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Wes Studi



Full-blooded Cherokee actor Wes Studi didn't discover his true calling until much later in life than most actors. Stricken by his vocational teacher's early advice that he should be realistic and settle for life as a low-paid and under-appreciated worker, Studi admits that the advice cast a shadow under which he lived for years, uninspired to seek his fortune in the face of overwhelming adversity and slim odds of finding true success.

Born in Nofire Hollow, OK, in 1946 (or maybe 1947), Studi laughingly admits that there is some uncertainty to the actual date), the soft-spoken actor was the eldest of four sons and spent the majority of his childhood in Northeastern Oklahoma. The son of a ranch hand, Studi received his early education at Chilocco Indian School before graduating high school and being drafted into the army. Soon after being drafted Studi served 18 months in Vietnam.

Returning disillusioned by the horrors of war and the sometimes hostile reception that veterans received, Studi drifted for a couple of years, spending much of his time traveling and visiting his old Vietnam buddies. Seeking further sustenance, Studi entered Tulsa Junior College on the G.I. Bill. After Tulsa, Studi became inspired to make a difference in peoples lives, soon joining the American Indian Movement. Later attending Tahlequah University, Studi made further attempts at positive influence in his work with the Cherokee Nation.

Though he had been married previously, the relationship had failed and Studi remarried in 1974. Working for the Tulsa Indian Times while his wife worked as a teacher, the couple had two children while living in their Tulsa ranch before his second marriage suffered the same unfortunate fate as his first. It was the breakup of this marriage that found Studi discovering his true calling as an actor.

Studi found success appearing in theater as well as in productions for Nebraska Public Television in the summer of 1985. It was after Studi's role in the 1988 PBS production The Trial of Standing Bear that he fully realized his passion for acting. Soon deciding to make the fateful move to Los Angeles, Studi found work in such films as Dances With Wolves (1990) and Last of the Mohicans (1992) before taking a starring role in 1993's Geronimo: An American Legend. Making memorable appearances in such films as Heat (1995), Crazy Horse (1996), and Deep Rising (1998), Studi flourished in his new calling, finding frequent work with his expressive features and warm sense of humor.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
44% Planes: Fire And Rescue
  • Windlifter
2014
54% Road to Paloma
  • Numay
2014
No Score Yet Pie Lady Of Pie Town
  • Actor
2014
33% A Million Ways to Die in the West
  • Cochise
2014
No Score Yet Sugar
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Battledogs
  • Captain Falcons
2013
51% Being Flynn
  • Captain
2012
83% Avatar
  • Eytukan
2009
No Score Yet Call of the Wild 3D
  • Hatcher
2009
No Score Yet The Only Good Indian
  • Sam Franklin
2009
No Score Yet The Undying
  • Actor
2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
  • Buffalo Hump
2008
No Score Yet Older Than America
  • Richard Two Rivers
2008
No Score Yet Three Priests
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Cosmic Radio
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet El Camino
  • Dave
2008
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee
  • Wovoka
2007
54% Seraphim Falls
  • Water Man
2007
No Score Yet Miracle at Sage Creek
  • Chief Thomas
2005
69% Christmas in the Clouds
  • Wes
2005
No Score Yet Animal
  • Creeper
2005
62% The New World
  • Opechancanough
2005
No Score Yet Thief of Time
  • Lt. Joe Leaphorn
2004
29% The Alamo
  • Chief Bowl
2004
No Score Yet American Mystery! Coyote Waits
  • Actor
2003
No Score Yet Coyote Waits
  • Joe Leaphorn
2003
No Score Yet The Lone Ranger
  • Kulakinah
2003
No Score Yet Edge of America
  • Cuch
2003
No Score Yet Skinwalkers
  • Det. Joe Leaphorn
2002
48% Undisputed
  • Mingo Pace
2002
No Score Yet Wind River
  • Pocatello
2001
No Score Yet Road to Redemption
  • Frank Lightfoot
2001
60% Mystery Men
  • The Sphinx
1999
31% Deep Rising
  • Hanover
1998
No Score Yet Soundman
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Killing Jar
  • Cameron
1997
No Score Yet Lone Justice: Showdown at Plum Creek
  • One Horse
1996
No Score Yet Crazy Horse
  • Red Cloud
1996
86% Heat
  • Casals
1995
No Score Yet Streets of Laredo
  • Actor
1995
No Score Yet Lone Justice 2
  • One Horse
1995
15% Street Fighter
  • Sagat
1994
No Score Yet Ancient America: Eastern Woodlands
  • Host
1994
No Score Yet Ancient America: Northwest
  • Host
1994
No Score Yet Ancient America: Southwest
  • Host
1994
No Score Yet Ancient America: Nomads of the West
  • Host
1994
No Score Yet The Broken Chain
  • Seth
1993
53% Geronimo - An American Legend
  • Geronimo
1993
No Score Yet Lone Justice II
  • Actor
1993
94% The Last of the Mohicans
  • Magua
1992
54% The Doors
  • Indian in Desert
1991
82% Dances With Wolves
  • Toughest Pawnee
1990
100% Pow Wow Highway
  • Buff
1989

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
  • Joseph Silverwing
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • Actor
93% Penny Dreadful
2014-2016
  • Kaetenay
No Score Yet Hell on Wheels
2011-2016
  • Chief Many Horses
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
  • Appearing
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
  • Major Ridge
83% Saving Grace
2007-2010
  • Robert Stillwater

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