Chief Dan George

Actor
Native American character actor who made his mark in features late in life with several memorable performances. Chief Dan George first came to prominence with his Oscar-nominated supporting role as the philosophical ... Read more »
Born: 07/23/1899 in North Vancouver, British Columbia, CA

Filmography

Actor (10)

Americathon 1979 (Movie)

Sam Birdwater (Actor)

Spirit of the Wind 1978 (Movie)

Moses (Actor)

Shadow of the Hawk 1976 (Movie)

Old Man Hawk (Actor)

The Outlaw Josey Wales 1976 (Movie)

Lone Watie (Actor)

Cold Journey 1974 (Movie)

(Actor)

Harry and Tonto 1974 (Movie)

Old Indian (Actor)

The Bears and I 1973 (Movie)

Chief A-Tas-Ka-Nay (Actor)

Special London Bridge Special 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Big Man 1970 (Movie)

Old Lodge Skins (Actor)

Smith 1969 (Movie)

Ol'Antoine (Actor)

Biography

Native American character actor who made his mark in features late in life with several memorable performances. Chief Dan George first came to prominence with his Oscar-nominated supporting role as the philosophical tribesman who adopts Dustin Hoffman in Arthur Penn's offbeat, time-spanning saga "Little Big Man" (1970). Over the next decade he made half a dozen other feature appearances, often in sizable roles, and he also played Old Sioux in the memorable TV miniseries epic "Centennial" (1978-79). Sometimes his presence signified a bland kind of Hollywood liberalism ("The Bears and I" 1974), but he did provide a handful of memorable cameos ("Harry and Tonto" 1974) and a hilarious turn as Clint Eastwood's bumbling traveling companion in the superior "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976). Chief Dan George also made several small films in his native Canada and often added a dignified strength and depth to his roles in his brief but impressive career.

Milestones

1979

Last film, "Americathon"

1978

Played Old Sioux in the twelve-part NBC-TV miniseries, "Centennial"

1972

Appeared on the NBC variety special, "Special London Bridge Special"

1969

Played first prominent film role in "Little Big Man"

1968

Made feature film debut in "Smith!"

Bonus Trivia

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Inducted into the First Americans in the Arts Hall of Fame in 1998.

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