Wes Studi

Wes Studi

Highest Rated: 95% Soul (2020)

Lowest Rated: 13% Street Fighter (1994)

Birthday: Dec 17, 1947

Birthplace: Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, USA

This often intimidating but charismatic and ruggedly handsome actor of full-blooded Cherokee heritage enhanced several thoughtful Hollywood Westerns of the 1990s by thoroughly embodying roles that would have once been mere stereotypes and imbuing them with depth and dignity. The intense and muscular Studi first gained attention playing the "toughest" of the Pawnees in Kevin Costner's ambitious and well-meaning revisionist work "Dances With Wolves" (1990). He also lent his powerful presence to Oliver Stone's "The Doors" (1991), as the silent Indian in the desert, before coming into his own as a film and TV character player. The Oklahoma-born performer's native language is Cherokee, which he spoke until he started primary school at age five. Returning from serving in the Vietnam War, Studi became seriously involved with Native American politics. He joined the American Indian Movement and participated in their 1973 occupation of Wounded Knee, South Dakota. Studi subsequently attended college and helped start a Cherokee newspaper. He also began teaching the Cherokee language professionally before shifting to running his own horse ranch. The late 70s found Studi divorced and bereft of his ranch. Thinking it would be a good way to meet women, he decided to start taking acting lessons. Studi gained substantial stage experience in many productions with the American Indian Theatre Company and in a touring one-man show, "Coyote Chews His Own Tale." He consolidated his standing in films with a searing performance as the fiercely angry Magua in Michael Mann's stirring adaptation of "The Last of the Mohicans" (1992). Studi finally entered the limelight via his gritty yet noble interpretation of the title role of Walter Hill's classically elegant $35 million biopic "Geronimo: An American Legend" (1993). The commercial failure of that project sent him back to more fully clothed character roles in the forgettable Jean-Claude Van Damme vehicle "Street Fighter" (1994) and the high profile crime film "Heat" (1995). The latter project reunited him with "Last of the Mohicans" writer-director Mann and cast him as a L.A. cop aiding Al Pacino in his pursuit of professional thief Robert De Niro and his gang. Studi's distinctive bass voice can often be heard on TV documentaries about the Native American experience. He has also appeared in several historical TV-movies, series and miniseries. Wes Studi received an Honorary oscar at the 2nd Annual Academy Awards in 2020.

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Movies

Credit
95% 88% Soul Counselor (Voice) - 2020
50% 46% Badland Harlan Red (Character) - 2019
No Score Yet No Score Yet Rolling Thunder Wes (Character) - 2019
59% 71% A Dog's Way Home Captain Mica (Character) $42M 2019
70% 75% Hostiles Chief Yellow Hawk (Character) $29.8M 2017
No Score Yet No Score Yet From Ashes to Immortality Warrior (Character) - 2016
No Score Yet 27% The Condemned 2 Cyrus Merrick (Character) - 2015
33% 41% A Million Ways to Die in the West Cochise (Character) $42.6M 2014
No Score Yet No Score Yet Pie Lady of Pie Town Narrator - 2014
44% 56% Planes: Fire & Rescue Windlifter (Voice) $59.2M 2014
57% 55% Road to Paloma Numay (Character) - 2014
No Score Yet 70% Sugar Bishop (Character) - 2013
No Score Yet 15% Battledogs Captain Falcons (Character) - 2013
51% 41% Being Flynn Captain (Character) $526.3K 2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet Dome of Heaven DeWayne Moses (Character) - 2011
No Score Yet No Score Yet Canes of Power Narrator - 2010
No Score Yet 19% The Undying Lt. Wascoe (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 70% The Only Good Indian Sam (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 75% 21 and a Wakeup Unknown (Character) - 2009
82% 82% Avatar Eytucan (Voice) $760.5M 2009
No Score Yet 40% Call of the Wild Hatcher (Character) - 2009
No Score Yet 43% El Camino Dave (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet No Score Yet Three Priests Ben (Character) - 2008
No Score Yet 78% Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Wovoka/Jack Wilson (Character) - 2007
No Score Yet 20% Animal Creeper (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 24% Miracle at Sage Creek Chief Thomas (Character) - 2005
No Score Yet 71% A Thief of Time Joe Leaphorn (Character) - 2004
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ugly One: Thor's Revenge Father Mike (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 64% Coyote Waits Joe Leaphorn (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 77% On the Edge Cuch (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 49% The Lone Ranger Kulakinah (Character) - 2003
No Score Yet 58% Superfire Joe Nighttrail (Character) - 2002
No Score Yet 72% Skinwalkers Lt. Joe Leaphorn (Character) - 2002
48% 46% Undisputed Mingo Pace (Character) - 2002
69% 64% Christmas in the Clouds Bingo Caller (Character) $78.3K 2001
No Score Yet 62% Road to Redemption Frank Lightfoot (Character) $248.9K 2001
No Score Yet 57% Wind River Unknown (Character) - 1999
61% 57% Mystery Men The Sphinx (Character) $29.8M 1999
28% 43% Deep Rising Hanover (Character) $11.2M 1998
No Score Yet 0% Soundman Terry Leonard (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 62% The Killing Jar Cameron (Character) - 1997
No Score Yet 83% Crazy Horse Red Cloud (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lone Justice 3 One Horse (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Lone Justice II One Horse (Character) - 1995
87% 94% Heat Detective Casals (Character) $66.2M 1995
13% 20% Street Fighter Victor Sagat (Character) $33.2M 1994
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Broken Chain Seth/Chief/Speaker for the Tribes (Character) - 1993
48% 51% Geronimo: An American Legend Geronimo (Character) $18.4M 1993
93% 88% The Last of the Mohicans Magua (Character) $72.2M 1992
83% 87% Dances With Wolves Toughest Pawnee (Character) $184M 1990

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91% 90% Penny Dreadful Kaetenay (Character) 2016
No Score Yet No Score Yet In Plain Sight Chief Pierce (Guest Star) 2012
73% 89% Hell on Wheels Unknown (Guest Star) 2011-2012
No Score Yet No Score Yet La Plaza -- Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One Guest 2011
No Score Yet 87% The Mentalist Joseph Silverwing (Guest Star) 2010
No Score Yet 100% Kings Gen. Linus Abner (Character) 2009
No Score Yet No Score Yet Comanche Moon Unknown (Character) 2008
20% No Score Yet UC: Undercover Unknown (Guest Star) 2002
No Score Yet No Score Yet Promised Land Unknown (Guest Star) 1997

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