Jay Silverheels

Highest Rated: 97% Key Largo (1948)
Birthday: May 26, 1912
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

CREDIT
No Score Yet Gun Justice Featuring The Lone Ranger Actor 2009
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
88% 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 Champions of Justice Actor 1955
No Score Yet Drums Across the River Taos 1954
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 Last Of The Comanches Indian 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 Fury at Furnace Creek Little Dog 1948
No Score Yet Yellow Sky Indian 1948
97% Key Largo John Osceola 1948
No Score Yet Family Honeymoon Elevator boy 1948
80% Unconquered Indian 1947
No Score Yet Captain from Castile Coatl 1947
No Score Yet Last Round-Up Sam Luther 1947
No Score Yet Northwest Outpost Indian Scout 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

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
1949-1957
Tonto
  • 2019
  • 1957
  • 1956
  • 1955
  • 1954
  • 1953
  • 1952
  • 1951
  • 1950
  • 1949
77% The Brady Bunch
1969-1974
Chief Dan Eagle
  • 1971

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