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Jay Silverheels

Highest Rated:   97% Key Largo (1948)
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Birthplace:   Six Nations Reservation, Brantford, Ontario, Canada
A mixed-blood Mohawk Indian, Jay Silverheels was the son of a Canadian tribal chief. Silverheels excelled in sports during his youth and it was this prowess that brought him to Hollywood in 1938 as a stunt man. Though most of Silverheels' earliest film appearances went uncredited, it was difficult to ignore him in such roles as the Osceola boy in Key Largo (1948) and Geronimo in Broken Arrow (1950). In 1949, Silverheels was cast as Tonto on the pilot episode of TV's The Lone Ranger. Until the series shut down production in 1956, Silverheels essayed the role of the masked man's "faithful Indian companion," while Clayton Moore (and, briefly, John Hart) was seen as the Ranger. Silverheels also co-starred in two spin-off Lone Ranger theatrical films and reprised the Tonto role in a memorable Jeno's Pizza Rolls advertisement of the 1960s ("Have-um pizza roll, kemo sabe?"). Silverheels' other film credits include a cameo in the all-star fiasco The Phynx (1970) and a pivotal role in 1973's The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing. In the 1970s, Silverheels established himself as a prize-winning horse breeder and harness racing driver. During the period, he was asked if any of his new horses were faster than Tonto's Scout, whereupon Silverheels replied, "Heck, I can beat Scout." One of Jay Silverheels' last public appearance was on a comedy sketch on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show, wherein Silverheels summed up his relationship with the Lone Ranger as "30 lousy years."

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Gun Justice Featuring The Lone Ranger
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Lone Ranger - 75th Anniversary Collector's Edition
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet The Phantom
  • Atari warrior
2001
No Score Yet Lone Ranger's Triumph
  • Actor
1992
No Score Yet Santee
  • John Crow
1974
No Score Yet One Little Indian
  • Jimmy Wolfe
1973
No Score Yet The Man Who Loved Cat Dancing
  • The Chief
1973
90% True Grit
  • Condemned man at hanging
1969
No Score Yet Smith!
  • McDonald Lasheway
1969
No Score Yet Indian Paint
  • Chief Hevatanu
1964
No Score Yet Geronimo's Revenge
  • Natchez
1960
No Score Yet Alias Jesse James
  • Tonto
1959
60% The Lone Ranger and the Lost City of Gold
  • Tonto
1958
No Score Yet Walk the Proud Land
  • Geronimo
1956
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
  • Tonto
1956
No Score Yet The Search
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet One Mask Too Many
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Lone Ranger - Enter the Lone Ranger
  • Actor
1956
No Score Yet Champions of Justice
  • Actor
1955
No Score Yet Saskatchewan
  • Cajou
1954
No Score Yet The Black Dakotas
  • Black Buffalo
1954
No Score Yet War Arrow
  • Satanta
1953
No Score Yet The Nebraskan
  • Spotted Bear
1953
No Score Yet Jack McCall, Desperado
  • Red Cloud
1953
No Score Yet The Battle at Apache Pass
  • Geronimo
1952
No Score Yet Legend of the Lone Ranger
  • Actor
1952
No Score Yet The Story of Will Rogers
  • Joe Arrow
1952
No Score Yet Red Mountain
  • Little Crow
1951
89% Broken Arrow
  • Goklia
1950
No Score Yet Lust for Gold
  • Walter
1949
No Score Yet Lone Ranger
  • Actor
1949
No Score Yet Fury at Furnace Creek
  • Little Dog
1948
97% Key Largo
  • John Osceola
1948
No Score Yet Yellow Sky
  • Indian
1948
No Score Yet Unconquered
  • Indian
1947
No Score Yet Captain from Castile
  • Coatl
1947
No Score Yet Northwest Outpost
  • Indian Scout
1947
No Score Yet Last Round-Up
  • Sam Luther
1947
No Score Yet Northern Pursuit
  • Indian
1943
No Score Yet Valley of the Sun
  • Indian
1942
No Score Yet Too Many Girls
  • Indian
1940

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