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Iron Eyes Cody



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.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
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 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
89% 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
No Score Yet 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 Code of the Redman
  • Actor
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

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