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Russell Means

Highest Rated:   95% Sing Your Song (2012)
Lowest Rated:   0% Days and Nights (2014)
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Birthplace:   Pine Ridge, South Dakota, USA
Once described as "the most famous American Indian since Sitting Bull and Crazy Horse," Oglala/Lakota Sioux Russell Means made a name for himself as an activist two decades before he became an actor. Born in Pine Ridge, SD, near the storied Black Hills, Means joined the late '60s cultural foment as an avid advocate for American Indian rights and recognition. As the first national director of the American Indian Movement (he disdained the term "Native American") and a participant in the 1972 standoff with the government at Wounded Knee, Means became a prominent voice calling for self-determination and the preservation of American Indian heritage. Furthering his activist reach during the 1980s, Means traveled abroad to support freedom for other indigenous peoples worldwide, and ran for president as the Libertarian Party candidate in 1988. Seeing the potential in synergy, Means became a multimedia presence in the 1990s. Along with recording two albums and authoring his autobiography Where White Men Fear to Tread, Means also went into acting. Making his movie debut in Michael Mann's florid adaptation of James Fenimore Cooper's The Last of the Mohicans (1992), Means starred as the titular Chingachgook, father figure to Daniel Day-Lewis' Hawkeye. Taking his cue from such prior Native American actors as Chief Dan George and Will Sampson, Means portrayed Indians in a range of films and with humor as well as dignity. Following the ultra-serious Last of the Mohicans, Means appeared in the Western spoof Wagons East! (1994), and played the spiritually portentous Old Indian in Oliver Stone's bloody media satire Natural Born Killers (1994). Along with voicing Chief Powhatan in Disney's animated features Pocahontas (1995) and Pocahontas: Journey to a New World (1998), Means put his stamp on other well-known American Indian tales, reprising his role as Chingachgook in an adaptation of Cooper's The Pathfinder (1996), and appearing in the movie version of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's poem The Song of Hiawatha (1997). Responding to charges that his Hollywood career was a sell-out, Means noted that he poured his earnings back into such activist projects as American Indian education and continued to act. Means finished the decade with several films, including the crime drama Black Cat Run (1998) and the children's fantasy Thomas and the Magic Railroad (2000). He died of throat cancer in 2012, a few weeks before his 73rd birthday.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
0% Days and Nights
  • Big Jim
$6.5k 2014
66% Tiger Eyes
  • Willie Means
$25.7k 2013
95% Sing Your Song
  • Russell Means
$48.2k 2012
No Score Yet The (R)evolution of Immortal Technique
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Columbus Day Legacy
  • Actor
2011
88% Reel Injun
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Questions for Crazy Horse
  • Actor
2010
No Score Yet Rez Bomb
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Unearthed
  • Grandpa
2007
No Score Yet Brando
  • Actor
2007
10% Pathfinder
  • Pathfinder
$10.3M 2007
29% Black Cloud
  • Bud
2005
61% The Last Shot
  • Actor
$0.4M 2004
0% 29 Palms
  • Chief
2003
No Score Yet Wind River
  • Washakie
2001
No Score Yet Cowboy Up
  • Actor
2001
19% Thomas and the Magic Railroad
  • Billy Twofeathers
$2.1M 2000
No Score Yet Cowboy Up
  • Joe
2000
No Score Yet Black Cat Run
  • Ten Reed
1998
29% Pocahontas II: Journey to a New World
  • Powhatan
1998
No Score Yet Song of Hiawatha
  • Mudjekeewis
1997
No Score Yet The Pathfinder
  • Arrowhead
1996
57% Pocahontas
  • Powhatan
1995
No Score Yet Buffalo Girls
  • Sitting Bull
1995
0% Wagons East!
  • Chief
1994
46% Natural Born Killers
  • Old Indian
1994
No Score Yet Windrunner
  • Wa Tho Huck/Jim Thorpe
1994
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • Chingachgook
1992

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
88% Banshee
2013-2016
  • Benjamin Longshadow
  • 2013
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
  • 2010
95% Curb Your Enthusiasm
2000
  • Actor
  • 2004
No Score Yet Lass es, Larry!
2000
  • Actor
  • 2004

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