Wes Studi


Highest Rated: 100% Powwow Highway (1989)
Lowest Rated: 18% Street Fighter (1994)
Birthday: Dec 17, 1947
Birthplace: Nofire Hollow, Oklahoma, USA
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.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
58% A Dog's Way Home Actor 2019
No Score Yet Uno más de la familia Actor 2019
71% Hostiles Chief Yellow Hawk 2018
No Score Yet Defending the Fire Actor 2017
No Score Yet The Condemned 2 Cyrus Merrick 2015
43% 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
82% 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 Cosmic Radio Actor 2008
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 El Camino Dave 2008
No Score Yet Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Wovoka 2007
55% 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
29% 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
18% Street Fighter Sagat 1994
No Score Yet Ancient America: Nomads of the West Host 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 The Broken Chain Seth 1993
50% Geronimo - An American Legend Geronimo 1993
95% The Last of the Mohicans Magua 1992
56% The Doors Indian in Desert 1991
82% Dances With Wolves Toughest Pawnee 1990
100% Powwow Highway Buff 1989

TV

CREDIT
91% Penny Dreadful
2014-2016
Kaetenay
  • 2016
  • 2015
No Score Yet In Plain Sight
2008-2012
  • 2012
73% Hell on Wheels
2011-2016
Chief Many Horses
  • 2011
No Score Yet Independent Lens
1999
Appearing
  • 2010
No Score Yet The Mentalist
2008-2015
Joseph Silverwing
  • 2010
No Score Yet American Experience
1988
Major Ridge
  • 2009
73% Saving Grace
2007-2010
Robert Stillwater
  • 2009
No Score Yet Comanche Moon
2008
Buffalo Hump First Old Comanche
  • 2008
No Score Yet UC: Undercover
2001-2002
Armando Uribe
  • 2002
No Score Yet Highlander
1992-1998
Sheriff Benson
  • 1992

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