Union Pacific Indian Brave 1939
No Score Yet Crashing Thru Indian Joe 1939
No Score Yet Riders of the Whistling Skull Indian 1937
No Score Yet Ride, Ranger, Ride Comanche War Party Leader (uncredited) 1936
No Score Yet Treachery Rides the Range Little Deer 1936
No Score Yet Toll of the Desert Marauding Indian 1935
No Score Yet Whistlin' Dan Actor 1932
No Score Yet Texas Pioneers Little Eagle 1932
No Score Yet Fighting Caravans Indian after Firewater 1931
No Score Yet The Road to Yesterday Actor 1925


No Score Yet The A-Team
Chief Watashi
  • 1986
No Score Yet Bonanza
Winnemucca Long Bear
  • 1971
  • 1968
No Score Yet Maverick
  • 1959
  • 1958


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